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The Signature Style of Chris Ware (A Delve Seminar)

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When:January 21, 2014 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Literary Arts
925 SW Washington Street
Portland, OR 97205


Tuesdays, January 21 – February 4, 2014 6:30 – 8:30 pm (3 evenings)

Incorporating principals of typography and graphic design, Chris Ware re-invented comics and influenced a generation of cartoonists with books like the Acme Novelty Library and Jimmy Corrigan. Ware’s signature style, drawing on early 20th century cartooning, can be recognized in the pages of McSweeny’s, on the facade of the 826 Valencia building in San Francisco, and in reprinted collections of Gasoline Alley. Having won almost every comics industry award, his work sprawls beyond comics into contemporary book design and fine art, yet remains firmly rooted in graphic storytelling. In this Delve seminar, we will explore his career from The Daily Texan to the Chicago Reader to The New Yorker, and his innovations in comics and

Note: Participants in this seminar will receive a complimentary ticket to Chris Ware’s Portland Arts & Lectures event on February 18, 2014.

Guide: John Isaacson is a writer and artist who teaches comics at the Independent Publishing Resources Center, Marylhurst University. and Portland Community College. His comics and writing have appeared in the Willamette Week, Teachers and Writers magazine, Propeller, and The Santa Barbara Independent. His first graphic novel, Do It Yourself Screenprinting was published by Microcosm in 2007. He continues to self-publish the mini-comics, Feedback, Pyromania, and Grumpy McBumbles.