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Quimby the Mouse (Acme Novelty Library) Paperback – August 25, 2004

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From Publishers Weekly

This large-format collection of Ware's early work, mostly from 1990 and 1991, repackages material that appeared in Acme Novelty Library as well as other publications, but still feels amazingly fresh. Even in these early strips, Ware displays a virtuoso ability in both rendering and storytelling. The material consists of primarily one or two page strips focusing on Quimby's remarkable bad luck in life and everything else. Quimby resembles a distant cousin of Disney's iconic Mickey Mouse, but instead of being a chipper mascot, he's a tiny, bleak figure travelling across a hostile world. The depressing subject matter is clothed in the peppy antics of primal cartooning, making the strong emotions that much more potent for being so surprising. All of the work is packaged impeccably-Ware's beautiful gold foil stamped cover alone is worth the book's price, while his running joke that the book is, in fact, a discarded library book is funny and touching, underscoring comics' ephemeral quality. Ware also provides a wonderful autobiographical introduction that gives the work context without ever explaining it; he simply adds another layer. Fans of Ware's earlier Jimmy Corrigan will find much to enjoy here; the tragicomic sensibility, beautiful drawing and impeccable packaging that marked that book are all here in full effect.
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From Booklist

Ware's Jimmy Corrigan (2000) was the most critically acclaimed graphic novel of the last decade. Although this collection of his work won't receive the accolades its predecessor reaped, in some ways it attests even more strongly his mastery of the comics medium. Here Ware toys with the very essence of comics. In some stories, he slices and dices the narrative quite extraordinarily, meticulously dividing a single page into as many as 168 individual, postage-stamp-size panels. Elsewhere, in a more straightforward but equally painstaking manner, he lovingly draws in the styles of vintage newspaper comic strips, reproducing even their yellowed-newsprint backgrounds. The eponymous Quimby's adventures, such as they are, are essentially pointless, but that is the point. The nondescript cartoon rodent goes through mundane activities, punctuated by the occasional dread-inducing experience, with an emotional resiliency equivalent to the physical elasticity of his animated forbears. He is the existentialist Wyle E. Coyote. Fortunately, the gorgeousness of this oversize volume matches Ware's fastidiousness. Indeed, it is almost too beautiful to share shelf space with drabber books. Gordon Flagg
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Product Details

  • Series: Acme Novelty Library
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books; Cmc edition (August 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560974559
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560974550
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,464,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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.

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By A Customer on August 19, 2003
Format: Hardcover
To appreciate C. Ware's work is simple: his genius is hard to miss. From the palate he uses to construct seasons to the grotesques of characters reminiscent of certain 19th century tracts, the man is a master of his craft.
Oddly enough I have found not one mention of the man's ability to panel well. The way he (literally) lays out his pictoral narrative is nothing short of amazing and nowhere is this seen more clearly than in Quimby Mouse. What essentially boil down to rotoscopic images more fit for a flip-book than a strip of celluloid transparencies, Ware's frames are set down in a fashion that is entertaining _to work through_. And rest assured, you will be working: often times a single page can and will take you a good 20 minutes to read thouroughly. This is material not for the casual reader of comics, but for the artisan or art critic who needs stimulation that runs beyond the visceral.
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"Quimby" offers many pleasures, though this is not as substantial as "Jimmy Corrigan" is (or as "Rusty Brown" promises to become). Much of the work in this volume was done by Ware as an undergraduate(!) at U of Texas. It's probably not the best intro to Ware (that would be Jimmy Corrigan, or a recent issue of Acme Novelty Library), but it is a very welcome volume for those already hooked on his brilliant comics and witty sidebars. Much of this material was published in early Acme Novelty issues, but there's enough new and redisigned material here to justify Ware fans buying this one, even if you (like me) have the earlier editions already.
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This book showcases works mainly published in the author's college newspaper, and as he points out with humor and apologies in tiny print, are mainly a request of his publisher after the success of "Jimmy Corrigan". The scenes in his comics are each different, each experimental in a way. And if you take the time (and I highly suggest you do) to read all the fine print scattered throughout the book, you will find that he drops the shield of humor and sarcasm in parts, to tell an autobiographical account of his life at the time he was creating the "Quimby" strips. After reading this, it is apparent that all of them carry a deep personal meaning for the author, and even without that knowledge - they would be fantastic. With it though, they are heartbreaking, thoughtful, and amusing - more often all three at the same time. Chris Ware has an amazing gift.
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Chris Ware demuestra como ningún otro autor, las posibilidades únicas del noveno arte en esta recopilación de comics del Ratón Quimby y su amigo Sparky. Un libro que no puede faltar en ninguna biblioteca de comics.
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I love his work, this is an outstanding piece of art. I will re-read this over and over again for many years to come and I am certain I will continually find new details in it. Beautiful.
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