Launch — mono.kultur #30 Chris Ware

This is a won­der­full release at the end of 2011. Mono.kultur lauches their issue 30 ded­ic­ated to the work and thoughts of Chris Ware. The extens­ive inter­view between him and Urs Beller­mann (mono.kultur) is coated with a selec­tion of his awe­some illus­tra­tions (i adore his works).

On Decem­ber 30th 2011 mono.kultur cel­eb­rates the last issue with a release party at at Motto’s new little out­post in the Mark­thalle Kreuzberg, Ber­lin…

Chris Ware draws com­ics – but not the kind of com­ics you know. Chris Ware’s com­ics are about sad chil­dren, lonely out­casts and depressed super­her­oes. In metic­u­lously and painstak­ingly detailed art­work, they draw the world as a dark and lonely place in suit­ably muted shades. It is a world of defects and defi­cits, of social isol­a­tion, emo­tion­al pain and per­son­al fail­ure in mod­ern life. And yet, they are so utterly intriguing and hope­lessly charm­ing that one can’t help but feel some­thing akin to true joy when read­ing Chris Ware.

Work­ing as an illus­trat­or to many ven­er­able titles, such as The New York­er, it is with his graph­ic nov­el Jimmy Cor­rigan – The Smartest Kid on Earth that Chris Ware gained world­wide acclaim, bey­ond the usu­al com­ic circles and was in fact the first graph­ic nov­el­ist to be awar­ded the Guard­i­an First Book Award in 2001, as well as being the first com­ic artist invited to par­ti­cip­ate at the Whit­ney Bien­ni­al. Since then, he has been devel­op­ing a series of ongo­ing stor­ies over hun­dreds of care­fully craf­ted pages in his self-pub­lished Acme Nov­elty Lib­rary, while the bound­ar­ies of com­ics as we know them quietly exten­ded a little fur­ther out­wards.

Chris Ware talked with mono.kultur about writ­ing versus storytelling, the death of irony and our col­lect­ive refus­al to grow up.”
 — mono.kultur

motto @ Mark­thalle Kreuzberg
Eis­en­bahn­strasse 4243
10997 Ber­lin

Decem­ber 30th 2011 at 6pm