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Acme Novelty Library: No. 19 [Hardcover]

Chris Ware
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30 Nov 2008 Acme Novelty Library (Book 19)
The penultimate teen issue of the "ACME Novelty Library "appears this autumn with a new chapter from the electrifying experimental narrative "Rusty Brown," which examines the life, work, and teaching techniques of one of its central real-life protagonists, W. K. Brown. A previously marginal figure in the world of speculative fiction, Brown's widely anthologized first story, "The Seeing Eye Dogs of Mars," garnered him instant acclaim and the coveted White Dwarf Award for Best New Writer when it first appeared in the pages of "Nebulous "in the late 1950s, but his star was quickly eclipsed by the rise of such talents as Anton Jones, J. Sterling Imbroglio, and others of the so-called psychovisionary movement. (Modern scholarship concedes, however, that they now owe a not inconsequential aesthetic debt to Brown.) New surprises and discoveries concerning the now legendarily reclusive and increasingly influential writer mark this nineteenth number of the "ACME Novelty Library," itself a regular award-winning periodical, lauded for its clear lettering and agreeable coloring, which, as any cultured reader knows, are cornerstones of any genuinely serious literary effort. Full color, seventy-eight pages, with hardbound covers, full indicia, and glue, the "ACME Novelty Library "offers its readers a satisfying, if not thrilling, rocket ride into the world of unkempt imagination and pulse-pounding excitement.


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  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (30 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1897299567
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897299562
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 503,474 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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CHRIS WARE is the author of "Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth "and the annual progenitor of the amateur periodical the "ACME Novelty Library." An irregular contributor to "The New Yorker "and "The Virginia Quarterly Review," Ware was the first cartoonist chosen to regularly serialize an ongoing story in "The New York Times Magazine," in 2005-2006. He edited the thirteenth issue of "McSweeney's Quarterly Concern "in 2004 as well as Houghton Mifflin's "Best American Comics "for 2007, and his work was the focus of an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 2006.Ware lives in Oak Park, Illinois, with his wife, Marnie, a high-school science teacher, and their daughter, Clara.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars genius body of work in miniture 17 Jan 2009
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If you have touched upon the previous material/volumes you may know what you are letting yourself in for. However this volume seems to take a pleasant surprising side-line story (away from the school and bees!) and into a science fiction story about Mars, dogs, death, cruelty, isolation and a lot more. The remaining material in this volume takes us on the ride that is completely engaging harrowing and atmospheric only to leave the reader speechless again. Be aware though, that as usual when trying to express to others why the stories atmosphere and images combined are so beautifully unique, the words of enthusiasm always will fall flat leaving you trying to remember what the exact details were that enthralled in the first place. This work continues to be in a class of its own. I would even recommend this volume as a starting point into Chris Wares work, as not knowing the previous volumes would not ruin anything about starting here and working through the volumes in any direction. Its a scenic body of work for quality time alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the series 14 Mar 2011
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Now on number 19, chris ware keeps churning out new and amazing books in his trademark styles and themes.
A welcome dip into a 60's era space-utopian scifi this melancholy story has an interesting twist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Floating Round My Tin Can 1 Nov 2008
By S. Sullivan - Published on Amazon.com
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Chris Ware's recent output of work is no doubt his most impressive. Sadly this won't be recognized for a few years. It won't be until these chunks of story that comprise the last few Acme Novelty installments are collected and released in their full form that it will be clear what he is up to. The two books on the horizon are "Building Stories" (a piece of which makes up Acme Novelty Library #18) and "Rusty Brown" which has had now three releases, numbers 16, 17 and now 19.
Rusty Brown himself makes nary an appearance in this volume as the focus is placed instead on Rusty Brown's father, minor science fiction writer W.K. Brown. The work is segmented into two halves, the first being an illustration of one of Brown's science fiction stories, a gripping piece called "The Seeing Eye-Dogs of Mars". There is something very satisfying about seeing Ware tackle science fiction. His art style isn't the most obvious for the genre but the two compliment each other surprisingly well. The novel then progresses into more traditional territory for Ware (which is not to say it isn't emotionally effecting, well observed, and masterfully composed, because it is) and it has the advantage of reflecting back on the opening section. As usual with Ware the book itself is beautifully assembled. Chris Ware is growing leaps and bounds as an artist because he has not lost anything that made his early work special yet has increased his scope as a writer and continues to invent with the form. With each release Ware's status as the best living cartoonist becomes more and more certain while his relative obscurity (considering the emotional power and formal importance of his work) becomes more and more disconcerting. At the very least, this new volume raises the bar for what we can expect from the complete "Rusty Brown."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 18 April 2009
By Mariana - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I can't say how much I love Chris Ware. From the little notes on the outside of the book to the hidden treasures on every page, I can never get bored re-reading and re-reading his works. There's a part in this book where you think he's made a mistake with a woman's hair color at the beginning. And then you realize that it was perfectly deliberate. And that's just one of the subtleties that make Ware's books so delightful. Everything is so careful, and you know how painstaking and painful it is for him to do what he does. And it's so beautiful. I recommend Chris Ware for everyone, including those who don't usually read graphic novels - in fact, especially for those who don't. Because this is a literature that begs to be rediscovered by the masses. And Chris Ware is the perfect ambassador.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book in New Territory 14 Mar 2010
By tvk - Published on Amazon.com
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As Ware moves away from his complex structure toward a more straight forward presentation, the stories he tells grow more and more heart wrenching and mature. Having read this, I'm disappointed I missed out on #16 and #18. If you're a fan of Ware, you'll enjoy this book. If you're a newcomer, I suggest you look into Corrigan first.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome 1 Feb 2010
By Kevin E. Beyers - Published on Amazon.com
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Love all his work, especially "Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth" Heart-breakingly glorious. This is a perfect companion to that work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another Heart Breaks 3 Dec 2008
By K. Dain Ruprecht - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Another beautiful, strange, achingly sad work by Chris Ware. It is apparently a speculative story about a science fiction writer whose best-known story, "The Seeing Eye Dogs of Mars," is superbly illustrated at the beginning, seamlessly evolving into a reverie of the first very screwed-up "romance" of it's creator, the father of recurring Ware character Rusty Brown. W.F. "Woody" Brown was first seen as the depressed English teacher in #16 and #17, and the backwards chronology now explains his fascination with schoolgirl Alice White. As another reviewer noted, I believe that this Ware fellow is up to something really big and really amazing when all 52 or whatever volumes are completed.
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