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Chris Ware interview in The Chicago Tribune

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If you aren’t aware of who Chris Ware is or what he does, I’d recommend starting with ‘Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid On Earth’ and then move on to everything else he has done.

The Drawn & Quarterly site has a collection of press, including reviews and interviews on one handy page. Here is Ware on the complexity of comics:

Comics are more an art of reading [rather] than looking. My use of naturalistic color and dead, simple drawing is an attempt to re-create, more or less, the left/right-brain process of conception and perception directly on the page. I believe that the development of language — of naming, categorization, conceptualization — destroys our ability to see as we age. As children, as we learn what things are, we are slowly learning to dismiss them visually. As adults, entirely submerged in words and concepts, we spend almost all of our time thinking and worrying about the past and the future, hardly ever looking at or engaging with the world visually. … By their density, I try to make my pages reflect the texture of the natural and psychological world. But I’m certainly not trying to test anyone’s patience.

The image above is from a set of covers he did for the New Yorker magazine and goes some way to showcasing the complexity of his work.

Written by The Department of Illustration

August 3, 2009 at 2:26 pm

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