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Chris Ware in "Chicago"Preview

In this preview from the Chicago episode of Season 8 of Art in the Twenty-First Century, cartoonist Chris Ware considers his connection to old toys and comics.

Peanuts is the point at which comics really became a medium of emotional connection to readers,” says the artist. “Charlie Brown is the first cartoon character for whom you really feel something. Not only do you feel through Charlie Brown, but you feel for him.”

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Chris Ware

Known for his New Yorker magazine covers, Chris Ware is hailed as a master of the comic art form. His complex graphic novels tell stories about people in suburban Midwestern neighborhoods, poignantly reflecting on the role memory plays in constructing identity. Stories featuring many of Ware’s protagonists—Quimby the Mouse, Rusty Brown, and Jimmy Corrigan—often first appear in serialized form, in publications such as The New York Times, the Guardian, or Ware’s own ongoing comic book series Acme Novelty Library, before being organized into their own stand-alone books.

“Charlie Brown is the first cartoon character for whom you really feel something. Not only do you feel through Charlie Brown, but you feel for him.”

Chris Ware

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