Building Stories

by Chris Ware

Building Stories

Hardcover, 14 various pieces, Pantheon, List Price: $50 | purchase

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The award-winning creator of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth presents an intricately illustrated, sprawling tale about the residents in a three-story Chicago apartment building, including a lonely single woman, a couple who are growing to despise each other and an elderly landlady.

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Even if you're not a comics reader, you've probably heard of Chris Ware, and for a good reason: He has redefined what comics can do. When Building Stories came out late last year, a lot of people — even if they heard good things about it — didn't know quite what to do with it because it didn't look like a book — it's a big, beautiful box. Don't be afraid. Open the box. Inside are 14 comics — which take the form of books, booklets, magazines, pamphlets and newspapers — tracing the

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Think of the voyeuristic indulgence of Hitchcock's Rear Window. Move the action from a tenement in '50s-era Greenwich Village to a cluster of apartments in contemporary Chicago. Populate those apartments — seen in cross section, so floor upon floor of interior rooms are exposed — with emotionally naked lovers and loners. And render their messy lives in a painstakingly

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