Long before there was Rusty Brown and Jimmy Corrigan, there was Floyd Farland: Citizen of the Future, Chris Ware’s very first published comic book.
Apparently he’s quite ashamed and embarrassed of it (as honestly most of us are by our early attempts at art), to the point where he’s tried to hunt down as many copies as possible and destroy them. Show up at a signing with a copy and he’ll beg you to buy it from you so he can burn in front of your eyes, laughing maniacally all the while.
That’s the story I’ve heard at any rate. But Brian Hughes of Again With the Comics managed to have a copy in his collection and share a few pages, as well as his impressions:
The writing is very “Angry Young Man” circa 1987, what with the “Thought Police” and the “Totalitarian Government” slant. The art style is almost the exact opposite of his current style: crude, stark, and unpolished. Ware now applies an architectural precision to each page, but his early work is thick–lined, blocky, and chaotic. Background detail is abstract, when it appears at all, and human faces are blob-and-line cartoons. It is fortunate that most of the story is driven by exposition, because figuring out the action on some pages is nearly impossible.
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