McSweeney's Quarterly Concern. No. 13, An assorted sampler of North American comic drawings, strips, and illustrated stories, etc.

by Chris Ware (Editor)

Hardcover, 2004




San Francisco : McSweeney's Quarterly, 2004.


Chris Ware has gathered some of the world's best writers who can also draw and presents here the first comprehensive collection of their work. Contibutors include Daniel Clowes, Gary Panter, Charles Burns, Art Spiegelman, Ben Katchor, Kim Deitch, Adrian Tomine, Joe Sacco, Seth, Joe Matt, Chester Brown, Kaz, and many others.

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LibraryThing member daizylee
Chris Ware is editor and he's absolutely amazing. One of the better issues.
LibraryThing member Crowyhead
This issue of McSweeney's is a delicious 200+ page hardcover full of comics and writing about the artform. My only disappointment is that much of the art is excerpted from larger works. The upside to that is that I was only familiar with a fraction of those works, so now I have lots of new graphic
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novels to check out.
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LibraryThing member librarianbryan
I would like to congratulate Dave Eggers for letting Chris Ware ruin what could have been one of the most memorable issues of McSweeney’s ever. Ware hates humanity and likes to force the reader to hate it too by making his texts completely inaccessible both emotionally and (sometimes) visually.
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The essays interspersed between the comics might be insightful, poignant, or (typical of Ware) absurdly humorous but printing them in four point font sort of spoils the entire deal. I get the joke but the joke is over.Those are my grumps. My grumps! my grumps! My gnarly manly grumps! There is some wizened wisdom to Ware’s overall structure of the book. Case in point: closing the volume with contrasting biographic sketches; 1) David Heatley’s loving, complex, vulnerable father (the kind of person me on a good day wishes there was more of in the world) and 2) the pitifully self-loathing masochist Soren Kierkegaard - whose true life biography mirrors the shame factory efficiency of one of Ware’s fictional characters. (Is it necessary I indicate a biography as “true life?”) [Was it as necessary to do that in the past as it is now?]It would appear too that most American underground comics creators are as neurotic and self-obsessed as Ware. There are a handful though that have the bravery, talent, and vision to deal with issues bigger than themselves even when working in an autobiographical mode; namely, Joe Sacco (war), Debbie Drechsler (abortion), and Chester Brown (minority rights).
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LibraryThing member greeniezona
I really don't understand how this book sat on my shelves so long before I read it. When I first heard about it, I wanted it immediately. But I was in a cheap phase, so I only put it on my paperbackswap wishlist. After a lot of patience, I finally scored a copy, but it languished, unread, until I
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put it on my to-read shelf this year to rectify the situation.

This really is an incredibly interesting sampler of comics. From the inventor of the form, through some classic newspaper strips, to an impressive variety of modern comics, it's hard to falt this collection for its contents. The only thing that grated for me was the editorial writing, which felt casually misogynist. Descriptions of female characters were exclusively restricted to reports on their figures (and not kindly, one woman is described as being the size of an upright Naugahyde couch, even though the actual drawings of said woman seemed not nearly so exaggerated, nor was her size every played derogatively in the printed comics.) There were some female comic writers included, and some "women's stories," but much of the text seemed to reinforce the idea of comics as a boy's club, which disappointed me.

I wouldn't say it was worth passing this book over for, it just could have been better.
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LibraryThing member JBD1
One of those super creative efforts from McSweeney's that I really enjoyed digging into. Comics, comic history, hidden comics within the comics-overwrap ... neat. But the font for the essays inside is far too small.
LibraryThing member RobertOK
McSweeney's has always featured work by graphic artists and in this issue turns the reins over to Chris Ware and allows him to pay tribute to cartoonists and graphic artists past and present. Surely one of the most beautiful issues of McSweeney's, it must have cost a ton to produce. The book
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covering folds out to become a huge, Sunday paper comic section with artwork by Ware. Hidden in the folds are two mini-comic books. The hardcover book itself has over 250 lithographic plates and includes a few essays on cartooning history, appreciations and pioneers but mostly offers a sampling of important graphic artists working in the US, circa the early 2000s.
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LibraryThing member Fiddleback_
They can’t all be winners.



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