Chris Ware's New Graphic Novel Featured in Chicago Magazine

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Chicago magazine featured Chris Ware's (1991–93) second graphic novel, Rusty Brown. The book begins with the title character at the elementary school of Ware’s youth, then goes into chapters devoted to the people the first grader encounters in a single day: his father, his teacher, and his bully, whose life story is covered from birth to death. Chicago reports that a fictionalized version of Ware appears in the novel, and the author himself states, “Mr. Ware is by far the biggest jerk in the whole story,” says the famously self-effacing author, “and I figured if I was going to have a character who was a jerk, he might as well look like me.”