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Chris Ware Sayings: Ragtime has about the same amount of respect as comics. And in a way they're Ragtime has about the same amount of respect as comics. And in a way they're similar art forms. Ragtime is highly compositional, and the emotion in the music is built in, whereas in jazz a lot of that emotion comes from the way it's performed.
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Chris Ware Sayings: There's a rhythm to the words combined with the pictures [in a comic]. Whenever I'm There's a rhythm to the words combined with the pictures [in a comic]. Whenever I'm working on a comic strip I re-read it, probably hundreds of times through to pay attention to how all of those things work. Sometimes even changing the angle of a character's eyebrow can really, seriously alter the effect and overall interpretation of a scene. And the insertion of a pause or a cough or a sniff, and all these things that we do in conversation, can bring it to life in a strange way.
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Chris Ware Sayings: Well, there are better cartoonists now than there ever have been. I firmly believe that. Well, there are better cartoonists now than there ever have been. I firmly believe that. There's some amazing work being done.
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Chris Ware Sayings: Drawing on a computer doesn't make any sense to me. It's not intuitive. Drawing on a computer doesn't make any sense to me. It's not intuitive.
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Chris Ware Sayings: My head looks like an uncooked ham with glasses. My head looks like an uncooked ham with glasses.
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Chris Ware Sayings: I prefer to imagine that my wife, a few friends, and occasionally my mom are I prefer to imagine that my wife, a few friends, and occasionally my mom are the only ones who read what I do, though I realize that this is somewhat unrealistic.
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Chris Ware Sayings: I think cartooning gets at, and re-creates on the page, some sixth sense ... in I think cartooning gets at, and re-creates on the page, some sixth sense ... in a way no other medium can.
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Chris Ware Sayings: Even the disappointing diffusion of a sheer curtain can suggest the most colorful bouquet of Even the disappointing diffusion of a sheer curtain can suggest the most colorful bouquet of unspeakable secrets.
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Chris Ware Sayings: As children, as we learn what things are, we are slowly learning to dismiss them As children, as we learn what things are, we are slowly learning to dismiss them visually. As adults, entirely submerged in words and concepts, we spend almost all of our time thinking and worrying about the past and the future, hardly ever looking at or engaging with the world visually.
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Chris Ware Sayings: The thing I like most about books is that anybody can afford them. They have The thing I like most about books is that anybody can afford them. They have an innate valuelessness.
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Chris Ware Sayings: I had a messy signature as a child, and my grandmother said this suggested I I had a messy signature as a child, and my grandmother said this suggested I had no regard for other people. She was right.
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Chris Ware Sayings: The modern world seems to make fun of people in a lot of ways. The modern world seems to make fun of people in a lot of ways.
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Chris Ware Sayings: There is absolutely no single aspect of one's personality that is more important to develop There is absolutely no single aspect of one's personality that is more important to develop than empathy, which is not a skill at which men typically are asked to excel. I believe empathy is not only the core of art, literature and music, but should also be at the core of society, from ethics to economics.
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Chris Ware Sayings: Comic strip is almost like music on a page that you perform in your mind. Comic strip is almost like music on a page that you perform in your mind. It's not just pictures. There's a particular rhythm and structure to it that is unlike anything else. It literally is like music. You hear it in your mind as you read it.
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Chris Ware Sayings: Every couple of years or so, when Daniel Clowes releases a new book, one can Every couple of years or so, when Daniel Clowes releases a new book, one can almost sense the rectal contraction across the collective seat of our humble profession.
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Chris Ware Sayings: Comics is different than writing because when you draw something you are trying to visualize Comics is different than writing because when you draw something you are trying to visualize it and you are trying to put yourself in that space. And when you're drawing something, all sorts of associations come up in my mind that I never would have thought of otherwise.
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Chris Ware Sayings: One of the things that appealed to me most about comics was that you can One of the things that appealed to me most about comics was that you can pick the ones you like and build your own personal pantheon.
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Chris Ware Sayings: Understand that being able to say, 'I don't know what to do with my life' Understand that being able to say, 'I don't know what to do with my life' is an incredible privilege that 99% of the rest of the world will never enjoy.
Chris Ware Sayings: This life we endure - how strange, yet how jolly This life we endure - how strange, yet how jolly
Chris Ware Sayings: A book sometimes seems to impose a through-line to life that real life doesn't actually A book sometimes seems to impose a through-line to life that real life doesn't actually have.
Chris Ware Sayings: My grandmother was an unparalleled storyteller who gave me a preview of how life might My grandmother was an unparalleled storyteller who gave me a preview of how life might turn out, and also fortified my empathy.
Chris Ware Sayings: Lately, I can't shake the feeling that I've been living a dream for the last Lately, I can't shake the feeling that I've been living a dream for the last 10 years or so; I can't account for most of my 20s, and I have to continually remind myself that certain people are dead now and many of my friends have children.
Chris Ware Sayings: As I've gotten older I've occasionally found myself nostalgic for earlier periods of solitude, though As I've gotten older I've occasionally found myself nostalgic for earlier periods of solitude, though I realize that's also likely a false nostalgia, as I know there was nothing I wanted more during those periods than to not be alone, whatever that means.
Chris Ware Sayings: I'm only trying to present as honest a portrayal of the grimness of human ambition I'm only trying to present as honest a portrayal of the grimness of human ambition as I can. I'd hope it's rather uplifting, actually, since I find the sort of blind optimism and empty laughter of a great deal of "contemporary culture" to be more depressing than something that admits to a potential for disappointment and a gnawing sense of existential mockery.
Chris Ware Sayings: Mostly, I was only interested in television as a kid, and the majority of reading Mostly, I was only interested in television as a kid, and the majority of reading material I collected was an adjunct to that central concern, comic books and magazines included.
Chris Ware Sayings: Cartoons are not real drawings, because they are drawings intended to be read. Cartoons are not real drawings, because they are drawings intended to be read.
Chris Ware Sayings: When I was 11 years old, I thought, 'All I really wanna be able to When I was 11 years old, I thought, 'All I really wanna be able to do is my own comic book,' and I'm doing it. I don't have any other real ambitions. I have nothing to conquer at all.
Chris Ware Sayings: It's somehow more comforting to imagine that one's suffering is unique, and to measure against It's somehow more comforting to imagine that one's suffering is unique, and to measure against what one doesn't know, rather than against what one does.
Chris Ware Sayings: Every city began as a campsite - pg. 25 Every city began as a campsite - pg. 25
Chris Ware Sayings: Comics, at least in periodical form, exist almost entirely free of any pretense; the critical Comics, at least in periodical form, exist almost entirely free of any pretense; the critical world of art hardly touches them, and they're 100% personal.
Chris Ware Sayings: Fortunately, I'm able to make a living from comics, so I'm privileged enough to be Fortunately, I'm able to make a living from comics, so I'm privileged enough to be quite choosy, though most cartoonists can't afford to be. It's really an uncomfortable situation, since I'm not an illustrator, though I do get calls from morally indefensible businesses offering me money to decorate their ambitions. It's extremely rare, almost unheard of, in fact, that I am asked to do a comic strip. Do writers get calls to pen Toyota advertisements? Do composers get asked to write chamber pieces about exercise machines?
Chris Ware Sayings: Sometimes I get worried I'm getting too caught up in the nauseatingly oily smoothness of Sometimes I get worried I'm getting too caught up in the nauseatingly oily smoothness of my own line, when all I'm trying to do is make it as clear as possible.
Chris Ware Sayings: My wife has joked that if anything ever happened to me, she'd gladly live out My wife has joked that if anything ever happened to me, she'd gladly live out her life without anyone else around. I think it bugs her I'm home all the time; such is the life cycle of the cartoonist, however.
Chris Ware Sayings: I don't think of myself as an illustrator. I think of myself as a cartoonist. I don't think of myself as an illustrator. I think of myself as a cartoonist. I write the story with pictures - I don't illustrate the story with the pictures.
Chris Ware Sayings: METAPHOR: A tightly fitting suit of metal, generally tin, which entirely encloses the wearer, both METAPHOR: A tightly fitting suit of metal, generally tin, which entirely encloses the wearer, both impeding free movement and preventing emotional expression and/or social contact.
Chris Ware Sayings: No one blames themselves if they don't understand a cartoon, as they might with a No one blames themselves if they don't understand a cartoon, as they might with a painting or 'real' art; they simply think it's a bad cartoon.
Chris Ware Sayings: I guess we all make choices as to how we want to live, right? I guess we all make choices as to how we want to live, right?
Chris Ware Sayings: ...the nest is agiggle with excitement. ...the nest is agiggle with excitement.
Chris Ware Sayings: I can definitely say that of all my friends who I consider to be really I can definitely say that of all my friends who I consider to be really great cartoonists, we're all trying to aim at basically the same thing, which is an ever closer representation of what it feels like to be alive.
Chris Ware Sayings: When I was a kid, I liked books that just seemed so dense you could When I was a kid, I liked books that just seemed so dense you could lose yourself in them for a whole afternoon. They were like their own whole world.
Chris Ware Sayings: I don't trust art that promises a 24-hour joyride. In fact, there seems to be I don't trust art that promises a 24-hour joyride. In fact, there seems to be a modern sense of entitlement for such constant "ups," which is a repugnant attitude any way one chooses to look at it. I definitely believe in the possibility of happiness, though; it's just something that I think, rightfully, is rare in its genuine form, and that it can't be counterfeited.
Chris Ware Sayings: One of the most valuable things one of my art teachers said to me was, One of the most valuable things one of my art teachers said to me was, 'Don't get upset by criticism. Value the fact that at least someone noticed what you did.
Chris Ware Sayings: During my Austin years, I was drawing a regular strip for the University Of Texas During my Austin years, I was drawing a regular strip for the University Of Texas newspaper, going to school, delivering blood, and trying to change my approach and 'style' as much as I could, since I knew that I'd calcify as I got older.
Chris Ware Sayings: I mean, if all we are is bundles of energy... what is a 'hug' anyway?... I mean, if all we are is bundles of energy... what is a 'hug' anyway?... and how can we ever really touch each other?
Chris Ware Sayings: Unlike prose writing, the strange process of writing with pictures encourages associations and recollections to Unlike prose writing, the strange process of writing with pictures encourages associations and recollections to accumulate literally in front of your eyes; people, places, and events appear out of nowhere. Doors open into rooms remembered from childhood, faces form into dead relatives, and distant loves appear, almost magically, on the page- all deceptively manageable, visceral, the combinations sometimes even revelatory.
Chris Ware Sayings: I still can't get over the idea that respectable adults now go to see superhero I still can't get over the idea that respectable adults now go to see superhero movies and that such films get reviewed in the 'New Yorker.' Clearly, I am seriously out of step with the times.
Chris Ware Sayings: I believe that the development of language - of naming, categorization, conceptualization - destroys our I believe that the development of language - of naming, categorization, conceptualization - destroys our ability to see as we age.
Chris Ware Sayings: The real power of comics is writing as you draw. The real power of comics is writing as you draw.
Chris Ware Sayings: I was used to being disliked as a kid. Not that I didn't deserve it: I was used to being disliked as a kid. Not that I didn't deserve it: I was a pretty sad and unappealing creature, and still am, I guess. It's sort of simplistic to think that one tries to make stuff that accounts for one's repulsiveness as a person, but there's some truth to it. So, when I read something unfavorable, I always take it deeply personally. It's as if my efforts have been in vain, and I should just quit.
Chris Ware Sayings: "Real" drawing is about specifics. It's about describing an object as accurately as possible. In "Real" drawing is about specifics. It's about describing an object as accurately as possible. In a comic strip you have to draw a picture of the idea of the object. You have to draw the word that you are picturing, then you have to mix in specifics with it for it to work as a story. But you are still working with drawn words.
Chris Ware Sayings: I think it has most to do with the way in which a story is I think it has most to do with the way in which a story is told, whether it feels real either via the music of the telling or the 'honesty' of the story.
Chris Ware Sayings: Whereas in a memory you edit things out and sort of restructure the things to Whereas in a memory you edit things out and sort of restructure the things to seem a little bit more heroic, or to focus on particular aspects that magnify or reduce certain things.
Chris Ware Sayings: I don't think there's any independent cartoonist whose stuff I don't like or respect in I don't think there's any independent cartoonist whose stuff I don't like or respect in at least some way or another. We're all marginal laborers - we're practically medical oddities - so I don't see why we can't all be nice to each other.
Chris Ware Sayings: The thing I don't understand is why so often one hears discussion of the fruits The thing I don't understand is why so often one hears discussion of the fruits of human labor as if it's all the creation of some alien race.
Chris Ware Sayings: There is something about the medium [in comics] that allows for a simulation of actual There is something about the medium [in comics] that allows for a simulation of actual experience with the added benefit of actually reading. You're reading pictures, but you are also looking at them. It's a sort of combined activity that I can't really think of any other medium having, other than, say, a foreign film when you are reading and seeing. It allows for all sorts of associations that might not come up with just words or just pictures.
Chris Ware Sayings: Conveniently then he can forget it all exists. And, after a time only a general Conveniently then he can forget it all exists. And, after a time only a general notion will remain in his mind, that there are places where he doesn't belong, and those where he seems to fall right in.
Chris Ware Sayings: Newly Found Sugary Spill: Tastes Like Dried Spit or Old Soda Newly Found Sugary Spill: Tastes Like Dried Spit or Old Soda
Chris Ware Sayings: There seems to be a peculiar kind of clamor for comics. And I'm not sure There seems to be a peculiar kind of clamor for comics. And I'm not sure how much a part of reality that is. I think partly it's based on some idea that comics are what everybody wants to read - and I don't think that's the case.
Chris Ware Sayings: [Comics is] one of the last havens for honesty when it comes to a reader's [Comics is] one of the last havens for honesty when it comes to a reader's genuine response to art. Most of us, if we don't find any sympathy or pleasure, for example, in a modern painting, are likely to blame our own ignorance of the history and theory of painting. But nobody pretends to like a bad comic strip. Such harshness is necessary for any real truth to surface, I think, and for art to really contribute anything to life. Though I don't know. I could be wrong.
Chris Ware Sayings: There seems to be such a laziness in - and I hate to use this There seems to be such a laziness in - and I hate to use this phrase - the modern world. Everything is pumped out so quickly so that you can read it while passing by, like billboards or those flashcards before movie shows.
Chris Ware Sayings: I guess I just don't like being physically in front of people I don't know I guess I just don't like being physically in front of people I don't know very well, because I expect to be 'seen through,' or, even worse, instantly hated.
Chris Ware Sayings: I have a preponderance to look smug in photos; something to do with the way I have a preponderance to look smug in photos; something to do with the way my mouth turns up at the corners.
Chris Ware Sayings: The first thing I do when I get up is I look out the window. The first thing I do when I get up is I look out the window. I've been looking at the same image for six years. It's imprinted in my mind like an afterimage template.
Chris Ware Sayings: The whole experience reminded me of my own 'old lady' phase that I went through The whole experience reminded me of my own 'old lady' phase that I went through in high school while I was reading Somerset Maugham ... The embroidered sweaters, the costume jewelry ... I remember genuinely WANTING to be old then, to act as if the business of my life was already all but over, and that I was preternaturally wise because of it ...
God, the stupid things you'll do to try and meet boys ...
Chris Ware Sayings: My mother was always encouraging about my wanting to be an artist. My mother was always encouraging about my wanting to be an artist.