I've only read Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth
and a few random strips of Ware’s other work here and there, but he’s a very different beast to Thompson. He deficiently loves to experiment with panel layouts and packaging, but he doesn’t have the sort of outlandish expressive art style that Thompson has; he keeps the colours flat, loves to show everything from a simple isometric or orthographic perspective and creates characters with a very simple but distinctive designs. And he loves, loves
to focus on seemingly banal details. I think his work is much more difficult to get into than Thomson’s.
Personally I liked Jimmy Corrigan and found it really fascinating, but I fucking struggled to get through it at times. It’s not just that it’s depressing and dark (especially in the humour) but the mundaneness of it all makes it really difficult. Pretty much every major character is trapped in their own little world, either from outside forces or their own depression, and he rarely gives you the hope that things might get better for them.
And that’s not to say that I won’t be buying Building Stories; I just think I’d need some kind of happiness chaser. Something to return me to normal after each read so I don’t end up staring at the ceiling for hours.