Bookninja linked earlier this week to a designer’s rhapsodic post about the latest issue of McSweeney’s, Number 13, which was guest edited and designed by Chris Ware, and has just appeared. “It goes far beyond anything McSweeneyâ€™s has ever done,” the designer says. “It is extraordinary.” Agreed.
Here’s my (quick, informal, relatively inarticulate) take on the new issue:
It’s stunning, possibly the most beautiful book I’ve ever seen — hardcover, 316 pages, with a foldout, Sunday comics-style cover. Inside are fascinating personal essays from Ira Glass and Chris Ware, along with a historical perspective on the art of comics. And it’s packed with selections from some of the most prominent contemporary cartoonists. It’s a great introduction for the uninitiated like me, those unfamiliar with comics and graphic novels aside from, say, Ghost World, Peanuts, and Spiegelman’s Maus books.