Christopher Borrelli profiles famed SAIC alumnus Chris Ware (1991–93) and previews the artist’s intricate new project Building Stories.
Christopher Borrelli profiles famed SAIC alumnus Chris Ware (1991–93) and previews the artist’s intricate new project Building Stories.
October 20

Chicago Tribune Describes How to Build a Chris Ware

The Chicago Tribune’s Christopher Borrelli describes How to Build a Chris Ware” on the front page of the September 26 Arts and Entertainment section. Borrelli highlights the artist’s incredibly detailed new project Building Stories, containing “14 books that tell the interlocking stories of the residents of a Chicago apartment building.” Profiling the graphic novelist’s illustrious career, which took off after Ware’s time at SAIC 1991–93, Borelli argues Ware is “so routinely referred to as a genius that the accolade is more like fact than opinion.” Despite his success, Borelli characterizes Ware as private and extremely humble, citing self-doubt and “humility-verging-on-delusion” as fundamental aspects of his artistic disposition. Ware’s wife, fellow SAIC alumna Marnie Ware, explains, “Rarely does he say he's happy with something he has done, even in private." Borrelli, however, specifies another element essential to Ware’s character: “ambition.”