Chris Ware: ‘Does the world really need another tome about an artist?’

The celebrated New Yorker cartoonist on his intricate graphic memoir Monograph, his love for Peanuts and why his grandmother is his favourite storyteller

Chris Ware is a novelist’s graphic novelist. Beloved by the likes of Zadie Smith (“There’s no writer alive whose work I love more than Chris Ware’s”), he is compared more often to Joyce than cartoonists before him. His books are Ulyssean in size and complexity, pages filled with tiny, intricate drawings, which is probably how he manages to fit so much of life into them.

His latest book is his biggest, in dimensions and concept. Monograph is a solid, 18-inch tall memoir, but also an exploration of a life spent in pursuit of art, and a frank breakdown of the nature and function of comics. “Does the world really need another printed tome about an artist, let alone one about an admittedly marginal and rather questionable graphic ...