Straggling behind the mild
2003 success of cartoonist Chris Ware's first facsimile collection of his
miscellaneous sketches, notes, and adolescent fantasies, arrives this second volume,
updating weary readers with the last ten years of Ware's clichÃƒÂ©d and outmoded
Working directly in pen and ink, watercolour, and white-out whenever he makes a
mistake, Ware has cannily edited out all legally sensitive and personally incriminating
material from his private journals, carefully recomposing each page to simulate
the appearance of an ordered mind and established aesthetic directive. All
phone numbers, references to ex-girlfriends, "false starts," and
embarrassing experiments with unfamiliar drawing media have been generously
excised to present the reader with the most pleasant and colourful sketchbook
reading experience available.
Included are Ware's
frustrated doodles for his book covers, angry personal assaults on friends, half-finished
comic strips, lengthy and tiresome fulminations of personal disappointments
both social and sexual, as well as his now-beloved drawings of the generally
miserable inhabitants of the city of Chicago.
All in all, a necessary volume for fans of fine art, water-based media, and
personal diatribe. Hardcover, attractively designed, and easy to resell.
& Quarterly, hardback, 208 pages, published December 2007
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 01 June, 2007.