Building Stories

Building Stories

Mixed media product Building Stories

By (author) Chris Ware

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Mixed media product
  • Dimensions: 298mm x 424mm x 48mm | 2,740g
  • Publication date: 2 October 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0375424334
  • ISBN 13: 9780375424335
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 25,437

Product description

"The New York Times Book Review, " Top 10 Book of the Year "Time Magazine, " Top Ten Fiction Book of the Year "Publishers Weekly, "Best Book of the Year "2013 Lynd Ward Prize, "Best Graphic Novel of the Year "4-time 2013 Eisner Award Winner, " including Best Publication, Best Writer/Artist and Best Graphic Album "Newsday," Top 10 Books of 2012 "Entertainment Weekly," Gift Guide, A+ "Washington Post," Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2012 "Minneapolis Star Tribune," Best Books of the Year "Cleveland Plain Dealer," Top 10 Fiction Books of the Year Amazon, Best Books of the Year/Comics "Boing Boing," Best Graphic Novel of the Year "Time Out New York," Best of 2012 "Entertainment Weekly," Best Fiction of 2012 Everything you need to read the new graphic novel "Building Stories" 14 distinctively discrete Books, Booklets, Magazines, Newspapers, and Pamphlets. With the increasing electronic incorporeality of existence, sometimes it's reassuring--perhaps even necessary--to have something to hold on to. Thus within this colorful keepsake box the purchaser will find a fully-apportioned variety of reading material ready to address virtually any imaginable artistic or poetic taste, from the corrosive sarcasm of youth to the sickening earnestness of maturity--while discovering a protagonist wondering if she'll ever move from the rented close quarters of lonely young adulthood to the mortgaged expanse of love and marriage. Whether you're feeling alone by yourself or alone with someone else, this book is sure to sympathize with the crushing sense of life wasted, opportunities missed and creative dreams dashed which afflict the middle- and upper-class literary public (and which can return to them in somewhat damaged form during REM sleep). A pictographic listing of all 14 items (260 pages total) appears on the back, with suggestions made as to appropriate places to set down, forget or completely lose any number of its contents within the walls of an average well-appointed home. As seen in the pages of "The New Yorker," "The New York Times" and "McSweeney's Quarterly Concern," "Building Stories" collects a decade's worth of work, with dozens of "never-before-published" pages (i.e., those deemed too obtuse, filthy or just plain incoherent to offer to a respectable periodical).

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CHRIS WARE is widely acknowledged as the most gifted and beloved cartoonist of his generation by both his mother and seven-year-old daughter. His "Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth" won the Guardian First Book Award and was listed as one of the "100 Best Books of the Decade" by "The Times" (London) in 2009. An irregular contributor to "This American Life" and "The New Yorker ("where some of the pages of this book first appeared) his original drawings have been exhibited in the Whitney Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and in piles behind his work table in Oak Park, Illinois.

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"Ware provides one of the year's best arguments for the survival of print...the spectacular, breathtaking visual splendor make this one of the year's standout graphic novels." -"Publisher Weekly, "starred review "Chris Ware's "Building Stories" is the rarest kind of brilliance; it is simultaneously heartbreaking, hilarious, shockingly intimate and deeply insightful. There isn't a graphic artist alive or dead who has used the form this wonderfully to convey the passage of time, loneliness, longing, frustration or bliss. It is the reader's choice where and how to begin this monumental work--the only regret you will have in starting it is knowing that it will end." --J. J. Abrams "Chris (Ware) really changed the playing field. After him, a lot of (cartoonists) really started to scramble and go holy (expletive), 'I think I have to try harder.'" --Seth, author of "It's a Good Life If You Don't Weaken " ""Building Stories" is the graphic novel of the season or perhaps the year, a story that must be experienced rather than read . . . Ware takes visual storytelling to a new level of both beauty and despair in a work people will be talking about for a long time." --"Publishers Weekly, " starred review "A treasure trove of graphic artworks--they're too complex to be called comics--from Ware, master of angst, alienation, sci-fi and the crowded street . . . A dazzling document." --"Kirkus, "starred review "There's no writer alive whose work I love more than Chris Ware. The only problem is it takes him ten years to draw these things and then I read them in a day and have to wait another ten years for the next one."--Zadie Smith "If there's one release this year that people will be asking you about, odds are it'll be this one...There's no way to get ready for Ware beyond clearing one's calendar, so yes: it's time to start calling babysitters." --"Flavorwire" "Ware has been consistently pushing the boundaries fo

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