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Comics as Non-Sequential Art: Chris Ware’s Joseph Cornell

Benjamin Widiss

in Drawing from Life: Memory and Subjectivity in Comic Art

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2014
ISBN:
9781617039058
eISBN:
9781621039907
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617039058.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines Chris Ware’s relationship(s) with artist and sculptor Joseph Cornell. One of the elements of Ware’s artistic biography is his affinity for the work of Cornell, and this was ... More


Chris Ware’s Failures

David M. Ball

in The Comics of Chris Ware

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines the persistent rhetoric of failure throughout Chris Ware’s comics, locating this impulse in a longer American literary genealogy that valorizes literary prestige over ... More


Past Imperfect: “Building Stories” and the Art of Memory

Peter R. Sattler

in The Comics of Chris Ware

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Cartoonists are aware of how comics can be easily forgotten, and thus have addressed “memory” as a central trope for discussing how their medium works, not only on the page but also in the minds of ... More


Autobiography with Two Heads: Quimby the Mouse

Benjamin Widiss

in The Comics of Chris Ware

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Chris Ware is known for his fascination with modes of representing (and complicating) temporal progress, which can be attributed to his highly self-conscious and theoretical approach to the comics ... More


In the Comics Workshop: Chris Ware and the Oubapo

Martha B. KuhlMan

in The Comics of Chris Ware

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines Chris Ware’s comics from a perspective informed by French comics, with emphasis on an experimental collective known as Oubapo. It shows how, for both Ware and Oubapo, the ... More


Inventing Cartooning Ancestors: Ware and the Comics Canon

Jeet Heer

in The Comics of Chris Ware

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines how Chris Ware has helped reshape the canon of comics history, paying particular attention to his book designs. It argues that through his work as an editor and book designer, ... More


Chris Ware and the Burden of Art History

Katherine Roeder

in The Comics of Chris Ware

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines Chris Ware’s comics version of art history and how it reveals his fundamental ambivalence toward high art and the institution of the museum, even when he has been celebrated by ... More


Chris Ware and the Pursuit of Slowness

Georgiana Banita

in The Comics of Chris Ware

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

In the formal grammar of Chris Ware’s comics, time is conspicuous, and forms of temporal progression (or speed) are inscribed in its graphic representation. Ware also emphasizes controlled pace as, ... More


The Limits of Realism: Alternative Comics and Middlebrow Aesthetics in the Anthologies of Chris Ware

Marc Singer

in The Comics of Chris Ware

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines Chris Ware’s rejection of realistic figure drawing in his own comics and his promotion of memoir, autobiography, and realistic fiction in his anthologies. It traces Ware’s ... More


Imagining an Idiosyncratic Belonging: Representing Disability in Chris Ware’s “Building Stories”

Margaret FinK BerMan

in The Comics of Chris Ware

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

In Chris Ware’s comic strip “Building Stories,” the protagonist is a 30-year-old woman who is an amputee and sometimes wears a prosthetic limb. Ware’s description strangely elides disability as a ... More


Comics and the Grammar of Diagrams

Isaac Cates

in The Comics of Chris Ware

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines sequentiality in comics theory in relation to Chris Ware’s comics and proposes a poetics of the diagram that draws upon information theory. It shows how understanding Ware’s ... More


On Modernism’s Ruins: The Architecture of “Building Stories” and Lost Buildings

Daniel Worden

in The Comics of Chris Ware

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines the prominence of Chicago in Chris Ware’s comics, particularly in Lost Buildings and the “Building Stories” comic strip. It discusses the importance of flânerie, mechanical ... More


Chris Ware’s “Building Stories,” Gentrification, and the Lives of/in Houses

Matt Godbey

in The Comics of Chris Ware

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

In 2002, the New York Times Magazine began publishing Chris Ware’s serialized comic strip, “Building Stories,” which introduces readers to a three-story row house in the Chicago neighborhood of ... More


Confronting the Intersections of Race, Immigration, and Representation in Chris Ware’s Comics

Joanna DaviS-Mcelligatt

in The Comics of Chris Ware

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter explores how Chris Ware’s comics, particularly the graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, engage questions of caricature and racism in American history in general and ... More


Comics Against Themselves: Chris Ware’s Graphic Narratives as literature

David M. Ball

in The Rise of the American Comics Artist: Creators and Contexts

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604737929
eISBN:
9781604737936
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604737929.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines Chris Ware’s graphic narratives in relation to a modernist aesthetic of fragmentation, the institutional maneuvers that sell comics, and Ware’s representation of the connection ... More


The Comics of Chris Ware

David M. Ball and Martha B. Kuhlman (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This book brings together contributions from established and emerging scholars about the comics of Chicago-based cartoonist Chris Ware (b. 1967). Both inside and outside academic circles, Ware’s work ... More


Masked Fathers: Jimmy Corrigan and the Superheroic Legacy

Jacob Brogan

in The Comics of Chris Ware

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

A constant concern in Chris Ware’s oeuvre is the role of the superhero in contemporary comics. Ware is troubled by the notion that superheroes are the forefathers of all new comics texts. In his ... More


Sequentiality as Realism

Hannah Miodrag

in Comics and Language: Reimagining Critical Discourse on the Form

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617038044
eISBN:
9781621039556
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617038044.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter examines the conceptualization of comics in terms of linear sequencing to differentiate it from other narrative media, focusing on the work of Chris Ware, such as his “Big Tex” strip. It ... More


Jimmy Corrigan and the Time of Crisis1

Manuel “Mandel” Cabrera

in Graphic Novels as Philosophy

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781496813275
eISBN:
9781496813312
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496813275.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

This chapter argues that philosophical questions are often born of crisis. They tend to arise when the people engaged in an endeavor like science or art face the possibility, not so much that their ... More


Public and Private Histories in Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan

Shawn Gilmore

in The Comics of Chris Ware

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781604734423
eISBN:
9781621032236
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

In his graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, Chris Ware employs narrative content that is shaped by a paratextual framework of prose and images, dubbed “General Instructions” and ... More


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