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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


“A Purely American Tale”: The Tragedy of Racism and Jimmy Corrigan: the smartest Kid on earth as Great American Novel

Paul Williams

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/9781604737929.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Comics Studies

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth is a graphic novel by Chris Ware that has generated enthusiastic attention from critics and reviewers over the last ten years. Published in 2000, it has been ... 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


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


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


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


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


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


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