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March 20, 2007

Chris Ware animation on This American Life

still image from Chris Ware's cartoon for This American Life

Like many people, I've been looking forward to the premiere of the television version of This American Life. I'm even more excited now that I've learned that cartoonist Chris Ware has animated one of the segments.

As I'm sure just about all of you know, Ware is a brilliant graphic artist and story teller, though I have to admit that I find it very difficult to actually read his material(*).

But his animation of a This American Life segment is spot-on perfect! It's the tale of how some elementary school kids started making fake TV cameras, and how that changed life in the schoolyard. Watch it here, and watch the entire show beginning March 22 on Showtime.

(*)Many of Ware's stories have to do with children suffering through lives of bleakness and despair. My childhood was pretty bleak too, so I find his stuff a bit too close to home).

(Thanks BoingBoing!)

Posted by Chris Spurgeon at March 20, 2007 05:55 PM

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