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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2008
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on April 18, 2009
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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on March 14, 2010
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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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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on December 3, 2008
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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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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 16, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Like Mr. Ware's other additions to the "Acme Novelty Library" series this book never fails to amaze with it's superb use of colors and layout twinned with his sensitive and thoughtfully poetic writing style. This book almost literally comes to life through perfectly executed panel timing and mood appropriated hues that are sure to sweep you away into the lives of the beautifully constructed characters and settings. Always breathtakingly elegant and subtle whilst being highly honest and thoroughly entertaining, this latest volume will make an excellent addition to your other comic books or a thrilling gift for a loved one.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 1, 2010
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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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10 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on December 12, 2008
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Make no mistake. I love Chris Ware. When a new Acme Novelty Library comes out, I order it ASAP.

The art is staggeringly gorgeous and graphic design is impeccable.

But it's getting to the point that the drudgery of making it through the narrative of character's failed dreams and sexual obsessions is wearing a bit thin for me.

Not to say that the story is badly written by any means...the parallels between the main character's sci-fi story and what was happening in his real life was wonderfully plotted out. The overlapping symmetry and reoccurring symbolism was great.

But for the love of mike... I'd love to just get a straight-forward FUN story outta Mr. Ware sometime.

Just one.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Reading "Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth" reawakened the thrill of discovery that I felt when I first read Joyce's Finnegan's Wake. This book reminded me of the joys of reading the short stories of John Updike. Both are about perfect.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2009
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
This product arrived very quickly and was in perfect condition. It was a great gift for my sister!
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