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Ware, Chris. BUILDING STORIES: THE HARDBOARD BOXED SET EDITION. New York City, NY: Pantheon Books, 2012. Hardcover. First Edition/First Printing. 260 pages. As New.

Retrospective collection of stories in graphic-novel form. Now considered a contemporary classic. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Presented as a Hardboard Boxed Set, which weighs 7 pounds and whose contents amount cumulatively to "Building Stories". Published in a very small and limited first print run that sold out shortly after publication. The First Edition is now rare. Presents Chris Ware's "Building Stories". The publisher's idiosyncratic blurb sounds very much like Chris Ware himself (it's written in his inimitable voice if he did not actually write it himself) and as such, cannot be improved upon: "14 distinctively discrete Books, Booklets, Magazines, Newspapers, and Pamphlets. With the increasing electronic incorporeality of existence, sometimes it's reassuring, perhaps even necessary, to have something to hold on to. Thus, within this colorful keepsake box, the purchaser will find a fully-apportioned variety of reading material ready to address virtually any imaginable artistic or poetic taste, from the corrosive sarcasm of youth to the sickening earnestness of maturity while discovering a protagonist wondering if she'll ever move from the rented close quarters of lonely young adulthood to the mortgaged expanse of love and marriage". An absolute "must-have" title for Chris Ware collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed (in his tiny block letters) in pencil on the box itself by the artist: "C. Ware". This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. BeWare: Copies from stores and online mass marketers are all subsequent printings. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of The London Guardian Fiction Award in 2001 for "Jimmy Corrigan, Or the Smartest Kid on Earth", the very first graphic novelist to win the award. One of the most brilliant living writer/graphic artists. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CHRIS WARE AND MCSWEENEY'S TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 0375424334. $200.00

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