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BUILDING STORIES: THE HARDBOARD BOXED SET EDITION by  Chris Ware - Signed First Edition - 2012 - from Modern Rare and


by Ware, Chris

Condition: As New/No Dust Jacket, As Issued.

New York City, NY: Pantheon Books, 2012. First Edition. First Printing.. Hardcover. As New/No Dust Jacket, As Issued.. New York City, NY: Pantheon Books, 2012. Hardcover. As New/None, As Issued. First Edition/First Printing. 260 pages. Retrospective collection of stories in graphic-novel form. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presented as a Hardboard Boxed Set, which weighs 7 pounds and whose contents amount cumulatively to "Building Stories". Published in a small and limited first print run that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Chris Ware's "Building Stories". A classic on the day it was released. The publisher's blurb sounds very much like Chris Ware himself (it's written in his inimitable voice if he did not actually write it himself) and as such, cannot be improved upon: "14 distinctively discrete Books, Booklets, Magazines, Newspapers, and Pamphlets. With the increasing electronic incorporeality of existence, sometimes it's reassuring, perhaps even necessary, to have something to hold on to. Thus, within this colorful keepsake box, the purchaser will find a fully-apportioned variety of reading material ready to address virtually any imaginable artistic or poetic taste, from the corrosive sarcasm of youth to the sickening earnestness of maturity while discovering a protagonist wondering if she'll ever move from the rented close quarters of lonely young adulthood to the mortgaged expanse of love and marriage". An absolute "must-have" title for Chris Ware collectors. <b><i> This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed in pencil on the box cover by the artist: "C. Ware". It is signed directly on the cover itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Be Ware! : Copies available online have serious flaws, are in multiple subsequent printings, or are remainder-marked. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. </b></i> Winner of The London Guardian Fiction Award in 2001 for "Jimmy Corrigan, Or the Smartest Kid On Earth", the very first graphic novelist to win the award. One of the most brilliant writer/graphic artists of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CHRIS WARE AND MCSWEENEY'S TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0375424334.

CHRIS WARE is widely acknowledged as the most gifted and beloved cartoonist of his generation by both his mother and seven-year-old daughter. His Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth won the Guardian First Book Award and was listed as one of the "100 Best Books of the Decade" by  The Times (London) in 2009. An irregular contributor to This American Life and The New Yorker ( where some of the pages of this book first appeared) his original drawings have been exhibited in the Whitney Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and in piles behind his work table in Oak Park, Illinois.


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