IL – Monograph Signing

Cartoonist Chris Ware appears at Quimby’s Bookstore on Friday, November 3rd at 7:00 PM to sign MONOGRAPH!

While Chris Ware’s singular body of work is often categorized as comics, his writing/drawing defies classification. Whether he’s creating graphic novels, making paintings or building sculptures, Ware explores social isolation, emotional pain and human desperation with a fine visual clarity and uncertain mnemonic organization, the end result being intentionally empathetic and complex. Like Charles Schulz, Art Spiegelman and R. Crumb before him, Ware has attempted to elevate cartooning to a fine art form.

MONOGRAPH is a personal, never-before-seen look at how the artist’s private and work life intersect, beginning with the influence of his newspaper family to his art school days in Austin and Chicago to his life from the early 1990s to the present day. The book delves into how, as a storyteller and builder, Ware’s work in three dimensions feeds into the thinking of his finely textured narrative art, offering a prismatic look at his work, including rarely-seen early attempts, previously unpublished strips and notes, all serving as a window into how artwork made for reproduction is still fundamentally “art.”

About the Author: Chris Ware is a contributor to the New Yorker, and his “Building Stories” was selected as a best book of the year by both the New York Times and Time magazine. Ira Glass is the creator and producer of the radio program This American Life. Françoise Mouly is the publisher of TOON Books and the art editor of the New Yorker. Art Spiegelman is the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of Maus.

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Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
773-342-0910

Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum Hosts Events for Cartoon Crossroads Columbus 2017

September 20, 2017 by  
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The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum is proud to host the first two days of the third-annual Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC)! This city-wide, four-day festival brings hundreds of cartoonists from across the nation together to celebrate cartoon art at a variety of venues throughout Columbus.

All events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

On Thursday, catch presentations by STEVE HAMAKER on computer coloring, DAN GEARINO on research for comics historians, and KEVIN HUIZENGA on depicting time in comics form, as well as a spotlight on our guest DANA SIMPSON.

Friday’s features include presentations by LESLIE STEIN on watercolor, Pulitzer Prize winner SIGNE WILKINSON on editorial cartooning, JAMAICA DYER on creating autobiography, and behind-the-scenes tours every hour on the hour from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm, starting from the Reading Room.

Also on campus Thursday and Friday are SOL-CON, the Black and Brown Comix Expo, and events at the Wexner Center, including film screenings and an interview with CHRIS WARE by our associate curator Caitlin McGurk (free but must reserve tickets in advance beginning September 25).

On Friday from 5:00 – 7:00 pm, join us for a special 40th anniversary celebration at the Billy Ireland!

Explore our current exhibits, enjoy refreshments, and prepare for a few surprises!

Visitors will get to peruse an open-house display of materials selected by the Billy Ireland’s 2017 CXC special guests, and view our special anniversary exhibitions, TALES FROM THE VAULT: 40 YEARS / 40 STORIES and FOUNDING COLLECTIONS: 1977-2017. These dynamic exhibits include some of the most unique moments from our four decades of collecting.

Following the reception, head over to Wexner Center for the Arts to see a special sneak-peek of MY FRIEND DAHMER, the film adaptation of BICLM guest DERF’s critically acclaimed graphic memoir (free but must reserve tickets in advance beginning September 25).

Check here for a full schedule of CXC events!

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ON – Graphic Novels Debut

October 19, 2012 by  
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Adrian Tomine, Charles Burns, and Chris Ware appear at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema on Monday, November 12th, 2012 at 8:30 pm.

Press Release:

Prepare to welcome three of the most respected graphic novel creators in the world, as Charles Burns (Black Hole), Adrian Tomine (Optic Nerve), and Chris Ware (Acme Novelty Library) visit Toronto this November to debut their new books. These three contemporaries and friends will each show an all-new audio/visual presentation based on their new works, both interacting with one another and the audience. This is the centerpiece autumn event to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of venerable Toronto comics and alternative culture shop The Beguiling, at the nearby newly renovated Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor St. W.) in the heart of the Annex neighborhood.

Sure to be the talk of the literary world this fall and winter, these three new releases blur the lines between ‘traditional’ graphic novels, illustration, and the publishing avant-garde!

Charles Burns’ stunning follow-up to 2010’s bestselling X’ed Out is The Hive. It takes readers further into the recesses of the diseased world of X’ed Out, shattering the boundaries between comics and the people who read them.

Adrian Tomine’s New York Drawings collects over a decade of the comics, illustrations, and covers produced by the artist for publishing institution The New Yorker, alongside a number of other rare and uncollected pieces in a lavish oversized hard cover.

Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth has been hailed as a modern literary masterpiece, and Building Stories is Ware’s first and much-anticipated graphic novel length follow-up. Ware experiments further with form and medium: the story is a literal box. Beautifully presented as variously formatted and sized comics, graphic novels, newspapers and pamphlets, the ensemble creates a fascinating and compelling portrait of a seemingly ordinary young woman, and the building where she lives.

All three of these compelling arguments for the necessary survival of the printed word will be on sale at The Beguiling in advance of this event, each on different release dates (see below).

Admission to the 25th anniversary event is $10, but admissions tickets are free (while supplies last) with every advance purchase of any of the above new books at The Beguiling.

Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
506 Bloor Street West, Toronto, M5S 1Y3, ON

QC – Librairie D+Q 5th Anniversary

October 16, 2012 by  
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Charles Burns, Adrian Tomine, and Chris Ware appear at the Ukrainian Federation on Sunday, November 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM. Tickets: $5.00 at the link.

Press Release:

The Librairie Drawn + Quarterly is all grown up and ready to party! Join us at the Ukrainian Federation for a celebration of our Mile End bookstore’s birthday. We are incredibly honoured to be welcoming master cartoonists Charles Burns (The Hive), Adrian Tomine (New York Drawings), and Chris Ware (Building Stories) to Montreal to discuss and sign their brand new books.

Ukrainian Federation
5213 Rue Hutchison, Montreal, Quebec H2V 4B4

SF – Masters of Graphics Panel

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Chris Ware and Charles Burns appear at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco on Tuesday, October 23, 2012 at 7:00 pm!

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Join us for a rare conversation between graphic novelists Chris Ware (Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth) and Charles Burns (Black Hole, X’ed Out), both of whom have transcended the genre. These artists have earned fan followings by redefining and expanding the potential of comics, and they each up the ante with brilliant new works. Ware’s Building Stories is a boxed set of little books of various shapes and sizes – with no deliberate beginning or end – that imagines the inhabitants of a three-story Chicago apartment building. Burns brings us The Hive, a fractured Burroughs-esque cavort through ’70s Seattle hipsterdom.

FREE! Advance reservations required.
Call 415-292-1233 or email Arts@jccsf.org

Jewish Community Center of San Francisco
3200 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

MA – Graphic Novels: Drawing the Story Panel

September 28, 2012 by  
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Chris Ware, Charles Burns, Chip Kidd, and Gabrielle Bell appear at the Old South Church Sanctuary in Copley Square on October 27, 2012 at 2:30pm as part of Boston Book Festival.

Press Release:

The brilliant Chris Ware will present Building Stories, described by Publishers Weekly as “the graphic novel of the season or perhaps the year…Ware takes visual storytelling to a new level of both beauty and despair. Charles Burns will show The Hive, volume two of the highly acclaimed X’d Out comic book. Legendary designer and writer Chip Kidd will present Batman: Death by Design, his architecture-themed Batman comic. And one of the brightest young stars of the genre, Gabrielle Bell, will show The Voyeurs as an opening act for the session. Hosted writer and critic Eugenia Williamson. Sponsored by the Boston Phoenix.

Old South Church Sanctuary
645 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116

WA – Building Comix Panel

September 24, 2012 by  
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Chris Ware, Charles Burns, and Chip Kidd appear at Seattle’s Town Hall on Monday, October 22, 2012 from 7:30 – 9:00pm.

Great Hall; enter on 8th Avenue. $5.

In the world of graphic novels—heck; in the world of publishing—superstars just don’t shine much more brightly than these two sterling comix stars: Chris Ware and Charles Burns. And—lucky us—each has a book coming out this fall. Ware, whose work recalls the greatest 20th-century cartoonists with a style and worldview utterly, unmistakably, his own, has packed his new graphic novel, Building Stories, with advanced wood-pulp technology, ambition, emotions—and exquisite artistry. And Burns, who grew up in Seattle and crafted the semi-autobiographical magnum opus Black Hole, brings The Hive, the second part of his epic masterpiece trilogy of graphic horror. Presented as part of the Town Hall Arts & Culture series with Fantagraphics.

Tickets are $5 at townhallseattle.org or 888/377-4510 and at the door beginning at 6:30 pm. Town Hall members receive priority seating.
Town Hall
1119 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

MA – Indie Graphic Novels Panel

September 20, 2012 by  
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Graphic novelists CHARLES BURNS and CHRIS WARE and writer and graphic designer CHIP KIDD appear at the Brattle Theatre for a panel discussion on graphic novels on Thursday October 11, 2012 at 6:00 PM.

The authors will also discuss Charles Burns’s new book, The Hive, and Chris Ware’s new book, Building Stories.

$5 tickets available through Harvard Book Store

Brattle Theatre
40 Brattle Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

NYC – The Fine Art of Comics

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Gary Panter, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware speak at the Whitney Museum on Wednesday July 20th at 7pm!

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“The Kin-der-Kids” and “Wee Willie Winkie’s World,” the pioneering and popular comic strips that Lyonel Feininger debuted in 1906, formed the basis of many of his subsequent paintings, as the visual language of comics that he employed for his commercial work migrated into his canvases. The cross-pollination between comics and high art, which began in the early 20th century, also fed the extraordinary explosion of graphic novels and comics in the past several decades. In conjunction with the exhibition Lyonel Feininger: At the Edge of the World, a panel of master comic artists, including Gary Panter, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware, will discuss the intersection of comics and fine art. Moderated by John Carlin.

$8 general admission; $6 senior citizens and students; free for members.

Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street, New York NY 10021

UK – Indie Legends

Dan Clowes and Chris Ware sign at Gosh! Comics – Tuesday 25th May 12 – 2pm

A rare and delicious treat is in store for indie comics fans this May! Of course there’s the usual late-May ritual of casting aside our cardigans and dreary Winter coats to look forward to – all full of old sweet wrappers and forgotten pennies to surprise ourselves with next year – but there’s also a Gosh! basement signing to bring joy to your freshly Spring-cleaned lives. Why not dampen a sunny Tuesday lunchtime by getting some classic graphic novels signed by two masters of misanthropic misery? I’ll be there. I wouldn’t miss it for the world. Make sure you’re in the Gosh! basement between 12pm and 2pm on Tuesday the 25th of May.

Gosh Comics, 39 Great Russell St, London, WC1B 3NZ, UK

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