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On the Web Mon Apr 25 2011

A Portrait of the Comic Artist

Locally based journal The Point offers up a review of Chris Ware's latest work, volume 20 of The ACME Novelty Library, which was released last November. Much more than a review, the article delves into the reasons why Ware's work resonates with so many readers and how much of an influence he's had over the genre. Writes Tim Peters, the article's author, on the intense appeal of Ware's work:

Even if much of what's going on in Ware's stories is ugly or sad, the visual style of his pages and books is just the opposite--beautiful and precious, ornate and overwhelming...if a young aspiring creative person wants to work in a personal, intimate medium these days--one that is fighting for its place in society the way only a young medium can fight for its place, one that isn't steadily and decadently and exhaustedly folding in on itself (prose fiction, poetry, painting, sculpture), one that could really speak to these twenty-first-century times in which we live--then that person should think: comics. He will find no better reference for the possibilities and potential of the form than Chris Ware and his ACME Novelty Library.
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