Building Stories by Chris Ware is on just about every ‘best book of 2012’ list, but is it really a book? Ware’s style is recognized for being rather complex and as WNYC put it, he is “broadening the boundaries of what comics can be and what kinds of stories they can tell.”
This graphic novel tells the stories of tenants in a single brownstone building in Chicago. The ‘novel’ comes packaged as 14 separate items, among them letters, folded papers, newspapers, pamphlets, comic strips, and even a board game and tells the story of 3 neighbors in this building. The choice to have such a physical book was deliberate, and speaks to having something to ‘hold’ in a digital age.
See more images of the innovative ‘text’ below:
This is a common problem in product design as well. By introducing delight and surprise into the discovery of the overarching narrative, it is broken down into a method that explores the depth of comic book art.