Chris Ware: McSweeney's Quarterly Concern #13

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Ware, Chris. McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, Issue 13 (San Francisco: McSweeney's, 2004)

The literary series McSweeney's Quartery Concern has ventured into the graphic realm under the guest editorship of wunderkind Chris (Jimmy Corrigan) Ware, producing an amazing thirteenth issue. This wonder-filled hardcover anthology features a dust jacket that folds out to a huge (14" x 22") comics section illustrated in Ware's usual incredibly detailed style, and includes a pair of mini-comics from Ron Rege and John Porcellino.

Ware's selections for the book's interior content are idiosyncratic, but that's an encouraging sign--it demonstrates that the medium has matured enough that it can no longer be pigeon-holed as only kiddie fare and adolescent superhero angst. There is a piece on Rudolphe Töpffer, essays by Ira Glass and John Updike, George Herriman's final half-dozen Krazy Kat strips, chapters from Joe Sacco's The Fixer, Charles Burns' Black Hole, some Love & Rockets from Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez, a snippet of Chester Brown's biography of Louis Riel, a few pages from Art Spiegelman's In the Shadow of No Towers...in short, it's an impressive collection.

McSweeney's #13 is the sort of serious treatment that the comics medium deserves but rarely receives. Is it too soon to start hoping for a sequel?

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