chris ware
This week’s New Yorker double edition (Feb.16 & 23) has a stunning work by the critically acclaimed but little-known comic strip artist Chris Ware (copy of one of his oil paintings shown above). Taking up two full pages of the magazine and not available online, this comic tells a complete, poignant, soul-stirring story. Ware’s brilliant artwork employs facial expressions and body language so vivid the characters come to life, and conveys passion, pathos, hope, and resignation with incredibly spare text, line and colour. I hope Chris sees fit to allow it to be put online (it’s way too big and detailed for me to capture here, and would need to be recast as a multiframe serial to work on-screen). In the meantime, visit your magazine store and check it out — pages 172-73. Awesome.

On a similar subject, check out the videos of performance art using a light table and sand (the artist uses his fingers to ‘draw’ in sand on a light table, with the results projected on a screen and accompanied real-time by an orchestra) on Phil Vassar’s Just Playing blog.

And Phil also discovered this wonderful short animation called Life from Italian artist Bruno Bozzetto.

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  1. hugh macleod says:

    Funny, I went to college with Chris Ware. Nice guy. Unbelievably talented, even back then.

  2. Dave Pollard says:

    Wow, Hugh, you’re no slouch yourself. Which college turns out such exemplary artistic talent?

  3. hugh macleod says:

    UT Austin, late 80s

  4. Dick says:

    What an amazing pic. Shades of Edward Hopper. I shall take out the mortgage necessary to buy the New Yorker over here & check him out.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Chris Ware is the doyenne of comic scholars, and with good reason. He’s a fantastic artist, an innovator with layout, and can really pluck some emotional strings. (Of course, being at the top of the heap of non-superhero, independently created comics doesn’t mean much in a world where few people read comics at all.) I highly recommend Jimmy Corrigan: Smartest Kid on Earth. Fantastic and heartbreaking.

  6. Ed says:

    That painting is for sale at $5.0000 her in the Netherlands at I saw it a couple of months ago. I’m a big fan and would love to receive digital copy of article, as I can not get the NEw Yorker here in Amsterdam…

  7. Ed says:

    Hi Dave,I received the copy you sent me. Thanks a million!!! If there is anything you want from he netherlands, just give me a call..Thanks Again

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