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The Comics of Chris Ware$

David M. Ball and Martha B. Kuhlman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734423

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.001.0001

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(p.223) Appendix: A Guide to Chris Ware’s Primary Works

(p.223) Appendix: A Guide to Chris Ware’s Primary Works

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The Comics of Chris Ware
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University Press of Mississippi

Chris Ware’s oeuvre presents several challenges for scholars, students, and fans alike. Much of his work was originally published in difficult-to-locate venues, often lacks pagination, and appears in substantially differing forms during the course of serial and subsequent publication. Ware’s attempts to defy traditional taxonomies of classification extend even to his willful obfuscation of ISBN numbers and other publication information, often leading to his works being miscategorized by libraries and archive holdings. The list below attempts to categorize in chronological order the major works of Ware’s extremely prolific career to date.

For the sake of clarity and consistency, the essays in this volume refer to the following primary sources. Pagination has been ascribed to the numbered issues of The ACME Novelty Library beginning with page 1 opposite the interior front cover of each issue (consistent with the pagination Ware indicates in early issues). References to page numbers in editions of Jimmy Corrigan are derived from the single page number given in the novel: pages 206–7, the assembly model of James Reed Corrigan’s Chicago home. For both the hardcover and paperback editions of Jimmy Corrigan, we begin numbering pages with the first appearance of Jimmy’s character. To avoid confusion with the serialized issues of The ACME Novelty Library, Ware’s 2005 book publication The ACME Novelty Library Final Report to Shareholders and Saturday Afternoon Rainy Day Fun Book will be referred to throughout as The ACME Report.

In order to distinguish between Ware’s ellipses, which appear frequently throughout his comics, and the elisions introduced by the authors in this collection, the latter are indicated throughout in square brackets.

Serial Publications

The Daily Texan, weekly or daily newspaper cartoon strip, 1986–1991, Austin, Texas.

New City, weekly cartoon strip, 1991–2002, Chicago, Illinois.

Chicago Reader, weekly cartoon strip, 2002–2006, Chicago, Illinois.

The ACME Novelty Library 1, Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1993.

The ACME Novelty Library 2, Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1994.

The ACME Novelty Library 3, Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1994.

The ACME Novelty Library 4, Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1994.

The ACME Novelty Library 5, Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1995.

The ACME Novelty Library 6, Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1995.

(p.224) The ACME Novelty Library 7, Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1996.

The ACME Novelty Library 8, Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1997.

The ACME Novelty Library 9, Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1997.

The ACME Novelty Library 10, Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1998.

The ACME Novelty Library 11, Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1998.

The ACME Novelty Library 12, Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1999.

The ACME Novelty Library 13, Seattle: Fantagraphics, 1999.

The ACME Novelty Library 14, Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2000.

The ACME Novelty Library 15, Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2001.

The ACME Novelty Library 16, Chicago: The ACME Novelty Library, 2005.

The ACME Novelty Library 17, Chicago: The ACME Novelty Library, 2006.

The ACME Novelty Library 18, Chicago: The ACME Novelty Library, 2007.

The ACME Novelty Library 18.5, Chicago: The ACME Novelty Library, 2007.

The ACME Novelty Library 19, Chicago: The ACME Novelty Library, 2008.

Book Publications

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth, New York: Pantheon, 2000.

Quimby the Mouse, Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2003.

The ACME Novelty Datebook, Montreal: Drawn & Quarterly, 2003.

The ACME Novelty Library Final Report to Shareholders and Saturday Afternoon Rainy Day Fun Book, New York: Pantheon, 2005.

The ACME Novelty Datebook, Volume Two, Montreal: Drawn & Quarterly, 2007.

Novels-in-Progress

“Rusty Brown,” appearing variously in weekly inserts of Chicago’s New City and Chicago Reader, The ACME Novelty Library 16, 17, and 19, and the Virginia Quarterly Review (winter 2008–present), among other publications.

“Building Stories,” appearing variously in weekly inserts of Chicago Reader, The ACME Novelty Library 16 and 18, and the New York Times Magazine in 2005–2006, among other publications.

DVD Collaboration

Lost Buildings, collaboration with Ira Glass and Tim Samuelson for “This American Life,” 2004.

Edited and Designed volumes

The Ragtime Ephemeralist (3 vols. to date), Chicago: The ACME Novelty Library, 1998–present.

McSweeney’s Quarterly Concern 13, San Francisco: McSweeney’s, 2004.

Walt and Skeezix (3 vols. to date), Montreal: Drawn & Quarterly, 2005–present.

Best American Comics 2007, New York: Houghton Mifflin, 2007.

UnInked: Painting, Sculpture, and Graphic Work by Five Contemporary Cartoonists, Phoenix: Phoenix Art Museum, 2007.