Chris Ware and Seth at the Texas Book Festival

Two titans of sequential art, gabbing craftwise in Austin on Saturday

If you’re at all into comics – at least, comics that depict other than the antics of Spandex-clad superbeings slugging the shit out of each other in the name of justice or whatever – then just the headline above will have you twitching with anticipatory glee.

Chris Ware; Seth

Chris Ware, former promising cartoonist for UT’s Daily Texan, current world-renowned maestro of Acme Novelty Library, of Jimmy Corrigan and Building Stories and Rusty Brown, of anything that requires stunning draftsmanship, nonpareil design skills, high intelligence, and big heart; also a tricksy varmint. Seth, former person-with-the-usual-two-names, current well-dressed man responsible for the nostalgic and deeply bittersweet siblingsroman Clyde Fans and with a back catalog that includes inside-baseball tomes like George Sprott and Wimbledon Green and the long-running Palookaville floppy and his various talky misadventures with fellow artists Chester Brown and Joe Matt up there in the Great White North.

I mean. The two of them. Ware and Seth. Together, in Austin, holding forth on their storied works and whimsies, as part of the 24th annual Texas Book Festival.

To be precise: “Epic Time Capsules of Ordinary Life,” on Saturday, Oct. 26, 12:15-1pm; Capitol Auditorium E1.004, 1100 Congress.

Like, it’s not enough that Kevin Huizenga is gonna be here this weekend, too, with his The River at Night?

Like, it’s not enough that Eleanor Davis will also be among the TBF authors, presenting her The Hard Tomorrow?

What are you trying to do, Drawn & Quarterly? Spoil us for the rest of the comics industry?

Well, um.



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