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New book explores meaning and importance of work by graphic novelist and cartoonist Chris Ware

April 11th, 2010


SMITHFIELD, R.I.  - The innovation of artist Chris Ware, whose comics are rapidly being distinguished as essential to the developing canon of the graphic novel, is the topic of a new book co-edited by Martha Kuhlman, associate professor of comparative literature in the Department of English and Cultural Studies at Bryant University.

"The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing is a Way of Thinking," published this month by the University Press of Mississippi, is an exploration of Ware and his work, from his earliest drawings in the 1990s and his Acme Novelty Library series, to his best-selling "Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth" and his most recent works-in-progress, "Building Stories" and "Rusty Brown."

Ware, who has received numerous accolades from the literary and comics establishment, is considered "one of today's most skilled contemporary graphic novelists," Kuhlman said. "There is much to appreciate in his work. His stories are intricately constructed, and he takes his medium seriously."