February 28, 5pm
Event is free and open to the public
This event is in conjunction with The 2019 Winter/Miller Lecture
Come early to the 2019 Winter/Miller Lecture for a Chris Ware book signing event, which starts at 5:00 PM Thursday, February 28.
The cartoonist is the author of critically acclaimed works, including Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (2001), Quimby the Mouse (2003), Building Stories (2013), and Monograph (2017).
The Northshire Bookstore will be on hand with books available for purchase, and visitors are welcome to bring in books they already own for Ware to sign.
Ware (b. 1967, Omaha, Nebraska) earned a BFA from the University of Texas at Austin, where he published a regular comic strip in the student newspaper that Art Spiegelman happened upon and subsequently gave the youthful cartoonist four pages in his and Françoise Mouly’s RAW magazine. Ware moved to Chicago in the early 1990s to study printmaking at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and began publishing in the pages of the Chicago alternative weeklies New City and The Chicago Reader, forming the bulk of material which he’s collected in the semi-regular periodical The ACME Novelty Library ever since. Offering both serialized stories and short experiments in comics form, a collection of the same name was issued in a large-format hardcover by Pantheon Books in 2005.
A regular contributor of comic strips and over two dozen covers to The New Yorker, Ware garnered international acclaim for his graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan – the Smartest Kid on Earth (2000), which received an American Book Award in 2000, the Guardian First Book Award in 2001. In 2009 Jimmy Corrigan was named as one of the “100 Best Books of the Decade” by The Times of London. His book, Building Stories, was a New York Times and Time Magazine Top 10 Book of the Year for 2012, and was chosen as the single best book of the year by Publisher’s Weekly. His work was the focus of the PBS program Art in the 21st Century in 2016. His eponymous monograph was released by Rizzoli in 2017 and Rusty Brown Part I is forthcoming. Ware lives and works in Oak Park, Illinois with his wife, Marnie, a high school science teacher, and their daughter, Clara.