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Twelve years after he changed the history of comics with Jimmy Corrigan, a new graphic novel masterpiece by Chris Ware.
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Published: 04 October 2012
Genre: Graphic novels
In Chris Ware's own words, 'Building Stories follows the inhabitants of a three-flat Chicago apartment house: a thirty-year-old woman who has yet to find someone with whom to spend the rest of her life; a couple who wonder if they can bear each other's company for another minute; and finally an elderly woman who never married and is the building's landlady...'The scope, the ambition, the artistry and emotional heft of this project are beyond anything even Chris Ware has achieved before.
There's nobody else doing anything in this medium that remotely approaches Ware for originality, plangency, complexity and exactitude. Astonishment is an entirely appropriate response
Sam Leith, Guardian
A major moment in British cultural history
Christopher Frayling, Radio 4
The book-length comic strip, with one or two exceptions, has never been taken very seriously in literary circles. Ware’s new work may change all that
Paul Davies, Daily Telegraph
Just occasionally, a writer or artist – or both in one – emerges who is so astoundingly original that everything else suddenly seems like a facsimile of what has come before. Chris Ware, the 45-year-old American comics artist, is one of these. Widely hailed as one of the foremost practitioners working in the medium today, his new book, if one can call it that without being reductionist, is a work of such startling genius that it is difficult to know where to begin
Jake Wallis Simons, Daily Telegraph
This is the first book which I have finished and immediately started again, wanting to experience each of the stories with full knowledge of what happens in the rest.... The number of narrative techniques Ware uses in the novel is giddying... Building Stories is a stunning piece of work, proving yet again why Ware is so frequently included in lists of the greatest living cartoonists
Alex Hern, New Statesman
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Chris Ware lives in Oak Park, Illinois, and is the author of Jimmy Corrigan - the Smartest Kid on Earth. He is currently serializing two new graphic novels in his ongoing periodical The ACME Novelty Library ...