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From loose to boxed fragments and back again : seriality and archive in Chris Ware’s building stories

Benoit Crucifix (UGent)
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This article focuses on the dynamics of seriality, archiving and collection in Chris Ware’s graphic novel Building Stories, situating it within the larger context of graphic novel serialisations. It argues that the dispersed serialisation of Building Stories is key to understanding its box-of-comics format as well as its fragmented narrative structure. In a self-reflexive homage to the material history of comics, Ware’s graphic novel indeed appears as an archive of its own serialisation, foregrounding a process of collecting/dispersing fragments.
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archive, graphic novel, materiality, Chris Ware, seriality

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MLA
Crucifix, Benoit. “From Loose to Boxed Fragments and Back Again : Seriality and Archive in Chris Ware’s Building Stories.” JOURNAL OF GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS, vol. 9, no. 1, 2018, pp. 3–22.
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Crucifix, B. (2018). From loose to boxed fragments and back again : seriality and archive in Chris Ware’s building stories. JOURNAL OF GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS, 9(1), 3–22.
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Crucifix, Benoit. 2018. “From Loose to Boxed Fragments and Back Again : Seriality and Archive in Chris Ware’s Building Stories.” JOURNAL OF GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS 9 (1): 3–22.
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Crucifix, Benoit. 2018. “From Loose to Boxed Fragments and Back Again : Seriality and Archive in Chris Ware’s Building Stories.” JOURNAL OF GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS 9 (1): 3–22.
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Crucifix B. From loose to boxed fragments and back again : seriality and archive in Chris Ware’s building stories. JOURNAL OF GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS. 2018;9(1):3–22.
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B. Crucifix, “From loose to boxed fragments and back again : seriality and archive in Chris Ware’s building stories,” JOURNAL OF GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 3–22, 2018.
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  abstract     = {This article focuses on the dynamics of seriality, archiving and collection in Chris Ware’s graphic novel Building Stories, situating it within the larger context of graphic novel serialisations. It argues that the dispersed serialisation of Building Stories is key to understanding its box-of-comics format as well as its fragmented narrative structure. In a self-reflexive homage to the material history of comics, Ware’s graphic novel indeed appears as an archive of its own serialisation, foregrounding a process of collecting/dispersing fragments.},
  author       = {Crucifix, Benoit},
  issn         = {2150-4857},
  journal      = {JOURNAL OF GRAPHIC NOVELS & COMICS},
  keywords     = {archive,graphic novel,materiality,Chris Ware,seriality},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {3--22},
  title        = {From loose to boxed fragments and back again : seriality and archive in Chris Ware’s building stories},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/21504857.2017.1303619},
  volume       = {9},
  year         = {2018},
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