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Loss as Life in Building Stories

Loss means a lot of things in Building Stories, and, in keeping with the text’s complexity, loss is something that Ware’s characters dread, fight against, and fear, yet also something that they occasionally desire. Continue reading

 
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“I Hoped That the Book Would Just Be Fun”: A Brief Interview with Chris Ware

The creator of Building Stories talks to us about boxes, architecture, parents, and iPhones. Continue reading

 
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Building Stories: Stories about Art and Buildings, and Growing Up

As I unboxed Building Stories, sitting on the floor and slowly spreading out its wondrous contents, my first thought was of Marcel Duchamp’s Box in a Valise, his “portable museum”. Continue reading

 
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Marvel’s Bottom Line

In this excerpt from Sean Howe’s Marvel Comics: The Untold Story we’re brought into Marvel in 1992, buzzing with marketing changes, sales figures and the just-departed Image artists.
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The God of Small Things

In Building Stories, the game and the book-as-object are the frameworks through which a multilayered, intricate web of stories and relationships emerge. Continue reading

 
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The New York Art Book Fair 2012 At PS1

A visit to the NY Art Book Fair complete with people watching, nostalgia and horse meat. Continue reading

 
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Becoming Percy Crosby

An excerpt from Jared Gardner’s biography of Skippy’s Percy Crosby. Continue reading

 
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Before Barnaby: Crockett Johnson Grows Up and Turns Left

The artist typically said very little about his life before Barnaby. But before Barnaby, there was Crockett Johnson. And before Crockett Johnson, there was David Johnson Leisk. Continue reading