Comic book artist and cartoonist Chris Ware, creator of the Acme Novelty Library series, has a new graphic novel being released on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 titled Building Stories. It takes an illustrated imaginative look into the lives of a group of three-story Chicago apartment building inhabitants. The complete Building Stories graphic novel will house a total of 14 books and booklets within one well-designed printed box (as seen below).
In conjunction with the release of his book, Chris will present an exhibition of 126 drawings at the Carl Hammer Gallery (Chicago) opening on Friday, September 7, 2012 and Adam Baumgold Gallery (NYC) on Saturday, September 8, 2012.
Building Stories imagines the inhabitants of a three-story Chicago apartment building: a 30-something woman who has yet to find someone with whom to spend the rest of her life; a couple, possibly married, who wonder if they can bear each other’s company another minute; and the building’s landlady, an elderly woman who has lived alone for decades. Taking advantage of the absolute latest advances in wood pulp technology, Building Stories is a book with no deliberate beginning nor end, the scope, ambition, artistry and emotional prevarication beyond anything yet seen from this artist or in this medium, probably for good reason.