Chris Ware

Chris Ware is an American graphic novelist and cartoonist known for his intricate and emotionally complex graphic novels. He is best known for his 'Acme Novelty Library' series and the graphic novels 'Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth' and 'Building Stories'. His work is characterized by its detailed craftsmanship and innovative use of the comic book medium, often exploring themes of social isolation, emotional pain, and the complexity of human relationships.


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  1. 1. Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth

    The book is a graphic novel that tells the story of Jimmy Corrigan, an awkward and lonely man in his mid-thirties. Jimmy has lived his entire life under the thumb of his overbearing mother. When he receives a letter from his estranged father, whom he has never met, he embarks on a journey that takes him from his home in Chicago to a small town in Michigan. Along the way, the narrative delves into the lives of his ancestors, revealing a history of loneliness and disappointment that seems to be repeating itself in Jimmy's own life.

    The 1428th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Building Stories

    "Building Stories" is a unique graphic novel that explores the lives of the residents of a three-story Chicago apartment building, including a lonely single woman, a couple embroiled in a failing marriage, and the building's elderly landlady. The narrative is presented in a box containing 14 different printed works including books, newspapers, and pamphlets, each offering a different perspective on the characters' lives, struggles, and dreams. The innovative format allows readers to choose their own path through the interwoven stories, resulting in a deeply immersive and interactive reading experience.

    The 6484th Greatest Book of All Time