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ACME Novelty Library, No. 19

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  • Posted August 17, 2009

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    Traveling to Mars... and back (?) to Earth.

    This continuation of "Rusty Brown" series is simply (and literally) amazing. As in most of Chris Ware's creations, Science and Technique come together with Art. We start with four people (among them Rusty Brown who ios the narrator)traveling to Mars in as space ship and installing a station there, complete with cottages, gardens and dogs (under a "magnetospheric" shell. For unknown reasons, Rusty remains alone with the dog in the wilderness. But on page 35 or about since there is no explicit paging, we meet an older Rusty, a science fiction writer, publishing in a pulp named "Nebulous (number 5) a story : "The seeing-eye dogs of mars", maybe the very story we have just read. But a much younger Rusty comes now with his frustrating love affairs, until we reach Nebraska Chris Ware's home state) where he works as a journalist. At a moment one of his glasses is broken, but his continuing interest for science fiction pulps is again underlined.
    Now we are back with the older Rusty with his pants down (we have already met the young one in the same embarrassing situation) reading pulps (and masturbating?), finally having a shave which gets rid of his (red) mustache.
    A short (two pages), with no picture, text ends the book. It is entitled "Syzygy" and is suppose to have been published in the "Apogee Quarterly" (Volume 1, number 3, September 19777, Lincoln, Nebraska). The author describes his own travel to...V645 Alpha Centauri.
    When we close the book, on the back cover we are back to Earth, to war and horror : a plain American couple greeting soldiers who beat orange dresse prisoners somewhere in "Juan Tanamo"...
    Once more, Ware's vignettes are superb, drawing and colors... another great book.

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  • Posted March 18, 2009

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    Possibly the best comic of 2008

    A perfectly-crafted tale about growing up, and the heartbreak that accompanies it. The art is crisp and bright, with a style similar to newspaper comic strips. The book is hilarious, but also has an overarching sense of a kind of nostalgic sadness, the same kind of feeling you get when looking at old pictures of yourself as a child. This volume does contain a complete story (well, actually, two interlinking stories) with a beginning and an end, so don't worry if you haven't read the previous 18 volumes of Acme Novelty Library.

    This book is NOT for children, as it does contain some nudity and sexual content.

    Very highly recommended for people who enjoy literary comics (like Marjane Satrapi's "Persepolis," Daniel Clowes' "Ghost World," and Craig Thompson's "Blankets"), or for non-comics-reading fans of authors like Kurt Vonnegut and Michael Chabon who are interested in trying something new.

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