Acme Novelty Datebook: Volume One

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Acclaimed cartoonist Chris Ware reveals the outtakes of his genius in these intimate, imaginative, and whimsical sketches collected from the years during which he completed his award-winning graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (Pantheon). His novel not only won the Manchester Guardian First Novel prize in 2001 but it has sold over 100,000 copies. This book is as much a companion volume to Jimmy Corrigan —one of the great crossover success stories— as a tremendous art collection from of one of ...

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Overview

Acclaimed cartoonist Chris Ware reveals the outtakes of his genius in these intimate, imaginative, and whimsical sketches collected from the years during which he completed his award-winning graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (Pantheon). His novel not only won the Manchester Guardian First Novel prize in 2001 but it has sold over 100,000 copies. This book is as much a companion volume to Jimmy Corrigan —one of the great crossover success stories— as a tremendous art collection from of one of America’s most interesting and popular graphic artist.

Chris Ware has a passion for drawing that is surprisingly wide-ranging in style and subject. This book surprises the reader on every page with its sense of spontaneous vision. Architectural drawings from Chicago and interplanetary robot comics collide with cruelly doodled human figures and quietly troubling studies of the still life. A must for people with a passion for modern design and old-fashioned style.

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The Eisner and Harvey Award-winning creator of the highly celebrated Jimmy Corrigan, Ware here presents selections from the sketchbooks he kept during the time that he was conceiving and working on Corrigan and his regular comic anthology series, The Acme Novelty Library. Ware experiments with a great variety of styles in both black and white and full color, from simply drawn cartoon animals to detailed sketches from life of people and buildings. He also copies other cartoonists (including one of his major inspirations, Robert Crumb), draws excellent Buck Rogers-esque spaceships, and includes famous characters such as Superman and Krazy Kat. There are many strips featuring Corrigan and other characters (including a masked flying superhero called God), along with preliminary sketches and notes for Ware's published work. Ware's artistic crises and lack of confidence in his work are laid bare, with the pages containing a variety of exhortations to himself, sometimes intended to be constructive -e.g., "respect your obsessions"-but more often along the lines of "your drawing sucks." With many nudes and explicit sex included, this is one for adult collections, and it's recommended anywhere Jimmy Corrigan has proven popular. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781896597669
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publication date: 11/26/2013
  • Series: Acme Novelty Library Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 575,680
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 9.57 (h) x 1.19 (d)

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