Reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories / Big Four Panel Board Book

Continuing reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories; also, continuing the ad hoc naming of its “chapters”: let’s call this one the Big Four Paneled Board Book. It’s big. Shown here in relation to a local brew (clearly the best way to illustrate scale): It’s difficult to describe how each chapter enriches the story of Building Stories. There’s something Borgesian […]

Reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories / Branford, the Best Bee in the World

Chris Ware’s latest collection Building Stories comprises fourteen comics of different shapes, sizes, and formats. I wrote about opening the box a few days ago, and I’ll (try to) write about reading each of the pieces. I started with Brandford, the Best Bee in the World, the tragicomic existential dilemma of a bee: In an opening segment freighted […]

Reading Chris Ware’s Building Stories / September 23rd, 2000

September 23rd, 2000 is one of the longer pieces in Chris Ware’s box set, Building Stories. Part of the joy and frustration of Building Stories is its free form—the possibility of reading one piece before another, of getting one tale or perspective before another. I started with Branford, which seems in retrospective a fairly neutral opening—it introduces many of […]

Book Shelves #51, 12.16.2012

    Book shelves series #51, fifty-first Sunday of 2012 I am very ready for this project to be over. Two more weeks. At this point, I’ve photographed all book shelves (and other bookbearing surfaces) in the house, but clearly the book shelves aren’t stable. I mean, structurally, sure, they’re stable. But their content shifts. So […]

Charles Burns’s The Hive (Book Acquired 10.15.2012)

For some reason—some reason founded on no reason at all but rather superstitious suspicion—I didn’t believe Charles Burns would follow up X’ed Out, the first chapter of a proposed trilogy. I suppose X’ed Out had unresolved cult classic written all over it (written metaphorically, of course). X’ed Out was one of my favorite books of 2010. From my review: […]