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Building Stories, Panel by Panel

Chris Ware’s Building Stories is ostensibly a comic book chronicling the lives of the occupants of a three-story Chicago brownstone. But it’s so much more than that. At once expansive and intimate, it is a masterpiece of storytelling, a fragmentary collection of sad and beautiful vignettes that began more than a decade ago serialized serialized across several popular publications, including The New Yorker, The New York […]

The Heroics of Scale

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A Little Perspective From Spider-man and Renzo Piano’s New York Times Building

[image via flickr usr thehighlandway] When I saw the photos last week of Alain Robert, “the French Spider-man,” scaling the side of Renzo Piano’s New York Times building, I was immediately struck by a single thought…well, 2 thoughts really. 1) That. Is. Amazing. 2) If superheroes were to exist, they would appear incredibly insignificant relative […]

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American Cities That Almost Got It Wright

[image via wired] Middle Eastern cities reaching higher into the skies every week and continue to turn pre-dysopic set-pieces from Bladerunner or the Jetsons. In times such as these, Wired thought it’d be a good idea to look at some earlier ambitious plans — the enormous “what-ifs” of modern architecture. The above example, for instance, […]

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976 sq. ft.

Published in the Fall 2007 issue of Fantagraphics‘ Mome, is a story entitled 976 sq. ft.  Written and illustrated by Tom Kaczynski, 976 sq. ft. tells the tale of a modern residential tower rising in a quickly gentrying neighborhood. The physical and psychological impact of this new structure is presented through the perspective of a […]