Acclaimed artist speaks in advance of the forthcoming “Monograph”
Chris Ware would be revered in the arts world if all he had done was create the landmark 2000 graphic novel “Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth,” a sad, beautiful, time-hopping work that traces the ways our deepest flaws and insecurities sometimes take root generations before we even take our first steps. But in the years since the book's release, Ware has continued to craft inventive strips steeped in isolation and depression, as well as a second graphic novel, “Building Stories,” from 2012, which traces the lonely existence of a Chicago florist who lives on the third floor of a nearly century-old building. The artist's newest work, “Monograph,” arrives in late October, and in coordination Ware will visit CXC for a Keynote Spotlight at the Wexner Center at 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29. The event is free, but a ticket is required.