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Rory’s Story

It is an unusually warm morning in San Francisco. My parents are sitting on the back porch reading the paper, sipping coffee. Suddenly, there is the sound of broken glass as I come flying through the window behind them. A surreal moment—it’s difficult to tell who is more stunned, my parents or I.

While nearly the entire window is gone, I have only minor cuts. The one who will suffer as a result of this outburst is my younger brother, Rory, who pushed me.

Jordan W. Lint, Installment #1

[Editor‘s Note: Chris Ware contributes the first installment of “Jordan W. Lint,” a “serialized pictorial fiction,” to the Winter 2008 issue of VQR. Ware’s new project tells the story of the fictional Jordan W. Lint by illustrating sing [...]

The Sky Is Falling, the Sky Is Falling!

Everyone around the world with access to a television set saw the cataclysmic destruction of the World Trade Center towers, saw it in constant replay, burning—and burning itself into our collective retina. I saw it that way too, but first saw it unmediated. On September 11th my wife, Françoise Mouly, and I had just stepped out of our Lower Manhattan home. Those towers had been our taken-for-granted neighbors, always picture-postcard visible a mile south of our front stoop. That morning, out of the very clear, very blue sky, a plane roared right over our heads and smashed into the first tower.

The Origin of the Escapist

Set during Golden Age of comic books, Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay tells the story of Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay, cousins who create a superhero known as "The Escapist." Now, at long last, that dazzling Master of Elusion, foe of tyranny, and champion of liberation slips free from the bonds of the novel into the full-color world of comics.