Scarce in any condition, this is the Special Chris Ware Issue of Daniel K. Raeburn's fanzine The Imp. It features Ware artwork, critical analysis, an interview, ads, a portrait of Chris Ware by Daniel Clowes, and more, written and designed to emulate a Chris Ware production. In the center is a 2-page color section featuring four comix inspired by Ware: by Archer Prewitt, Ivan Brunetti, Terry Laban, and Jessica Abel. Published in a newspaper tabloid format on heavy, non-newsprint paper.
"It was clearly the work of an obsessed person, in the very best way possible. A really smart obsessed person. There was a kind of Talmudic completeness to the whole thing, in a way that journalism rarely even aspires to. Not much journalism tries to be so emotional, and funny, and analytical, and thorough. There's really very little like it out there. The closest you get is one of those big stories they used to do in the old New Yorker, where at the end you feel like there's nothing else that needs to be said on the subject. I read it admiringly and jealously. In the years since I read the Chris Ware issue I've actually become friends with Chris Ware, real friends, we talk all the time, and probably a third of what I know about Chris still comes from that issue of The Imp. It was that complete and emotionally insightful."
--Ira Glass. This American Life