- Title Pages
- Introduction: Chris Ware and the “Cult of Difficulty”
- Inventing Cartooning Ancestors: Ware and the Comics Canon
- Masked Fathers: Jimmy Corrigan and the Superheroic Legacy
- The Limits of Realism: Alternative Comics and Middlebrow Aesthetics in the Anthologies of Chris Ware
- Chris Ware’s Failures
- Chris Ware and the Burden of Art History
- In the Comics Workshop: Chris Ware and the Oubapo
- Comics and the Grammar of Diagrams
- On Modernism’s Ruins: The Architecture of “Building Stories” and Lost Buildings
- Chris Ware’s “Building Stories,” Gentrification, and the Lives of/in Houses
- Confronting the Intersections of Race, Immigration, and Representation in Chris Ware’s Comics
- Public and Private Histories in Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan
- Autobiography with Two Heads: Quimby the Mouse
- Chris Ware and the Pursuit of Slowness
- Imagining an Idiosyncratic Belonging: Representing Disability in Chris Ware’s “Building Stories”
- Past Imperfect: “Building Stories” and the Art of Memory
- Appendix: A Guide to Chris Ware’s Primary Works
- Selected Bibliography
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