I've been a big fan of Chris Ware's work for many years, and now that I've started this typography blog, it is high-time that I acknowledged Chris as not only one of the most interesting comic illustrator/writers around today, but also as one of a very rare breed contemporary artists/designers, working just as the old-school lettering artists did (with pens and rulers and t-squares) to produce rich, complex typographic compositions that are as pictorial as the illustrations they support.

If you haven't ever had the unique pleasure of sitting down with a Chris Ware Acme Novelty Company book, you must do it very soon. You won't be disappointed.

Here is a small sampling of Chris's lettering and a beautiful title design he did for Jessica Yu's amazing documentary In the Realms of the Unreal about the artist Henry Darger.

 

 

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