Caleb Orecchio here with the Monday edition of the Daily News with musings about the uncanny resemblance of James Joyce and Chris Ware..—————————————————————————————————
Proof of reincarnation? More than a few people have been comparing Chris Ware to James Joyce since Jimmy Corrigan, which I think is apt. Of course their works share similar qualities, being very detailed oriented among other things. Though they work in different mediums, I can’t help but see a tethered line from Joyce to Ware. They both work to exhaust their mediums—I mean this in a good way. Joyce with the English language in relation to speaking, thinking, seeing, etc.—and Ware with depicting, visually, memory and human actions and interaction, or lack thereof. They both relish relentless detail and intense focus on the subject.
A very interesting quality they share is that they are both hailed as possibly the best artists in their medium of the last 100 years, or at least the most groundbreaking— but despite being praised to the high heavens, their is a pride for many about NOT reading their work. “It’s too detailed.” It’s too depressing.” “This is unreadable.” “HAHA no I didn’t read that.” Their is real solidarity in not reading Ware’s masterpiece, Building Stories, that reminds me of the willful ignorance of Joyce’s Finnegans Wake. People just can’t even think about wrapping their heads around something so involved and difficult. I think it’s safe to say that accessibility is king for the average reader of both books and comics.
Still, the most amazing thing to me is their uncanny physical resemblance. Is it just me, or could these two be brothers? (see above) It’s a bit spooky when you think about it. Proof of reincarnation? You decide!
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if you don’t know, now you know
- Comics Workbook fearless leader, Frank Santoro, writes about Dave Gibbons’ new comics “How To” book over at TCJ.com.
- Someone I know who works with students with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia, sent me this Pacific Standard article about how comic books can letter their pages better for dyslexic readers.
- If you don’t know, now you know that The Beat has the info for the 2018 Angoulême festival prize nominees.
- Roberta Smith reviews David Hockney’s retrospective exhibition at The Met.
- Nick Gazin reviews some comics over at Vice.com.
- Did you know that Robin McConnell has a Canadian mini-comic archive website? I did, but often forget it exists. Thought it may be worth linking to today.
Suzy and Cecil – 12-4-2017 – by Gabriella Tito
Joanie and Jordie – 12-4-2017 – by Caleb Orecchio