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Library JournalComic creators as diverse as Jason and Ben Katchor have all given great attention to the form their work takes, paying due heed to paper feel, binding, and cover design. Ware does not so much take the concern with the physical nature of comics farther than others as much as he focuses a spotlight on it. Joining him in forcing readers to be aware of the physical embodiment of the story are pop-up-book artists such as Gary Greenberg and the many authors, such as Brian Selznick, who make the reader follow the story on multiple planes. Nick Bantock’s illustrated novel of actual correspondence (postcards and letters) is a great choice for readers who enjoy Ware as much for his artistic talent as for his tactile emphasis. In Bantock’s books readers have to take letters out of their envelopes, unfold them, and read the story in a new form. They must also interpret the illustrations on all the correspondence in light of the developing plot. It is a brilliant example of the illustrated novel, one that not only shares a heritage with Ware but with McSweeney’s boxes as well.
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