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4.0 out of 5 stars Ambitious, 22 July 2008
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This review is from: Acme Novelty Library: No. 18 (Hardcover)
It goes without saying that Chris Ware's latest instalment of his on-going, continually evolving work is as beautifully designed and packaged as ever, as much as it is evident that the tone is the familiar one of almost overwhelming regret and sadness for past mistakes, creating a sense of self-pity that prevents his characters from moving forward or even being able to fully appreciate their present lives.

That sense of past, present and future combined is ambitiously tackled here by Ware in a way that can perhaps only really be accomplished graphically, not just relying on the standard of flashbacks, but having all time periods operating almost simultaneously, and often viewed from the perspective of an apartment building - shown in typical Ware cutaway - where the protagonist, a young woman with one leg amputated below the knee lives. Her life is similarly dissected with surgical graphic precision and laid out in cut-away on the page.

The sense of narrative flow in the first half of the novel (and the work is certainly novelistic in its scope) soon gives way to those temporal experiments in repetition and patterns in the latter half over several overlaid events and their locations. Ambitious though it may be, it doesn't really succeed in adding any greater depth to the situation, but it's remarkable to see an artist even attempting something this original and distinctive within the medium.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful example of the art of bookbinding, 23 Mar 2011
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This review is from: Acme Novelty Library: No. 18 (Hardcover)
I consider Chris Ware to be an icon in the art of infographics. Though he hasn't really worked with infographics, his drawings are an example to follow. It's clear, concise and accurate.

The Acme Novelty Library is, as all of his work, rather depressing, but is still a very beautiful book. It should be mandatory in all graphic design, illustration and layout classes. This book is an example of the art of bookbinding. The gold ornaments, the application of different materials and the attention to detail made me re-think my career choice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A slightly different angle, 15 Feb 2008
This review is from: Acme Novelty Library: No. 18 (Hardcover)
More tender, bleak musings on loneliness from Mr. Ware. Very beautiful to look at, the story unfolds in a very assured, moving way and you begin to get the sense that you're looking at the work of an artist who is about to achieve something truly remarkable.
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