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Sunday, April 12, 2009

New feature: Comic Art bibliography

The third issue of this year's IJOCA will be devoted to continuing John's 10-volume International Comic Art Bibliography, post-2005, with the cooperation of my online Comics Research Bibliography. As a run-up to that issue, I'll start posting sections that I've worked on. These won't have too many print publication citations yet because John and a graduate student are working on them. As expected, we're also concentrating in post-2005 to try to capture more of what definitely does not have already in print.

Please add missing citations to the comments section and we'll include you in the acknowledgements.

Let's see ... what to start with... how about Chris Ware?

Comic Books
COMIC BOOK MAKERS AND THEIR WORKS (cartoonists with single articles filed under main letter heading)
Ware, Chris

Arnold, Andrew D. 2000. Web Exclusive - Q and A With Comicbook Master Chris Ware;'s Andrew Arnold talked with the much-heralded author of 'Jimmy Corrigan'. (September 1).
Arnold, Andrew D. 2000. Best Comics 2000: Our rundown gives thumbs-up to Chris Ware and Joe Sacco. (December 13):,8599,91291,00.html
Arnold, Andrew D. 2002. A Comix Panel: Six top artists discuss comix [Art Spiegelman, Kim Deitch, Charles Burns, Chris Ware, Richard McGuire, Kaz, and Chip Kidd]. (March 6):,9565,214142,00.html
Arnold, Andrew D. 2004. Orgy! TIME.comix freaks out at 'McSweeney's Quarterly Concern' [Chris Ware anthology]. (June 18):,9565,654422,00.html
Baetens, Jan. 2000. New = Old, Old = New: Digital and Other Comics following Scott McCloud and Chris Ware. EBR 11 (Winter):
Baker, Kenneth. 2004. Books For The Holidays: Our recommendations of the most interesting and entertaining works for gift giving [Chris Ware By Daniel Raeburn; The New Smithsonian Book of Comic-Book Stories From Crumb to Clowes Edited by Bob Callahan].
San Francisco Chronicle (November 14): E-1. Online at
Baker, Sarah. 2007. Conscious Comic: Artist Chris Ware reveals his love for Ulysses.
Omaha Weekly Reader (February 15). Online at
Benedetti, Winda. 2001. Comic book art earns respect at hands of Clowes and Ware. Seattle Post-intelligencer (May 11). online at
Bengal, Rebecca. 2006. On Cartooning: Chris Ware. POV (July):
Bosman, Julie. 2006. A Comic Strip of New Yorker Covers [Chris Ware]. New York Times (November 18)
Branigan, Tania. 2001. Cartoon strip seeks to be first of the first books [Ware's Jimmy Corrigan]. The Guardian (August 24). online at,3604,541698,00.html
Brenner, Wayne Alan. 2004. Big Books Gift guide: Chris Ware by Daniel Raeburn. Austin Chronicle (December 10). Online at
Brockes, Emma. 2001. 'I still have overwhelming doubt about my ability'. Chris Ware won the Guardian First Book Award 2001 for Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. Emma Brockes finds the author endearingly embarrassed by his success. Guardian (December 7).
online at,4273,4315150,00.html
Cole, Patrick. 2006. Seminole Filmmaker, Guitarist Awarded $50,000 Grants [Joe Sacco, Jim Woodring, Chris Ware]. Bloomberg (December 4). Online at
Collias, Nicholas. 2004. The Sorta-Funnies: McSweeney's presents the first comic standing [Chris Ware]. Boise Weekly (August 18). online at
Edemariam, Aida. 2005. The art of melancholy: He may be a cartoonist, but Chris Ware is more likely to fill his strips with sighs than laughs. With a new book and a new family, he talks about tragedy and comics to Aida Edemariam. Guardian (October 31). Online at,6109,1605195,00.html
Fahey, Anna. 2001. Comic relief: Graphic literature gets its due on gallery walls. [Dan Clowes and Chris Ware exhibit]. Seattle Weekly (May 10)
Ferranto, Matt. 2005. The past is an old house: Chris Ware uses the graphic novel to dissolve convention notions of 'then' and 'now'. Art on Paper (March / April): 54-59
Frahm, Ole. 1995. Comic ist Ware, Comic ist billig. Die tageszeitung 22.5.
Frahm, Ole. 1995. Ware Comic macht keinen Profit. Die tageszeitung 6.6.
Gatti, Tom. 2005. Lives in graphic detail [Chris Ware]. Times of London (September 3).
Online at,,923-1760443,00.html
Glass, Ira. 2001. Superpowers (Episode 178) [Chris Ware interview]. National Public Radio's This American Life (February 23)
Glenn, Joshua. 2004. Tragicomic strips [Chris Ware]. Boston Globe (October 3)
Griffith, Bill. 1998. Chris Ware and Ben Katchor. Civilization (Jun/Jul).
Grossman, Lev, James Poniewozik, and Richard Schickel. 2003. Singing a new toon; Will the hot new film American Splendor persuade adults to look at comic books again? If it does, here are four that could hook them [Quimby by Ware, Blankets by Thompson, Persepolis by Satrapi, Nightmare Alley by Spain]. Time (August 25): 56-88
Gutoff, Bija. 2005. John Kuramoto: Animating Historic Architecture [Chris Ware's "Lost Building" DVD]. (March?):
Hall, Emily. 2001. Space Between Frames: Comics as Art at Roq la Rue [Dan Clowes and Chris Ware exhibit]. The Stranger 10 (37; May 31). online at
Helfrich, Gretchen. 2001. The Evolution of Comics [radio show with Spiegelman, Ware and McCloud]. WBEZ's Odyssey (November 16)
Higson, Charlie. 2004. State of the art: Charlie Higson revels in Chris Ware's collection of modern American masters, McSweeney's 13: The Comics Issue. The Guardian (July 24).
online at,,1267270,00.html
Hodgman, John. 2005. Righteousness in Tights: 'Graphic novels' may come and go, but the foundation of the comic book is still the superhero [Gerard Jones, Chris Ware, Jaime Hernandez, Peter Bagge, Michael Allred, James Sturm]. New York Times Book Review (April 24): 8-9. online at
Howard, Jennifer. 2004. Comics - Chris Ware, by Daniel Raeburn (Yale Univ., $19.95). Washington Post Book World(December 26): BW11
Hune-Brown, Nicholas. 2005. Graphic Nostalgia: Cartoonists Chris Ware, Seth and Charles Burns aren't lost in the past, but revelling in it. Maisonneuve (November 10):
Kannenberg, Jr., Gene. 2001. The Comics of Chris Ware: Text, Image, and Visual Narrative Strategies. In The Language of Comics: Word and Image. Ed. Robin Varnum and Christina T. Gibbons. Jackson: U of Mississippi Press
Kennedy, Mary. 2006. Letters: The Funny Pages ['Building Stories,' by Chris Ware]. New York Times Magazine (May 7)
Kwok, Janet K. 2005. Comics' Trendy Cousins: Graphic novelists behind 'Jimmy Corrigan' and 'Black Hole' appear at the Brattle [Chris Ware and Charles Burns]. Harvard Crimson (October 20). Online at
Mathie, Frank. 2006. Cartoonist's work on display at Chicago museum [Chris Ware]. ABC 7 News (May 8):
Medaris, David. 2006. Wisconsin Book Festival 2006: Chris Ware speaks. The Isthmus (October 9). online at
Moss, Wil. 2005. Ware's work more than a ‘Novelty’. Nashville City Paper (October 4):
Nadel, Dan. 2001. Clowes and Ware on tour. Comics Journal (230; February): 18
Nadel, Dan. 2004. The many varieties of life between the lines [Harry Mayerovitch, Lewis Trondheim, Chris Ware, Seth, Osamu Tezuka]. Washington Post Book World (June 6): 13
Paulson, Steve, Charles McGrath and Anne Strainchamps. 2004. Comix [Spiegelman, Ware, Gaiman, Katchor]. Wisconsin Public Radio's To The Best of Our Knowledge (September 5). online at
Pennington, Zac. 2001. Chris Ware Interview. [Seattle] Tablet (May 4). online at
Phipps, Keith. 2001. Chris Ware [interview]. The Onion:
Poniewozik, James. 2003. Books - Quimby The Mouse By Chris Ware. Time (August 25)
Potter, Steven. 2006. Loud and bright, comics leave an impression; Artist describes medium's lasting effects on popular culture [Chris Ware]. Journal Sentinal (May 4). Online at
Raeburn, Daniel. 2004. Chris Ware. New Haven: Yale University Press
Sabin, Roger. 1997. Not just superheroes [Seth; Chris Ware; Sacco]. Speak (Summer).
Schmidt, Patti. 2001. Interview with Chris Ware. CBC's Brave New Waves (May 25).
online at
Silenzi, Andrea. 2009. Talk to Me: Marjane Satrapi + Chris Ware [and Fran├žoise Mouly]. National Public Radio’s WNYC's Talk to Me blog (March 5): and
Silverblatt, Michael. 2000. Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes: Post-Modern Comix.
National Public Radio and KCRW's Bookworm (November 30). online at
Stanislawski, Ethan. 2006.
Chris Ware's urban cartoons make a strange but effective art exhibit. [University of] Chicago Maroon (June 2). Online at
Strauss, Neil. 2001. Creating Literature, One Comic Book at a Time: Chris Ware's Graphic Tales Mine His Own Life and Heart. New York Times (April 4)
Swanhuyser, Hiya. 2004. A Ware Ness: "Sequential artist" Chris Ware is a smart man with a strange vision. SF Weekly (June 9). Online at
Thomas, Rob. 2006. Cartoonist documents life one panel at a time [Chris Ware].
Capital Times (October 20). online at
Thomson, David. 2001. The antique rude show: His cartoons have a charming old-fashioned look about them. And then you read the words. David Thomson enters the bizarre world of Chris Ware. Guardian (September 4). online at,3604,546458,00.html
Thorson, Alice. 2007. The Art of Comic Books: Comic creator Chris Ware will speak at Nebraska exhibit Omaha native is known for his Acme Novelty Library comics. Kansas City Star (February 11). Online at
Tucker, Ken. 1999. Double takes [Family Guy animated character's resemblance to Chris Ware's comic book]. Entertainment Weekly (July 9): 10
Unknown. 2000. Dan Clowes & Chris Ware [Interview]. Mean Magazine (November/December)
Unknown. 2005. New Chris Ware in September: Plus Craig Thompson, and other Pantheon Releases. (June 17):
Unknown. 2006. Chris Ware at MCA Chicago. Art Daily (May 11):
Ware, Chris. 1998. The Ragtime Ephemeralist. Chicago: Chris Ware.
Ware, Chris. 2001. Say, Gang! Don't you think you'd be happier... [cartoon]. Kiplinger's (January): 130
Ware, Chris. 2001. Scott Joplin: King of Rag-time [comic strip]. Oxford American (40. Fifth annual music issue): 126
Ware, Chris. 2001. Sketchbook: Hollywood Rd. Hong Kong [art]. National Post's Saturday Night (August 4)
Ware, Chris [as George Wilson]. 2002. How to be a better man: The lost arts [illustrations]. Esquire (February): 89-96
Ware, Chris. 2003. Paperback writer: Guardian first book award winner Chris Ware says it in pictures [comic strip from sketchbook]. Guardian (July 12)
Ware, Chris. 2006. A Thanksgiving Feast [four covers and an online strip and interview].
New Yorker (November 27) and
Ware, Chris. 2006. Building Stories - the introduction. Independent (October 1). online at
Ware, Chris. 2007. One Eye: Charles Burns, Photographer. Virginia Quarterly Review (Winter): 104-117. Online at
Warren, Lynne. 2005. Chris Ware Interview: Chris Ware at the MCA. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (December):
Wolk, Douglas. 2004. Panel Discussion: Jimmy Jazz [Chris Ware By Daniel Raeburn].
Village Voice (November 16). Online at
Wolk, Douglas. 2005. The inimitable Chris Ware: The author of "Jimmy Corrigan" explores a fallen world in this new installment of breathtakingly intricate comic strips. Salon (September 2):
Wondrich, David. 2001. Ragtime: No longer a novelty in sepia [Chris Ware]. New York Times (January 21): Arts 35-36
Worland, Gayle. 2006. Wisconsin Book Festival: 5 questions with graphic novel genius Chris Ware. Wisconsin State Journal (October 13). Online at
Worden, Daniel. 2006. The Shameful Art: McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Comics, and the Politics of Affect [Chris Ware edited anthology]. MFS Modern Fiction Studies 52 (4, Winter)
Young, Robin. 2005. Comic Strip Artist Chris Ware. National Public Radio and WBUR's Here and Now (December 9). Online at
Acme Novelty Library
Arnold, Andrew D. 2001. The Depressing Joy of Chris Ware: TIME.comix looks at the latest "Acme Novelty Library". (November 27):,9565,185722,00.html
Baker, R.C. 2005. Panel Discussion: Chris Ware's The Acme Novelty Library. Village Voice (September 6). Online at,panel,67535,10.html
Mazanec, Tom. 2007. Lending legitimacy to comic book lit: 'The Acme Novelty Library' serves as an introduction to Chris Ware's graphic novels. Calvin College Chimes (February 2):
Parschalk, William. 2006. School-day ACME Novelty proves unique [Chris Ware].
Johns Hopkins News-Letter (March 31). Online at
Pruzan, Todd. 1996. American gothic [review of The Acme Novelty Library #8 by C. Ware]. Chicago 45(12; Dec):20.
Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth
Brattland, Jane Elin. 2007. Verdens beste tegneserie! Trist, lavmaelt og stemningsfull. RadioSelskapets tegneseriejury har karet 'Jimmy Corrigan' av Chris Ware til tidenes beste tegneserie. NRK Publisert (February 6). Online at
Bredehoft, Thomas A. 2006. Comics Architecture, Multidimensionality, and Time: Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. MFS Modern Fiction Studies 52 (4, Winter)
Blomkvist, Marten. 2001. Tecknat kan vinna litteraturpris [Chris Ware's "Jimmy Corrigan" in Swedish]. Dagens Nyheter (November 14)
Briggs, Raymond. 2001. The genius of Jimmy; Raymond Briggs hails Chris Ware's graphic novel, Jimmy Corrigan - the winner of the Guardian First Book Award. Guardian (December 8).
online at,4273,4315381,00.html
Daoust, Phil. 2001. Daddy, I hardly knew you; Phil Daoust admires a tragicomic autobiography of abandonment in Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware. Guardian (July 21). online at,4273,4225245,00.html
Dixon, Glenn. 2000. City of the slumped soldiers [Ware's 'Jimmy Corrigan' review]. Washington City Paper (November 10): 56-57
Gibbons, Fiachra. 2001. Graphic novel wins Guardian book award; Three way battle ends in triumph for 'wacky idea' [Ware's Jimmy Corrigan]. Guardian (December 7). online at,4273,4315134,00.html
Horton, Andrew. 2001. Beyond Archie and Spidey [review of Ware's Jimmy Corrigan]. Wall Street Journal (October 20): W10
Lawson, Mark, Craig Brown, Tom Paulin, and Miranda Sawyer. 2001. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware. BBC Newsnight (December 7). transcript online at
Niffenegger, Audrey. 1997. Music to Slit Your Wrists By [Chris Ware 'Acme Novelty Library']. EBR 6 (Winter):
Poniewozik, James. 2000. Right Way, Corrigan: From cartoonist Chris Ware, an elegantly crafted, poignant story of man and not-so-superman. Time (September 11)
Sharp, Iain. 2003. Comic genius [Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware]. Sunday Star-Times [Wellington, New Zealand] (July 27)
Unknown. 2000. In brief: Fiction: Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware. Washington Post (November 26): Book World 11
Unknown. 2001. Graphic novel wins First Book Award [Chris Ware's 'Jimmy Corrigan']. The Guardian (December 6). online at,10486,614660,00.html
von Busack, Richard. 2000. 100 Years Of Solitude: With 'Jimmy Corrigan,' Chris Ware brings the art of the comic book into the new century. San Jose Metro (November 9). online at
Selected illustrations
Mayle, Peter. 1997. Anything considered [jacket art by Chris Ware as 'George Wilson']. New York: Knopf.
Murakami, Haruki. 1997. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle [Jacket by Chris Ware, designed by Chip Kidd.]. New York: Knopf
Ware, Chris. 1996. [Cover art.]. American Illustration Annual 14.
Ware, Chris. 1997. Print's Regional Design Annual [cover art]. Print 51 (5).
Ware, Chris. 1998. [cartoon] Mother Jones (September)

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