Monday, 26 October 2009

The Chris Ware Comic You Could Always See But Never Read

On my recent return to San Francisco, I was able to do something I've wanted to do for ages. You see, 826 Valencia is home to one McSweeney's Magazine and publishing, which is often miss but on occasion hit for me. It is a pirate supply store on its surface, but beneath lies the teeming underbelly of developing writers.

They put up a frontpiece by Chris Ware (of Jimmy Corrigan and Acme Novelty Library fame), but I could never see it close enough to actually SEE what it was. The worst part is, a few months after it went up, some kids paint--balled it, so it lay graffitied and obscure, distant and mocking for months. I'm glad they got the money to clean/replace it.

Well, armed with my new digital camera, I was able to do what I've always wanted. I zoomed in as much as I could and took four different pictures. Then I stitched them together and made a high resolution composite. Now you can read the comic! Hot damn!

Just click on the picture to enjoy.

1 comment:

Ambassador MAGMA said...

Actually, it's STILL hard to see! If you copy the image and blow it up, you can read most of it, although the quality isn't perfect.

These diagaramatic spreads that he does are so amazing and frustrating. I never feel as though I've read the entire thing.

Thanks for checking it out!

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