Showing posts with label Chris Ware. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Chris Ware. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Politics and Prose and Jimmy Corrigan on Nov 30

There's no graphic novel book group meeting tonight - instead Ware's Jimmy Corrigan will be discussed on Nov. 30th.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Pop culture professor Ray Browne dies

"Ray Browne, 87; Professor saw the potential in studying pop culture," By T. Rees Shapiro
Washington Post Staff Writer, Thursday, October 29, 2009.

I never met him, but obviously I agree with his life's work. By the way, the current New Yorker, November 2, 2009, is this year's thin cartoon issue - it doesn't even say it on the spine - and it's got work by Chris Ware in it. Speaking of pop culture sneaking into high brow worlds...

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Vip, Bok, Ware and Fish N Chips

A few new acquisitions can also make points about the Secret History of Comics.

The first is a set of three in-house books by CACI, a defense contractor. While these types of companies aren't usually known for their sense of humor, CACI's had the good sense to have their books initially illustrated by 'Vip' aka Virgil Partch. He was followed by gag and Playboy cartoonist John Dempsey and then most recently by editorial cartoonist Chip Bok.

Front cover to one of the three books with art by Vip.

Vip interior art.

John Dempsey cartoon.

Chip Bok cartoon.

Back cover of boxed set with art by Bok.

All three of these are major cartoonists, but I don't think their work here would be easily found.

The next item is the interior cover page of Chris Ware's Quimby the Mouse.

This is actually what a book signed by Chris Ware looks like - it's so subtle it's not something you'd really notice if you were in a hurry. Chris signed this for me at PENFaulkner, so I guarantee this is what you should be looking for.

Finally, at the Small Press Expo, I picked up Fish N Chips by Steve Hamaker. This book's apparently available now since I bought it two months ago, so one could ask 'what's it doing in a secret history post?' Steve's book, nominally from Vigil Press, is apparently self-published and there's no info in the book on how to order it. These days, Google tosses up his website with more information on the book, but parts of it appear to be last updated in 2005 and there's no guarantee that he'll keep the site up and a library or collector of the future might be confused by the lack of information in the book. Buy a copy from him to help comic scholars of the future and because he's a nice guy who did a fun fish sketch for me. BTW, he's coloring Bone for Jeff Smith.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Comics and Graphic Novels in the Classroom panel report

Literature professors Marc Singer (Howard U) and Michael Wenthe (American U) and I did a short panel at Busboys and Poets on 14th St at the request of PENFaulkner. Lynda Barry, Alison Bechdel and Chris Ware were in the audience and hopefully got some of the buffet supper. My friend, and potential breakout cartoonist for Cul de Sac, Richard Thompson accompanied me and didn't look too glazed over when the talk went academic at times.

I recorded 99% of the panel  - I missed my first question as moderator "Why have comics in the classroom, and how do you do it" was roughly the question. Marc Singer begins replying and the beginning of his reply is cut off too.

After the event, I was able to talk briefly with Lynda Barry who has some very interesting working methods. For her 100 Demons book, which I recommend, she has words written on cards that she pulls at random out of a bag. She then takes the word she's selected and writes other words that it reminds her of. When she has an idea for the strip, she starts writing and drawing it. As she said, 'The first draft is the only draft.' She also talked to Michael and I about her novel Cruddy, saying that she had been trying to write it for nine years on a computer. When she switched to writing with her brush and ink, it was done in under a year, so she feels that for cartoonists the link between moving your hand and thinking is wired into one's brain. Also for Cruddy, the illustrations are finger-painted, using ink, I think.

Lynda was absolutely great to talk to and very encouraging to anyone (including Chris Ware as he related the next night) who approached her. Alison and Chris are fun to talk to as well, and I'd like to spend more time talking comics with Dan Raeburn who's done three booklets and one big book on them. He moderated the talk by the cartoonists on the following night and I'll post on that separately.

Lynda's strips are now being posted on the Drawn & Quarterly blog.

Monday, October 22, 2007

Nov 8 - PEN/Faulkner "Comics and Graphic novels in the classroom"

A pre-Nov 9th Graphic Novels PEN/Faulkner event will be held at Busboys and Poets Cafe, 1390 V St, NW, WDC featuring professors Marc Singer (Howard), Michael Wenthe (American) and me (not a professor) on "Comics and Graphic Novels in the Classroom." The dinner costs $22.50 and one can rsvp to 202-898-9063 or tpoole@penfaulkner.org. I think that Barry, Bechdel and Ware will be at this event as well as speaking the next day.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Nov 9: PenFaulkner on comics REPOST

Lynda Barry, Alison Bechdel and Chris Ware - Nov. 9, 2007
PenFaulkner Reading series

Tickets are $15.00.

Graphic Novels
Lynda Barry, Chris Ware
Daniel Raeburn, Moderator
Friday, November 9, 8 p.m.

Held at the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater of the Washington, DC Jewish Community Center

Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry is a writer and cartoonist whose comic strip “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” celebrates its 30th year in print in 2007. She is the author of The Good Times are Killing Me, which she adapted into a long-running off-Broadway play. The New York Times called her second novel, Cruddy, “a work of terrible beauty.” She received the 2003 William Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album and an American Library Association Alex Award for her book One! Hundred! Demons! She lives and works in southern Wisconsin.

Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel’s comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For has become a countercultural institution since it began in 1983. The strip is syndicated in dozens of newspapers, translated into several languages and collected in a series of award-winning books. Utne magazine has listed DTWOF as “one of the greatest hits of the twentieth century.” And Comics Journal says, “Bechdel's art distills the pleasures of Friends and The Nation; we recognize our world in it, with its sorrows and ironies.”
Chris Ware

Chris Ware is the writer and cartoonist of the periodical The ACME Novelty Library. His other works include Jimmy Corrigan — the Smartest Kid on Earth, recipient of an American Book Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and L’Alph Art; The ACME Novelty Datebook Volumes 1 and 2; and Quimby the Mouse. His work has appeared in many national and international art exhibits, including the Whitney Biennial exhibit in 2002. He was recently awarded the Hoi Fellowship by the newly-formed United States Artists. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, Ware is currently at work on two longform graphic novels, Rusty Brown and Building Stories.


Daniel Raeburn is the author of the book Chris Ware. His essays have appeared in The Baffler, Tin House, and The New Yorker. His book about comic books, The Imp of the Perverse, is forthcoming. He teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Updating the Comics Research Bibliography 6/20/07 - includes Chris Ware citations

A friend of mine asked for what I citations had on Chris Ware, so I put together some which are towards the bottom of this list.

Olkowski, Lu. 2007.
Creatures, Milch, McEwan: Bee-ing There [Creature Comforts].
National Public Radio and WNYC's Studio 360 (June 15).
online at http://www.studio360.org/episodes/2007/06/15

Kampfner, Judith. 2007.
Creatures, Milch, McEwan: Silver Surfer.
National Public Radio and WNYC's Studio 360 (June 15).
Online at http://www.studio360.org/episodes/2007/06/15

Dawson, Angela / Entertainment News Wire. 2007.
Bad Surfer dude: The Fantastic Four are back to battle a metallic new
villain.
[Washington Post] Express (June 14): 19

Garfield, Bob. 2007.
Tintin in the World [R.Sikoryak interview].
National Public Radio's On the Media (June 15).
online at http://www.onthemedia.org/transcripts/2007/06/15/08


Hansen, Janet V. 1984.
So You Want to Start your Own Business? [computer-created gag cartoons;
copy at MSU].
Mt. Prospect, IL: Janet V. Hansen

Maynard, John. 2007.
On 'Lil' Bush,' It's the Laughs That Are Tiny.
Washington Post (June 13): C7

McConnell, Robin. 2007.
Barron Storey.
Inkstuds (June 14): http://www.inkstuds.com/?p=173

Moore, Kris. 2007.
Kris Moore - Getting The Signature [autographed comic book collector].
Scoop (June 15):
http://scoop.diamondgalleries.com/scoop_article.asp?ai=15534&si=124

Myers, Bernice. 1979.
Bernice Myers' Book of Giggles [gag comic strips for children; copy at
MSU].
Scholastic

Pressley, Nelson. 2007.
Satoshi Kon, Anime's Dream Weaver: The Japanese Filmmaker Goes Inside
His Characters' Heads to Get Inside Moviegoers' Hearts.
Washington Post (June 17): N3.
Online at
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/06/15/AR200706
1500492.html

Mayo, Jenny. 2007.
'Paprika' offers spicy animation for adults [Satoshi Kon anime].
Washington Times (June 15).
Online at
http://www.washingtontimes.com/entertainment/20070614-085513-6311r.htm

Ressner, Jeffrey. 2007.
Axis of evil: No one embodies villainy this season better than Thomas
Haden Chruch, Timothy Olyphant and Julian McMahon. An exclusive Q&A
[Spider-Man 3, Fantastic Four movies].
USA Weekend (May 4-6): 12-14

Rosenberg, Scott. 2007.
King Cat Comix: Brandon Graham.
[Washington Post] Express (June 18).
Online at
http://www.readexpress.com/read_freeride/2007/06/king_cat_comix_brandon_
graham.php

Spurgeon, Tom. 2007.
CR Sunday Interview: Paul Karasik.
Comics Reporter (June 17):
http://www.comicsreporter.com/index.php/cr_sunday_interview_paul_karasik
/

Yandow, A. Richard. 2006.
Letters: The Funny Pages [Jaime Hernandez's 'La Maggie La Loca'].
New York Times Magazine (May 7)

Poniewozik, James. 2003.
Books: Blankets By Craig Thompson.
Time (August 25)

Zeidler, Sue. 2007.
Animation industry hopes for more grown-up 'toons.
Reuters (June 13).
Online at
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20070614/media_nm/animation_hollywood_dc_1

Unknown. 2007.
Barks Art Sets Bonhams' Record.
Scoop (June 15):
http://scoop.diamondgalleries.com/scoop_article.asp?ai=15547&si=123

Bengal, Rebecca. 2006.
On Cartooning: Jessica Abel.
POV (July):
http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2006/tintinandi/sfartists_abel.html

Bengal, Rebecca. 2006.
On Cartooning: Phoebe Gloeckner.
POV (July):
http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2006/tintinandi/sfartists_gloeckner.html

Chris Ware

Bengal, Rebecca. 2006.
On Cartooning: Chris Ware.
POV (July):
http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2006/tintinandi/sfartists_ware.html

Ware, Chris. 2006.
Building Stories - the introduction.
Independent (October 1).
online at
http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/books/features/article1856445.ece

Worland, Gayle. 2006.
Wisconsin Book Festival: 5 questions with graphic novel genius Chris
Ware.
Wisconsin State Journal (October 13).
Online at
http://www.madison.com/wsj/home/entertainment/index.php?ntid=103165&ntpi
d=2

Young, Robin. 2005.
Comic Strip Artist Chris Ware.
National Public Radio and WBUR's Here and Now (December 9).
Online at http://www.here-now.org/shows/2005/12/20051209_17.asp

Potter, Steven. 2006.
Loud and bright, comics leave an impression; Artist describes medium's
lasting effects on popular culture [Chris Ware].
Journal Sentinal (May 4).
Online at http://www.jsonline.com/story/index.aspx?id=421008

Parschalk, William. 2006.
School-day ACME Novelty proves unique [Chris Ware].
Johns Hopkins News-Letter (March 31).
Online at
http://www.jhunewsletter.com/vnews/display.v/ART/2006/03/31/442ebfdb87b7
b

Warren, Lynne. 2005.
Chris Ware Interview: Chris Ware at the MCA.
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (December):
http://www.mcachicago.org/MCA/exhibit/ware_interview.html

Stanislawski, Ethan. 2006.
Chris Ware's urban cartoons make a strange but effective art exhibit.
[University of] Chicago Maroon (June 2).
Online at
http://maroon.uchicago.edu/voices/articles/2006/06/02/chris_wares_urban_
ca.php

Unknown. 2006.
Chris Ware at MCA Chicago.
Art Daily (May 11):
http://www.artdaily.com/section/news/index.asp?int_sec=2&int_new=15698

Mathie, Frank. 2006.
Cartoonist's work on display at Chicago museum [Chris Ware].
ABC 7 News (May 8):
http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=local&id=4153742

Kennedy, Mary. 2006.
Letters: The Funny Pages ['Building Stories,' by Chris Ware].
New York Times Magazine (May 7)

Mazanec, Tom. 2007.
Lending legitimacy to comic book lit: 'The Acme Novelty Library' serves
as an introduction to Chris Ware's graphic novels.
Calvin College Chimes (February 2):
http://www-stu.calvin.edu/chimes/article.php?id=1953

Ware, Chris. 2007.
One Eye: Charles Burns, Photographer.
Virginia Quarterly Review (Winter): 104-117
Online at http://www.vqronline.org/articles/2007/winter/burns-one-eye/

Cole, Patrick. 2006.
Seminole Filmmaker, Guitarist Awarded $50,000 Grants [Joe Sacco, Jim
Woodring, Chris Ware]
Bloomberg (December 4).
Online at
http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601088&sid=aBqvgBE9MNnY&refer=m
use

Kwok, Janet K. 2005.
Comics' Trendy Cousins: Graphic novelists behind 'Jimmy Corrigan' and
'Black Hole' appear at the Brattle [Chris Ware and Charles Burns].
Harvard Crimson (October 20).
Online at http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=509245

Edemariam, Aida. 2005.
The art of melancholy: He may be a cartoonist, but Chris Ware is more
likely to fill his strips with sighs than laughs. With a new book and a
new family, he talks about tragedy and comics to Aida Edemariam.
Guardian (October 31).
Online at
http://books.guardian.co.uk/news/articles/0,6109,1605195,00.html

Hune-Brown, Nicholas. 2005.
Graphic Nostalgia: Cartoonists Chris Ware, Seth and Charles Burns aren't
lost in the past, but revelling in it.
Maisonneuve (November 10):
http://www.maisonneuve.org/index.php?&page_id=12&article_id=1898

Poniewozik, James. 2000.
Right Way, Corrigan: From cartoonist Chris Ware, an elegantly crafted,
poignant story of man and not-so-superman.
Time (September 11)

Arnold, Andrew D. 2000.
Web Exclusive - Q and A With Comicbook Master Chris Ware; TIME.com's
Andrew Arnold talked with the much-heralded author of 'Jimmy Corrigan'.
Time.com (September 1).

Poniewozik, James. 2003.
Books - Quimby The Mouse By Chris Ware.
Time (August 25)

Raeburn, Daniel. 2004.
Chris Ware.
New Haven: Yale University Press

Kannenberg, Jr., Gene. 2001.
The Comics of Chris Ware: Text, Image, and Visual Narrative Strategies.
In The Language of Comics: Word and Image. Ed. Robin Varnum and
Christina T. Gibbons.
Jackson: U of Mississippi Press

Baker, Sarah. 2007.
Conscious Comic: Artist Chris Ware reveals his love for Ulysses.
Omaha Weekly Reader (February 15).
Online at
http://www.thereader.com/art.php?subaction=showfull&id=1171564906&archiv
e=&start_from=&ucat=11&

Brattland, Jane Elin. 2007. Verdens beste tegneserie! Trist, lavmaelt
og stemningsfull. RadioSelskapets tegneseriejury har karet 'Jimmy
Corrigan' av Chris Ware til tidenes beste tegneserie.
NRK Publisert (February 6).
Online at http://www.nrk.no/nyheter/kultur/1.1774455

Thorson, Alice. 2007.
The Art of Comic Books: Comic creator Chris Ware will speak at Nebraska
exhibit Omaha native is known for his Acme Novelty Library comics.
Kansas City Star (February 11).
Online at
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/entertainment/16656427.htm

Bredehoft, Thomas A. 2006.
Comics Architecture, Multidimensionality, and Time: Chris Ware's Jimmy
Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth.
MFS Modern Fiction Studies 52 (4, Winter)

Worden, Daniel. 2006.
The Shameful Art: McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Comics, and the
Politics of Affect [Chris Ware edited anthology].
MFS Modern Fiction Studies 52 (4, Winter)

Gutoff, Bija. 2005.
John Kuramoto: Animating Historic Architecture [Chris Ware's "Lost
Building" DVD].
Apple.com (March?): http://www.apple.com/pro/video/kuramoto/

Gatti, Tom. 2005.
Lives in graphic detail [Chris Ware].
Times of London (September 3).
Online at http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,923-1760443,00.html

Wolk, Douglas. 2005.
The inimitable Chris Ware: The author of "Jimmy Corrigan" explores a
fallen world in this new installment of breathtakingly intricate comic
strips.
Salon (September 2):
http://www.salon.com/books/review/2005/09/02/ware/print.html

Baker, R.C. 2005.
Panel Discussion: Chris Ware's The Acme Novelty Library.
Village Voice (September 6).
Online at http://villagevoice.com/books/0536,panel,67535,10.html

Howard, Jennifer. 2004.
Comics - Chris Ware, by Daniel Raeburn (Yale Univ., $19.95).
Washington Post Book World(December 26): BW11

Wolk, Douglas. 2004.
Panel Discussion: Jimmy Jazz [Chris Ware By Daniel Raeburn].
Village Voice (November 16).
Online at http://www.villagevoice.com/issues/0446/wolk.php

Swanhuyser, Hiya. 2004.
A Ware Ness: "Sequential artist" Chris Ware is a smart man with a
strange vision.
SF Weekly (June 9).
Online at
http://www.sfweekly.com/issues/2004-06-09/nightday.html/1/index.html?src
=newsletter

Monday, September 10, 2007

Nov 9: PenFaulkner on comics

Lynda Barry, Alison Bechdel and Chris Ware - Nov. 9, 2007
PenFaulkner Reading series

Tickets are $15.00.

Graphic Novels
Lynda Barry, Chris Ware
Daniel Raeburn, Moderator
Friday, November 9, 8 p.m.

Held at the Aaron and Cecile Goldman Theater of the Washington, DC Jewish Community Center

Lynda Barry

Lynda Barry is a writer and cartoonist whose comic strip “Ernie Pook’s Comeek” celebrates its 30th year in print in 2007. She is the author of The Good Times are Killing Me, which she adapted into a long-running off-Broadway play. The New York Times called her second novel, Cruddy, “a work of terrible beauty.” She received the 2003 William Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album and an American Library Association Alex Award for her book One! Hundred! Demons! She lives and works in southern Wisconsin.
Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel’s comic strip Dykes To Watch Out For has become a countercultural institution since it began in 1983. The strip is syndicated in dozens of newspapers, translated into several languages and collected in a series of award-winning books. Utne magazine has listed DTWOF as “one of the greatest hits of the twentieth century.” And Comics Journal says, “Bechdel's art distills the pleasures of Friends and The Nation; we recognize our world in it, with its sorrows and ironies.”
Chris Ware

Chris Ware is the writer and cartoonist of the periodical The ACME Novelty Library. His other works include Jimmy Corrigan — the Smartest Kid on Earth, recipient of an American Book Award, the Guardian First Book Award, and L’Alph Art; The ACME Novelty Datebook Volumes 1 and 2; and Quimby the Mouse. His work has appeared in many national and international art exhibits, including the Whitney Biennial exhibit in 2002. He was recently awarded the Hoi Fellowship by the newly-formed United States Artists. A regular contributor to The New Yorker, Ware is currently at work on two longform graphic novels, Rusty Brown and Building Stories.


Daniel Raeburn is the author of the book Chris Ware. His essays have appeared in The Baffler, Tin House, and The New Yorker. His book about comic books, The Imp of the Perverse, is forthcoming. He teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.