No, it’s not the name of a Talking Heads album or song or…book. Building Stories will be the next graphic novel released by Chicago-based cartoonist / ragtime aficionado Chris Ware. If you’re even remotely interested in comics, cartooning, or sequential art, please pick up any of Ware’s books and I promise you’ll be amazed. The moods and emotions he’s able to invoke with his painstakingly composed and incredibly well-crafted pages is truly mind-boggling.
If you enjoyed Devil in the White City, or your’re interested in the Columbian Exposition, check out Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. Ware expertly uses the fair as a backdrop for one of the book’s stories.
So back to Building Stories. Just what is it about?
“The book follows the inhabitants of a three-flat Chicago apartment building: a 30-year-old 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 for another minute; and finally, an elderly woman who never married and is the building’s landlady. The pages to follow in the upcoming weeks will each collect particular events in the life of this building and its tenants for one hour out of a day (23 September, 2000) as it passes from midnight to midnight. (Sticklers for accuracy are welcome to investigate Midwestern weather and American news reports for the 24th to see if, by proxy, my more quotidian reportage is to be trusted.)”
Some preview pages via The Independent.:
Additional preview images, as well as larger versions of these images, can be seen over at The Independent.