God, this is cool. I’ve always wanted to see sequential artist Chris Ware in animation, and it seems I’ve gotten my wish. Here is an animated segment that Chris and animator John Kuramoto created for This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass. It’s not the first time Chris and Ira have teamed up for an animation, but it’s the first time you don’t have to buy a DVD to see it.
Chris Ware, for the uninitiated, is a breathtakingly badass artist who blends deadpan humor, existential angst and incredible visuals to craft some of the most beautiful books I have ever read. As much a graphic designer as a visual storyteller, Chris does all the lettering and layout for his works by hand. If you want to get started with him, check out Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth.
Thanks to Phuong Mai for the tip.