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Chris Ware

May 18th, 2012

Host of Fear No ART, Elysabeth Alfano, sits down with acclaimed graphic novelist, Chris Ware, in his home library to get a sense for the mind behind the masterful artist.

Chris Ware was born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1967. He moved to San Antonio Texas at 16 and went to the University of Texas in Austin. There he began publishing a weekly strip in the local paper. Art Spiegelman saw his strip and called the sophomore and gave the unknown cartoonist 4 pages of RAW. He moved to Chicago in the early 90s and began publishing in the pages of The Chicago alt weekly New City the strip known as The Acme Novelty Library (the series is available from Fantagraphics). This critically acclaimed strip, which won several comics awards during the 1990s, is where Chris honed his distinctive style. From this strip emerged the graphic novel “Jimmy Corrigan – the Smartest Kid on Earth” (Pantheon Books, 2000) which received the Guardian First Book Award in 2001and the American Book Award in 2000 and the prestigious French comics award L’Alph Art award in 2003.

Chris is also one of America’s most respected popular artists and his work has appeared in many international art exhibits, and in 2002, at home in the Whitney Art Museum of New York.  In his spare time Chris publishes The RagTime Ephemeralist, an exquisitely designed and informative journal devoted to the exploration, preservation, and celebration of early 20th century American popular music. He continues to publish the Acme Novelty Library every week in Chicago where he lives with his wife Marnie.