Comic book artist Chris Ware hits that sweet spot for me. For starters, there's his work, with its vivid color palette, realistic, meticulous detail and themes of social isolation, emotional torment and depression. It sounds pretty intense, but there's also an element of whimsy —inspired by Ware's love of ragtime — that leavens the heavy stuff.
But don’t take it exclusively from me. Artists, musicians and writers like Chip Kidd, Dave Eggers, Haruki Murakami, Ira Glass, Andrew Bird and Art Spiegelman have all commissioned Ware and/or raved about his work.
For all these reasons and more, Ware will be the keynote speaker at CCAD's Celebration of Comics event that runs from Thursday to Sunday. You also won't want to miss his exhibition of original work, which, along with his presentation, is free and open to the public.
The event will feature many other badass events, too, like a film screening of "In Search of Steve Ditko," which looks at the man who co-created Spider-Man and other mainstream superheroes, multiple workshops about launching your own graphic novel or comic, and more.