Chris Ware Designs New Yorker’s First Cover of 2014
An illustration by SAIC alumnus and award-winning graphic novelist Chris Ware (1991–93) covers the New Yorker’s first issue of 2014. Ware discusses the cover, which features an audience of parents filming their children at a school play using their cell phones, in a blog post for the New Yorker published on December 30. “The more we give over of ourselves to these devices, the less of our own minds it appears we exercise, and worse, perhaps even concomitantly, the more we coddle and covet the devices themselves,” he says. “The gestures necessary to operate our new touch-sensitive generation of technology are disturbingly similar to caresses.” Ware is featured in the MCA Chicago exhibition City Self, open through April 13, and in Compulsive Narratives: Stories that MUST be Told, The Graphic Novel as Confession and Inspiration at the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts from January 16 through April 26. On January 29 Ware will participate in the university’s celebrated Writers in Camden series, supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.