This weekend at Comics: Philosophy and Practice in Chicago, which I sure would've liked to attend (!), Chris Ware, during a panel that featured Charles Burns(!), Daniel Clowes(!) and Seth(!), showed off some details of his new graphic novel Building Stories.
Con attendee and comics scholar Kathlee Dunley in a Twitter post featured below, said Building Stories is essentially “many little books in a beautiful box.”
According to the official website, Building Stories is about:
Building Stories imagines the inhabitants of a three-story Chicago apartment building: a 30-something woman who has yet to find someone with whom to spend the rest of her life; a couple, possibly married, who wonder if they can bear each other's company another minute; and the building's landlady, an elderly woman who has lived alone for decades. Taking advantage of the absolute latest advances in wood pulp technology, Building Stories is a book with no deliberate beginning nor end, the scope, ambition, artistry and emotional prevarication beyond anything yet seen from this artist or in this medium, probably for good reason.
On Tumblr, Pantheon Books shared more pics of the intriguing project as well as this quote from J.J. Abrams!
Chris Ware’s BUILDING STORIES is the rarest kind of brilliance; it is simultaneously heartbreaking, hilarious, shockingly intimate and deeply insightful. There isn’t a graphic artist alive or dead who has used the form this wonderfully to convey the passage of time, loneliness, longing, frustration or bliss. It is the reader’s choice where and how to begin this monumental work — the only regret you will have in starting it is knowing that it will end.
I was floored by Ware's previous book Lint and eagerly anticipate anything that spews from the guy's mind.
Building Stories is due to hit in October 2013.
P.S. To further salt the wounds of those of us who didn't attend Comics: Philosophy and Practice in Chicago, here's another pic from Dunley, this time featuring not only featuring Chris Ware and Daniel Clowes...but Robert freakin' Crumb as well!