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“I think happiness is overrated.”

A nice, relatively brief interview with Chris Ware that is worth watching for two reasons—

(1) It spotlights Chris Ware, perhaps the single most important graphic novelist of, well…I think that’s it: the single most important graphic novelist (his epic masterwork, Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, being the standard case for legitimizing comics as high art/literature).

And (2) it places him in an interview with an awkwardly bubbly and funnily tenacious interviewer; that in addition to the kitschy background music and editing.

Ware’s responses—both verbal and nonverbal—are priceless. Enjoyable on multiple levels.

Nick Francis Potter is the author of New Animals. He currently teaches in the Digital Storytelling Program at the University of Missouri.

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