Often described as an "alternative cartoonist," Chris Ware is best known as the creator of the Acme Novelty Library, a collection of publications in various formats that feature the adventures of characters such as Quimby the Mouse and Jimmy Corrigan. Not quite comic books, not quite graphic novels, his work mines art history, popular culture, and personal experience-capturing a queasy sense of the reality of modern life in a retro style distinctly his own. An exhibition of Chris Ware's work is at the Museum of Contemporary Art through August 27. (Biography courtesy of the MCA.)
Originally broadcast August 6, 2006, on Hello Beautiful!