Half Note Art
What can Picasso tell us about cartooning? How can we define ‘drawing’ in the greater tradition of visual art? Andrew Field has a few suggestions.
Chris Ware and the Unassuming Power of the Graphic Novel Form
An examination of the particular traits Chris Ware brings to graphic novels – or should we say “story drawings”?
Angoulême 2022: The Return
Bill Kartalopoulos visited the 49th Angoulême International Comics Festival, and there are dozens of photos to peruse in this big trip report!
Trip Report – Chicago Comics: 1960s to Now
Artist and educator Anya Davidson visits a new exhibition of Chicago cartoonists at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, spanning over half a century of history. Features dozens of pictures, an interview with co-curator Dan Nadel, and a visit to an alternative exhibition at the DIY space Gridsport.
“A Diary Of Time Itself”: An Academic Roundtable on Chris Ware’s Rusty Brown
A major work from a major artist, the first installment of Chis Ware’s collected Rusty Brown was released in the winter of 2019. Martha Kuhlman and the authors & scholars behind 2010”s Comics of Chris Ware reunited to discuss the work.
A Dialectic Approach to Comics Form
How many of the most fundamental formal aspects of comics constitute dialectical relationships.
Art Young Returns, and Nine More
At the top of Tumey’s stack of favorite books of 2017 sits a thick, five-pound book with about 800 old cartoons which are mostly political.
A Landmark in Comics History: The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum Opens in Columbus, Ohio
This year has seen no shortage of comics-related events and exhibitions, but the occasion most likely to have a long term impact is the opening of the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum at Ohio State University.
A collection of notes on Chris Ware’s Building Stories
“Red People for a Red Planet”: Acme Novelty Library #19, Color, and the Red Leitmotif
Things are not going well on Mars or on Earth. Chris Ware tells these tales with the help of a cartoonist’s best friend: the circle.
Tributes to Kim Thompson
Memories from David B., Peter Bagge, Mike Catron, Daniel Clowes, Helena G. Harvilicz, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Paul Karasik, Jason T. Miles, Tony Millionaire, Pat Moriarty, Eric Reynolds, Richard Sala, Joe Sacco, Chris Ware, and many others.
Ware and ‘When’ (and What About It)
A citizen of Berkeley opens Building Stories.
Days of Yesteryear
Now that all our fond hopes for 2013 have been dashed and our memories of 2012 rendered into a whited sepulcher, wouldn’t it be wonderful to relive those innocent times? Well, then, I’ve got the column for you.
Building Memories: Mine, Hers, and Ours
Our final installment in the Building Stories essays.
The Diagram of a Life
I finished reading Building Stories about an hour ago, and I’m already late on my deadline. Building Stories is big. It takes time to absorb. Even unpacking all the materials from the box requires time and space that I should have been giving to other things.
From Comics History to Personal Memory
In Building Stories the narrative past, present, and future come unglued from one another, reminding us that reading itself may also be an issue of memory, of what we recall and when we recall it.
Formal Disruption and Narrative Progress in Building Stories
Ware’s Building Stories, his new graphic-novel-in-a-box, moves away from the narrative and formal coherence of Jimmy Corrigan, eschewing most of that work’s sense of historical context to focus on the process of individual story-making.
Building Stories is in a very primary sense a comic about women and the private lives they lead.
The Silent Sublime
What does silence teach us about the graphic medium, and the perception that we listen to comics as much as we engage in reading them?
The Toc Toc of “Nothing, Really”
Rather than encountering a disability that’s visually present but verbally absent, readers meet with very explicit mention of the protagonist’s body at various points in various texts:.
At the Still Point of the Turning World: Chris Ware’s Building Stories and the Search for Structure in the Contemporary City
More than simply an exercise in narrative innovation, Building Stories is a project obsessed with the lived experience of time.
Night and Day: Notes on Building Stories
Building Stories? Take your time, and read it carefully.
Beautifully Failing, Anew
How does this concentrated exploration of failure shape our understanding of these artists’ accomplishments, as well as their relationship to their own work?
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.