Nebraska Authors

Chris Ware

Born 1967 Omaha, NE (USA)

A celebrated comic book artist who grew up in Omaha. Has had work in Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery shows, including a solo show. His work was included in a Whitney Biennial and has been shown in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and at the Brooklyn Museum.

Fantagraphics of Seattle has published eight issues of his series, including 'Quimby the Mouse,' 'Sparky's Best Comics and Stories,' 'The ACME Novelty Book of Jokes,' and 'Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth'; writes articles for the fictitious 'ACME Novelty Library.'

Heritage Room collection includes Ware's 2012 Building Stories, an unconventional graphic novel consisting of 14 different printed works in a boxed set.

Places Lived

Omaha, NE (1967-1985, also reported as 1967-1983)
Chicago, IL
Austin, TX

Author Of

  • Visual Work


Comics; Art


Undergraduate Studies, 1991, University of Texas-Austin, Austin, TX
Studied Printmaking at the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL


Comic Book Artist


Awarded two Harvey and Eisner Awards between 1995 and 1996

Building Stories, 2012 won:
The New York Times Book Review, Top 10 Book of the Year
Time Magazine, Top Ten Fiction Book of the Year
Publishers Weekly, Best Book of the Year
2013 Lynd Ward Prize, Best Graphic Novel of the Year
4-time 2013 Eisner Award Winner, including Best Publication, Best Writer/Artist and Best Graphic Album
Washington Post, Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune, Best Books of the Year
Cleveland Plain Dealer, Top 10 Fiction Books of the Year
Boing Boing, Best Graphic Novel of the Year


Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth.
Quimby the Mouse.
Chris Ware. 2007. (An exhibition at Sheldon Art Gallery)
Building Stories. 2012.

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