Chris Ware & Charles Burns
Bookshop Santa Cruz is thrilled to welcome acclaimed graphic novelists Chris Ware and Charles Burns for a joint event on their tours for their newest books, The Hive and Building Stories.
Chris Ware's Building Stories “provides one of the year’s best arguments for the survival of print.” --Publishers Weekly. In more than 200 pages spread over 14 separate printed works that include broadsheets, booklets, and full-sized books, Ware tells the visually stunning stories of 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 latest advances in wood pulp technology, Building Stories is a book with no deliberate beginning nor end, the scope, ambition, artistry and emotional prevarication is beyond anything yet seen from this artist or in this medium.
Charles Burns, creator of Black Hole ("The best graphic novel of the year." --Time magazine) will present The Hive, the second part of his masterpiece of graphic horror. Much has happened since we last saw Doug, the Tintin-like hero from X'ed Out. Confessing his past to an unidentified woman, Doug struggles to recall the mysterious incident that left his life shattered, an incident that may have involved his disturbed and now-absent girlfriend, Sarah, and her menacing ex-boyfriend. Doug warily seeks answers in a nightmarish alternate world that is a distorted mirror of our own, where he is a lowly employee that carts supplies around the Hive. The second part of Charles Burns's riveting trilogy, this graphic narrative will delight and surpass the expectations of his fans.
Please join Bookshop Santa Cruz in welcoming both artists for a presentation of their books, participation in an audience Q&A, and book signing.