As noted in the Chicago Tribune last Saturday, three of the four covers commissioned by The New Yorker magazine were drawn by artists from the Chicago area, one of them from Oak Park.

Chris Ware, best known for his alternative comic book series on “Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth,” penned one of the covers celebrating The New Yorker’s 85th anniversary (on newsstands this week). All four featured the long-necked, top-hatted twit familiar to readers as “The New Yorker” over the past eight and a half decades.

In the Trib article, art editor Francoise Mouly described Ware’s work as “so grounded in geography that my appreciation of Chicago is very much an appreciation of things he has shown me there.” Ah, artspeak.

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