This is an perceptive collection of essays surveying the work of acclaimed comics creator Chris Ware. "The Comics of Chris Ware" brings together contributions from established and emerging scholars about the comics of Chicago-based cartoonist Chris Ware. At levels both popular and scholarly, Ware's work is rapidly being distinguished as essential to the developing canon of the graphic novel. Winner of the 2001 Guardian First Book Prize for his genre-defining "Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth", Ware has received numerous accolades from both the literary and comics establishment. This collection addresses the range of Ware's work from his earliest drawings in the 1990s in The ACME Novelty Library and his acclaimed Jimmy Corrigan, to his most recent works-in-progress, "Building Stories" and "Rusty Brown".