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  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly; Ltd Col edition (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770460209
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770460201
  • Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 2 x 18.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 379,703 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Chris Ware lives in Oak Park, Illinois, and is the author of "Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth," which was recently selected as one of the hundred best books of the decade by the London "Times." He is an irregular contributor to "The New Yorker."

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By 12345! on 4 Nov. 2010
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Issue 20 concentrates on a class-clown teenager who was taught by Mr Brown in Vol 16, Mr Browns son (Rusty) makes a very small and socially inept appearance in this issue. I have looked carefully through the acme novelty library (that huge red book) and the panel of rusty running away crying having been bullied by our subject in question seems another standout referance point.

Mr Lints life from birth to death is sped over 70 or so pages. The panels flow chronologically to our main chartacters age whilst between the panels, words and sub-thoughts thread their way adjacent to the main texts and images. The story is fragmented in bias towards the perception of Mr Lint who has an unpleasant past and perpetuates some of this on to others. Mr Lint is dislikable and in other ways warrants sympathy, the parents are at least partly to blame for his perception and reaction to his life's challenges but surely not all. I found as Mr lints life became more tubulant the panel layout became less predictable forcing the reader move the book to many vantage points.

2 small tips:
1) If you are familiar with previous material then get this and catch up on the 'plot'.
2) If you are not familiar with previous material read 16, 17, 18 & 19 in any order before 20.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Rijnbeek on 5 Dec. 2010
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Not a very upbeat story to say the least, but I found this particular issue very good. Perhaps because compared to other Acme Novelty books there is more pace to the story telling, 72 pages spanning the entire life of Jordan Lint. Our protagonist makes a mess of his life, not being able to build lasting relationships and somehow never able to learn from his mistakes. Something we can all relate to ;)
So in a genre filled with super heroes here is a proper anti-hero, someone who finally ends up as a bitter and lonely old man. As usual there is not much to laugh about; the term 'comic' seems out of place really.
A bit more humor would make Chris Ware's work easier to digest for me, but I guess the Acme Novelty Universe is just a somber place. Still, recommended!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Smith on 7 Jan. 2011
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I was a little disappointed by this one. I love Chris Ware's work and have enjoyed the last few Novelty Library issues very much. However, this one left me a bit cold. Where Jimmy Corrigan and Rusty Brown are not particularly likable, they are sympathetic characters. Jordan Lint, however, is distinctly unlikeable and the few moments that might have brought about some sympathy from me were not enough to draw me in.
Knowing the way Ware works, I think that this lack of emotional engagement with the main character had a detrimental effect on the way this book has been drawn. I didn't find the visuals as beautiful or "potent" as I normally do with his work. What formal experimentation there is seems a bit forced.

Compare the effectiveness of the introductory sequence, drawn in simplified "Playmobil" style, with the sublime realization at the beginning of Charles Burns' latest (and utterly wonderful) effort X'ed Out, that you are within some crudely rendered, TinTin influenced nightmare. Then the dream ends and the signature zig-zag shading kicks-in and is twice as compelling as it has any right to be. Ware's effort just doesn't stand up.

Having said that, this is still Chris Ware, and anything he ever does is probably going to be 90% better than most things out there - and this is. It just feels like he was going through the motions a bit with this one.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
The Whole Damned Life of Jordan Lint, Caucasian Nebraskan (1958-2023) 11 Nov. 2010
By read it for the words - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Like the wonderfully imaginative issue 19, Acme #20 -- a.k.a. LINT -- offers a powerful standalone story that will reward Chris Ware's veteran readers without frustrating newcomers. Do you know a literature lover who is (still) a comics skeptic? Acme #20 is yet another great Ware book to give to such a reader.

You don't have to love, like, or even be aware of Ware's ongoing "Rusty Brown" storyline to fall into this merciless volume, which vivisects the entire 65-year life of Jordan "Jason" Lint, who has appeared previously (and briefly) as Rusty Brown's school bully. In this book, he becomes a whole person: a poopy baby, a sensitive boy, a prickly teen, a callow fratboy, a cocky rocker, a crummy boyfriend, a lucky husband, a lecherous philanderer, an absentee (and possibly monstrous) father, a stingy landlord, and more.

Rusty appears here in just one brief panel sequence. And when he appears, he is silent. (We don't even see his face!) Yet Rusty's presence is keenly felt -- he hovers above Lint's narrative like a ghost -- and our knowledge of Rusty's toilsome existence, if we have it, only informs and deepens Lint's story's amazing complexity.

If Rusty Brown is the star of Ware's current creative concerns, Acme Novelty Library volumes 19 and 20 are brilliant planets orbiting that star. Like Mars and Earth respectively, Acmes #19 and #20 could hardly be more different on their story surfaces. But they are heavenly siblings, and each revolves magnificently around the surprisingly hot-burning and virile soul of Rusty Brown, clammy non-virile fanboy.

$16.29? Incredible. This book is a freaking godsend to the 21st-century Humanities... and to human beings! This review refers to a non-Kindle, non-eBook edition of this title.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Indispensable for fans of Ware's previous work 19 Nov. 2010
By Matthew Dake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bear in mind that I have been a follower of Ware's work for a rather long period of time now. The latest installment of the Acme Novelty Library is, in my humble opinion, the most provocative and interesting book in the ongoing Rusty Brown series. The previously innocuous character of Jason Lint is given a deeply moving and incredibly well thought-out testament to not only his own existence within the context of the series as whole, but also as a testament to the futility of the human existence as a whole. Not to say that this is a bleak work, on the contrary; this encapsulation of a life cycle in pictographic form practically screams at a decidedly American society to get it together.

Ware has been driving at this for quite some time, but never to this degree. For those familiar with his work, malaise and social isolation will come as no surprise. In this context, however, the typical "sad sack" protagonist has been replaced with an over-achieving, amoral, undeservedly successful, and somewhat narcissistic "man you love to hate" living his life exactly how he sees fit, reaching an existential climax unparalleled in the graphic medium. To say he gets his comeuppance is an understatement, and when the narrative resolves it is cathartic at worst and life-changing at best. Fans of Ware's previous work will undoubtedly be in absolute awe of this new installment.
8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Chris Ware, back in the saddle and in full control 25 Jan. 2011
By Cedarview - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
From a snot-nosed twenty something to a seasoned thirty something, I have grown as an adult with Chris Ware's comics. Available space, economics, and priorities have slowly winnowed away the comic titles I buy on a regular basis, but I will be with Chris until the end (either his or mine); his work is too crucial to ever give up. That being said, the first few issues of his current "Rusty Brown" series have left me a little cold. Not as cold as a Nebraska winter, mind you; the production design is great (I love the re-creation of a different style and packaging for each volume), the story has been intermittently engrossing, and the artwork beautiful as usual. However, while Rusty has historically been one of Chris' more whimsical creations, lampooning the obsessive, backwards misfit that lurks within so many of us, the series that bears his name has been cold, inward-looking, and kind of tangential. Of course any fans of Mr. Ware know that he certainly has somewhere in mind that he is taking us, and it is just a matter of being patient as he reveals his carefully crafted world piece by piece over these volumes. "Lint" is a quantum leap for this series. Instead of meandering through recollections of characters or tracing mundane "day in the life" travails, Chris shows you a life; an honest-to-God, fully realized life. It goes without saying that I could not put the book down and devoured it in one sitting. The artwork is superior; Chris has further developed a more detailed and naturalistic style that is becoming closer to the excellent work in his "date book" series and less like the stylized work in "Jimmy Corrigan". On finishing "Lint", I have the privileged feeling that I experienced the whole of another person's existence, including every tragedy, triumph, minor miracle, mistake and transgression. This book could make you look at other people in a different way; I certainly will not forget about this book anytime soon. I would recommend this book to any thoughtful person. "Lint" is a high point for the current "Rusty Brown" series so far, and it may even be a high point for Chris Ware in general. Obviously recommended for those who are collecting the series, but it could probably even be an appreciated stand-alone volume for those who (for some reason or the other) aren't.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Beautifully done but so darned hopeless and sad! 13 Jan. 2014
By ViVi529 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm not usually attracted to graphic novels and I'm somewhat new to Chris Ware. I discovered him through a magazine article and was blown away by how poignant the few frames included in the article were. Mr. Ware says so much through his pictures. The depth of feeling is palpable on each frame. "Lint" is the first book of his that I've "read" and I have to say I found it hopelessly sad. It was poignant, too, especially in the scenes with his mother. And he created such real depictions of feelings through all ages of the character. I could understand why the child turned into the man he did. Chris Ware beautifully created an extremely sad story.

I plan to "read" a few more of his works but I'm hoping the others will be more like what I saw in the magazine. I'm hoping that I find a spark of hope in the next ones. I am left with such a deep sadness and hopelessness and a lack of beauty. His pictures and his story create such a raw feeling.

So, do I rate the book based on how successfully he created these feelings or on how disappointed I was to not have found any hope in the book?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Life sucks and then you die. 20 Dec. 2010
By Harry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Ahh, wretched humanity. In Chris Ware's universe, life seems to be something to be endured, death being a final and welcome(?) release. The good, the bad, the ugly; they are all either helpless, dimwitted victims, guilty of casual cruelty, and/or are thoughtlessly and obsessively selfish.

Ware is a great story teller and a brilliant artist. He fashions incredible stories out of this less-than-perfect raw material. The story of Jordan/Jason Lint is compelling, intelligent, and beautifully told. This series of short vignettes effectively and lovingly tell the story of a man's life. Chris Ware may be the best and most innovative cartoonist working today.
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