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Building Stories [With Book(s) and Magazines, Newspapers, and Pamphlets and Booklet] (2ND ed.)
Contributor(s):Ware, Chris (Author)
 

ISBN: 0375424334   EAN: 9780375424335
Publisher: Pantheon Books
US SRP: $ 50.00 US 
Binding: Other
Language(s): English
Pub Date: 10/02/2012
Annotation: Taking advantage of the absolute latest advances in wood pulp technology, Ware's latest book has no deliberate beginning nor end; the scope, ambition, artistry and emotional prevarication beyond anything yet seen from this artist or in this medium, probably ...

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BISAC Categories:
- Comics & Graphic Novels | Literary
LC Subjects:
-Apartment houses -Illinois
-Apartment dwellers -Chicago
-Comic books, strips, etc -Graphic novels
-Chicago (Ill.)
Awards: L.A. Times Book Prize | Finalist | Graphic Novel | 2012 - 2012
Dewey: 741.5973
LC Call Number: PN6727.W285
LCCN: 2012007946
Features: Price on Product, Illustrated, Price on Product - Canadian
Physical Info: 1.9" H x 16.7" L x 11.7" W (6.2 lbs)
Carton Quantity: 5  

Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Publishers Weekly (06/25/2012):
Ware provides one of the year's best arguments for the survival of print. In more than 200 pages spread over 14 separate printed works that include broadsheets, booklets, and full-sized books, Ware tells the visually stunning story of a nameless woman as she lives a quiet, frustrated life in Chicago. Ware gives voice not only to his nameless heroine but to the people who pass through and fill her life, peering in on the dysfunctional couple that lives below her, the wistful memories of the woman's ancient landlady, the old and crumbling building she lives in, and even the comedic blunderings of a bee named Branford, bringing together stories filled with grief, doubt, and self-loathing. Ware's paper archipelago can be read in any order, making his heroine's progression from single apartment life to dissatisfied motherhood in Oak Park, all the more personal, as if the reader is leafing through her memories, rather than following her linear story. Ware's artwork consistently overshadows his creation's anxieties, her frets and worries made even smaller and pettier by Ware's intricate and expansive art. But the spectacular, breathtaking visual splendor make this one of the year's standout graphic novels. (Sept.) Copyright 2012 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews (08/01/2012):
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. At 44, Ware (The Acme Novelty Library, 2005, etc.) is old enough to remember the day when you could stick a few dollars in an envelope, send it off and have a box full of strange goodness come to your door--a mystery box, that is, with puzzles, games, gag items and maybe one or two things worth keeping. Opening the oversized box that contains the many pieces of this book is a kindred experience: It's not quite clear what's inside, save for brightly colored paper in various forms, from foldout poster to ultrathin, small notebook to sturdy hardcover. Each package contains a story set, as the title suggests, in or near a teeming city. How the reader reads these seems not to matter, for the box is like a river, if that's not too mixed a metaphor, into which one steps where the current seems safest; there's no beginning to it and no end. One thing is clear: Not many of Ware's characters are happy, even if they live in buildings that are overstuffed, like this box, with things. One young woman, for instance, recounts, "There were whole stretches of days where I never even left the house at all...never saw or talked to another human being...I just ordered pizzas, watched TV, and read books....Of course, I went grocery shopping, and a couple of times I walked to the 'downtown' of the suburb and ate dinner by myself, just for variety's sake." That's a humdrum existence by any measure--especially the being stuck in the suburbs part--but considering the likely fate of the little honeybee, Branford, who is the hero of one of the little books, it's not to be dismissed. And anyway, try finding a four-room flat for $650 a month in the city these days--one in a building that, in Ware's surreal inventory, has seen 13,246 light bulbs, 725 roasted turkeys and 158,854 lighted matches--all of which add up, one suspects, to the number of ways in which one can read this puzzling tome. A dazzling document, beautifully if most idiosyncratically drawn; in this iteration, sure to become a collector's item, though one that begs for an easier-to-handle trade edition. COPYRIGHT(2012) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Booklist (09/15/2012):
*Starred Review* Ware has been consistently pushing the boundaries for what the comics format can look like and accomplish as a storytelling medium. Here he does away with the book formata thing between two covers that has a story that begins and endsentirely in favor of a huge box containing 14 differently sized, formatted, and bound pieces: books, pamphlets, broadsheets, scraps, and even a unfoldable board that would be at home in a Monopoly box. The pieces, some previously published in various places and others new for this set, swarm around a Chicago three-flat occupied by an elderly landlady, a spiteful married couple, and a lonely amputee (there's also a bee bumbling around in a rare display of levity). The emotional tenor remains as soul-crushing and painfully insightful as any of Ware's work, but it's really insufficient to talk about what happens in anything he does. It's all about the grind and folly of everyday life but presented in an exhilarating fashion, each composition an obsessively perfect alignment of line, shape, color, and perspective. More than anything, though, this graphic novel (if it can even be called that) mimics the kaleidoscopic nature of memory itselffleeting, contradictory, anchored to a few significant moments, and a heavier burden by the day. In terms of pure artistic innovation, Ware is in a stratosphere all his own.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2012, American Library Association.)

Shelf Awareness (11/23/2012):

Chris Ware's Building Stories comes in a sturdy box that contains defiantly non-electronic comic strips, pamphlet-sized graphic short stories, a hardbound volume in the dimensions of a Golden Book, a few comic-book sized collections and a large, hard tri-fold piece that would work in a board game. The story readers must build from these disparate parts (without any instruction or obvious hints) reads like a meditation on the nature of memory itself: melancholy, confusing at times, bittersweet and always from the remembering party's perspective.

Building Stories follows the life of an amputee woman as she grows up looking for meaning and love in an indifferent world. Other stories concern a tenement building in Chicago and the elderly woman who owns it, plus an odd little comic about Brandford the Bee. The formats of solidly printed paper comics collected here are ultimately as important as the stories within. COPYRIGHT(2012) Shelf Awareness, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Brief Description:
Components consist of: 1 hardcover vol., 32 cm.; 1 hardcover vol., 24 cm.; 1 booklet, 56 cm.; 1 booklet, 31 cm.; 2 booklets, 28 cm.; 1 booklet, 20 cm.; 1 booklet, 8 x 25 cm.; 5 printed sheets, ranging in size from 9 x 71 cm. to 56 x 81 cm., all folded; and 1 folded board, 41 x 107 cm., folded to 41 x 27 cm. All components are unpaged and are chiefly col. illustrations. None have titles.

Brief Description:
Presents an illustrated tale, told in various books and folded sheets, about the residents in a three-story Chicago apartment building, including a lonely single woman, a couple who are growing to despise each other, and an elderly landlady --

Biographical Note:
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.

Review Quotes:
PRAISE FOR "JIMMY CORRIGAN"

"This haunting and unshakable book will change the way you look at your world. Ware captures landscapes made to flatten emotion--a clinic shrouded in snow, a sterile apartment complex--and yet shows the reader the meaning and even beauty in every glimpse from a highway, every snippet of small talk."
--"Time"

"Jimmy Corrigan pushes the form of comics into unexpected formal and emotional territory."
--"Chicago Tribune"

"Graphically inventive, wonderfully realized . . . [Jimmy Corrigan] is wonderfully illustrated in full color, and Ware's spare, iconic drawing style can render vivid architectural complexity or movingly capture the stark despondency of an unloved child."
--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)

"In terms of attention to detail, graceful use of color, and overall design--Ware has no peer. And while each panel is relentlessly polished--never an errant line or lazily rendered image--his drawings, somehow, remain delicate and achingly lyrical."
--Dave Eggers, in "The New York Times Book Review"

Review Quotes:
"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"

"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

"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 for what the comics format can look like and accomplish as a storytelling medium...More than anything, though, this graphic novel mimics the kaleidoscopic nature of memory itself--fleeting, contradictory, anchored to a few significant moments, and a heavier burden by the day. In terms of pure artistic innovation, Ware is in a stratosphere all his own."
--"Booklist", starred review

Review Quotes:
"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

Review Quotes:
"In the end, the process Ware recreates here is universal, which is what gives "Building""Stories" its resonance. The woman's dream, after all, is everyone's: the dream of making sense of ourselves, of having things add up. That they don't, that they can never, is the paradox, and yet what else can we do but try? Here we have the essential question Ware wants us to consider, and his answer--brave, beautiful and brilliant--is the story we build out of this box." -David Ulin, "The Los Angeles Times "
"This book is a masterpiece...."Building Stories "is a masterpiece, above all, because it cares about human beings, many of them women. It cares enough to observe human beings closely, both when they are behaving themselves, and when they are engaging in their manifold selfishnesses. It cares enough about them to depict them when they are attractive and when they are singularly unattractive. The contemporary novel, it bears mentioning, does "not" care this much, because the contemporary novel is so preoccupied with affirmation that it will not risk what Ware is willing to risk. Perhaps Ware risks in this way because, as a person who began by illustrating, he is willing to "see "exactly what's taking place around him, all of it. But by building up his stories from the fragments, from the discontinuous moments, episodes of glancing contact, and the disconnections as well as the connections, he has made something that, if possible, is "more literary "than most contemporary literature. The American novel, that is, has a lot to learn from this very convincing and masterful work." -Rick Moody, "Los Angeles Review of Books"
" "
"I can guarantee that you, too, will feel an overwhelming sense of wonderment and religious-grade awe as you open the "Building Stories" box. It's as though you have unearthed god's blueprints for humanity or a treasure trove of someone's very orderly outsider art. This "thing," whatever it is, is straight-up super beautiful, and the experie

Review Quotes:
"I have now spent a week in sloppy communion with "Building Stories" and am ready to declare it one of the most important pieces of art I have ever experienced. I also sort of want to kill myself...What makes "Building Stories" monumental isn't its unorthodox format. It's Ware's ruthless and tender pursuit of undisguised emotion. His work is brutal in the way all great art is. I can't wait to experience it again." -Steve Almond, "The New Republic"
"Stunning...As usual, Mr. Ware's style is a model of compression in both word and picture. Less usual, for the genre as a whole, is the vividness with which he limns his heroine's intense, if fairly ordinary, inner life...The lack of clear structure, much less traditional linearity, turns reading into an unusually active process. This is a great, easily ownable work of art." -"The New York Times"
"In the end, the process Ware recreates here is universal, which is what gives "Building""Stories" its resonance. The woman's dream, after all, is everyone's: the dream of making sense of ourselves, of having things add up. That they don't, that they can never, is the paradox, and yet what else can we do but try? Here we have the essential question Ware wants us to consider, and his answer--brave, beautiful and brilliant--is the story we build out of this box." -David Ulin, "The Los Angeles Times "
"This book is a masterpiece...."Building Stories "is a masterpiece, above all, because it cares about human beings, many of them women. It cares enough to observe human beings closely, both when they are behaving themselves, and when they are engaging in their manifold selfishnesses. It cares enough about them to depict them when they are attractive and when they are singularly unattractive. The contemporary novel, it bears mentioning, does "not" care this much, because the contemporary novel is so preoccupied with affirmation that it will not risk what Ware is willing to risk. Perhaps Ware risks in this way becau

Review Quotes:
"Stunning...As usual, Mr. Ware's style is a model of compression in both word and picture. Less usual, for the genre as a whole, is the vividness with which he limns his heroine's intense, if fairly ordinary, inner life...The lack of clear structure, much less traditional linearity, turns reading into an unusually active process. This is a great, easily ownable work of art." -"The New York Times"
"In the end, the process Ware recreates here is universal, which is what gives "Building""Stories" its resonance. The woman's dream, after all, is everyone's: the dream of making sense of ourselves, of having things add up. That they don't, that they can never, is the paradox, and yet what else can we do but try? Here we have the essential question Ware wants us to consider, and his answer--brave, beautiful and brilliant--is the story we build out of this box." -David Ulin, "The Los Angeles Times "
"This book is a masterpiece...."Building Stories "is a masterpiece, above all, because it cares about human beings, many of them women. It cares enough to observe human beings closely, both when they are behaving themselves, and when they are engaging in their manifold selfishnesses. It cares enough about them to depict them when they are attractive and when they are singularly unattractive. The contemporary novel, it bears mentioning, does "not" care this much, because the contemporary novel is so preoccupied with affirmation that it will not risk what Ware is willing to risk. Perhaps Ware risks in this way because, as a person who began by illustrating, he is willing to "see "exactly what's taking place around him, all of it. But by building up his stories from the fragments, from the discontinuous moments, episodes of glancing contact, and the disconnections as well as the connections, he has made something that, if possible, is "more literary "than most contemporary literature. The American novel, that is, has a lot to learn from this very convincing and maste

Brief Description:
Title and other information from box cover.

Brief Description:
"Everything you need to read the new graphic novel Building stories; 14 distinctive discrete books, booklets, magazines, newspapers, and pamphlets"--Bottom box cover.

Publisher Marketing:

"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).


Review Citations:
  • Publishers Weekly 06/25/2012 pg. 158 (EAN 9780375424335, Other) - *Starred Review
  • Kirkus Reviews 08/01/2012 pg. 1581 (EAN 9780375424335, Other) - *Starred Review
  • Kirkus Reviews Fall Preview 08/15/2012 pg. 13 (EAN 9780375424335, Other) - *Starred Review
  • Booklist 09/15/2012 pg. 58 (EAN 9780375424335, Other) - *Starred Review
  • Entertainment Weekly 10/05/2012 pg. 79 (EAN 9780375424335, Other)
  • New York Times Book Review 10/21/2012 pg. 1 (EAN 9780375424335, Other)
  • New York Times Book Review 10/28/2012 pg. 22 (EAN 9780375424335, Other)
  • Publishers Weekly Best Books 11/05/2012 pg. 21 (EAN 9780375424335, Other)
  • Kirkus Best Fiction 11/15/2012 pg. 41 (EAN 9780375424335, Other)
  • Shelf Awareness 11/23/2012 (EAN 9780375424335, Other)
  • Entertainment Weekly 11/30/2012 pg. 48 (EAN 9780375424335, Other)
  • NY Times Notable Bks of Year 12/02/2012 pg. 25 (EAN 9780375424335, Other)
  • New York Review of Books 12/20/2012 pg. 66 (EAN 9780375424335, Other)
  • Entertainment Weekly 12/28/2012 pg. 104 (EAN 9780375424335, Other)
  • New York Times Book Review 02/09/2014 pg. 17 (EAN 9780375424335, Other)

Contributor Bio: Ware, Chris
Bill Blackbeard, the founder-director of the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum, is the world's foremost authority on early 20th Century American comic strips. As a freelance writer, Blackbeard wrote, edited or contributed to more than 200 books on cartoons and comic strips, including The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics, 100 Years of Comic Strips, and the Krazy & Ignatz series.


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