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Isn't this just a collection of past work?

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Initial post: Oct 23, 2012 3:17:45 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 23, 2012 3:18:09 PM PDT
J. WOFFORD says:
I already own most of Chris Ware's prior work, including the last few Acme Novelty Library issues. As I look at the pictures of Build Stories, I'm seeing mostly (completely?) familiar images.

Is this just a repackaged collection of previously published work, or is some of it new? If so, how much? And if so, why is everyone raving about it as this great new revolution in publishing-when it's not even new?

Posted on Oct 28, 2012 11:24:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 28, 2012 11:37:46 PM PDT
I. Hensman says:
A lot (nearly all?) of the material in Building Stories has appeared elsewhere (New Yorker, New York Times, McSweeney's, Kramers Ergot, Acme Novelty Library), but my guess is you'd be unlikely to have more than two thirds of it. Acme Novelty Library 18 constitutes probably about a quarter of the material here. I'm a huge fan of Ware's work, and track it down wherever I can, but even then at least half of the stuff in this box is new to me. A lot of the 'old' material has been printed in a slightly different form too (e.g. at a larger size, as a separate booklet etc). I reckon it's totally worth it - at $30 it's a bargain. There's bound to be stuff in here you haven't seen before, and the way Ware has packaged it all together is pretty incredible.

Posted on Nov 11, 2012 7:46:58 AM PST
D. Bordelon says:
I believe the point here is in the packaging, in the various formats with which Ware presents the work. This is truly a case where the packaging matters.
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