Chris Ware’s “Hurricane Harvey”

The latest issue of The New Yorker, ironically dated September 11th, features this timely, sad, and poignant cover by Chris Ware, titled “Hurricane Harvey.”

Click to enlarge this photo of my issue.

Mr. Ware went to school in Austin, as his long time readers know, and spoke about those days recently, here.

My thoughts are with readers, and everyone effected, or about to be, by Hurricanes Harvey & Irma. As I write this, Irma may be about to hit. I hope it makes a drastic last minute turn and heads out to the Atlantic Ocean. If not? Stay safe.

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“You Look So Much Better”

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“Little Triggers you pull with your tongue”*

Chris Ware, the brilliant graphic artist who gave us “Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth,” in 2000, and the more recent “Building Stories,” in 2013, is someone who always seemed to me to be fascinated by the history of graphic design and artists, but wary of technology and the prospects of “advancing” a paper-bound art through the use of cutting edge tech. That seemed to have softened in September, 2014 when his next book, “The Following Saturday” began appearing in installments ONLINE at The Guardian. I was surprised, though Ware has history with The Guardian, who famously gave him it’s best First Book Award in 2001 for Jimmy C, the first time the award had ever gone to a graphic novel.

This week, however, he has broken new entirely ground by taking his poignant drawing for this week’s New Yorker (above) and turing it into an animated short! It’s the first animated work of his I’ve seen (though he refers to 2 cartoons he did in 2007-9 in the accompanying column he wrote, which also may be a first). And? With it he steps right into some pretty deep water. The result is something I recommend you check out here, in full screen.

So, be careful what you say to those you love!

*-Soundtrack for this post is “Little Triggers” by Elvis Costello and published by Universal Music Publishing. It appears on his early classic album, “This Year’s Model,” also highly recommended.

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