Acme Novelty Library #18

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Drawn & Quarterly Publications, Dec 10, 2007 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 56 pages
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In keeping with his athletic goal of issuing a volume of his occasionally lauded ACME series once every new autumn, volume 18 finds cartoonist Chris Ware abandoning the engaging serialization of his "Rusty Brown" and instead focusing upon his ongoing and more experimentally grim narrative "Building Stories."
Collecting pages unseen except in obscure alternative weekly periodicals and sophisticated expensive coffee-table magazines, ACME Novelty Library #18 reintroduces the characters that New York Times readers found "dry" and "deeply depressing" when one chapter of the work (not included here) was presented in its pages during 2005 and 2006. Set in a Chicago apartment building more or less in the year 2000, the stories move from the straightforward to the mnemonically complex, invading characters' memories and personal ambitions with a text point size likely unreadable to human beings over the age of forty-five. Reformatted to accommodate this different material, readers will be pleased by the volume's vertical shape and tasteful design, which, unlike Ware's earlier volumes, should discreetly blend into any stack or shelf of real books.

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User Review  - Joe - Goodreads

Ware guides us through the life of Jordan/Jason Lint from birth to death in this Acme installment. Jordan is a complete douche - like many selfish humans. The plot isn't so vital to the reading ... Read full review

Review: The Acme Novelty Library #20 (The Acme Novelty Library #20)

User Review  - Amy - Goodreads

This comics might be a work of art, but if it is it comes with a sacrifice of readability. If you manage to get past the presentation there is a great story to be had. The thing I loved about this ... Read full review

About the author (2007)

Chris Ware is the author of Jimmy Corrigan-the Smartest Kid on Earth, which received the Guardian First Book Award and was featured in the Whitney Biennial. A regular contributor to The New Yorker and the first cartoonist to be serialized weekly in The New York Times Magazine, he is the editor of the thirteenth issue of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern and the Gasoline Alley archival series Walt & Skeezix. Ware was born in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1967 and currently lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Marnie, and their daughter, Clara.

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