Sequential Reports: Chris Ware
Some blurry images from Chris Ware's appearance at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture in Cambridge, Ontario this past Saturday. Ware presented his short film, done in collaboration with Ira Glass, about Tim Samuelson's efforts to save the buildings of Louis Sullivan in Chicago. Ware also presented a slideshow of his working methods and talked a bit about what he was attempting to do with his art and his use of buildings and architecture. Later, Ware was joined onstage by Seth and the two were interviewed by Jeet Heer while the event was filmed by the intrusive and distracting cameras of the NFB. Heer gamely tried to keep on the topic of architecture while the discussion ranged widely and the two cartoonists talked about their efforts to control story pacing and emotional response to their comics. Hi-lights include Ware's assertion that Charlie Brown was the first American comic strip character to evoke empathy (to cries of 'Walt and Skeezix' and 'Wimpy' from the other participants --and a muttered "What about Little Orphan Annie?" from your humble scribe). In a discussion of religion and the god-like role of cartoonists, Ware humourously compared the creation of "superhero comics for adults" to "writing pornography for children." The 150-seat lecture hall was about 1/2 full with a lively crowd (including at least one Mies van der Rohe defender) who braved the snow and cold to turn out for this afternoon event in a beautiful, if under-construction, downtown. Rumour has it that the day concluded with the two cartoonists, accompanied by Chester Brown, making a pilgrimage to Sullivan's Guaranty Building (now known as The Prudential Building) in Buffalo, NY.
Bonus: Jeet Heer's blog features some actual clear photos from the event.
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