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.
ACME Novelty Library, No. 19by Chris Ware
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/i>… See more details below
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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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.
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.