Chris Ware's Social Isolation

May 09, 2012
Chris Ware is an American comic book artist. He writes and draws stories using text and pictures. He is best know for his graphic novel, Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, and the comic book series where it began, Acme Novelty Library. His works explore themes of social isolation, emotional torment and depression. Franklin Christenson Ware was born in Omaha, Nebraska. He was inspired by paperback comics that he found in his grandma’s house. He drew his own comics every week, and published cartoons in his school newspaper, the Daily Texan.


Ware studied artists like Joseph Cornell, Windsor McCay, and Charles Schulz before arriving at his own “precise, geometrical style.” He describes his drawings as an attempt to write with pictures. “I figured out this way of working,” He said, “By learning from and looking at artists I admired and whom I thought came closest to getting at what seemed to me to be the ‘essence’ of comics, which is fundamentally the weird process of reading pictures, not just looking at them.”