The Complete Jack Survives / by Kyle Vernier


I picked this up after I heard Chris Ware talk about Jerry Moriarty in an interview. Jack Survives is a painted strip comic starring the eponymous Jack. Jack is a confused and innocent everyman. The strips are painted, not drawn. This helps add humanity to the comic, the hand of the artist is ever present. With many comics the artists disappears in the storytelling, and the art can at times feel mechanical (especially in mainstream comics where the various creative tasks are handled by a small group of people). Chris Ware wrote the introduction to this collection and his admiration is obvious.