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Drawing from LifeMemory and Subjectivity in Comic Art$
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Jane Tolmie

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781617039058

Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617039058.001.0001

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Comics as Non-Sequential Art

Comics as Non-Sequential Art

Chris Ware’s Joseph Cornell

(p.86) Comics as Non-Sequential Art
Drawing from Life

Benjamin Widiss

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines Chris Ware’s relationship(s) with artist and sculptor Joseph Cornell. One of the elements of Ware’s artistic biography is his affinity for the work of Cornell, and this was confirmed by Daniel Raeburn in his 2004 Yale University Press monograph suggesting that Ware “reveres” the older artist. Yet Ware’s comics appear to be almost perfectly opposed to Cornell’s combinatory aesthetic. This chapter looks at autobiography as an ambivalent prospect for Ware by analyzing his comic strips such as Quimby the Mouse and The ACME Novelty Library.

Keywords:   comics, Chris Ware, Joseph Cornell, autobiography, Quimby the Mouse, The ACME Novelty Library

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