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ISBN: 1897299176
Author: Chris Ware
Language: English
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly; 1st edition (December 10, 2007)
Pages: 56
Category: Graphic Novels
Subcategory: Comics
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 560
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In Acme Novelty Library, Number 18, Ware picks up a new narrative, one of a one-legged young woman (never named) who works at a flower shop and spends all her days ruminating on whether her life still has any meaning.

In Acme Novelty Library, Number 18, Ware picks up a new narrative, one of a one-legged young woman (never named) who works at a flower shop and spends all her days ruminating on whether her life still has any meaning. In the course of the book, we learn about the humiliating critiques she suffered at art school, the glimpse of a hollow life she gets while acting as a house-sitter and nanny for a rich family, and the failure of the only serious romantic relationship in her life. Thus, what Ware captures in Number 18 is an intense feeling of intense loneliness, failure, and despair.

Acme Novelty Library has adopted numerous formats in the course of the series and, similarly, doesn't feature a continuous cast of characters. It has showcased early Ware comics, such as Quimby the Mouse from The Daily Texan, and more recent strips from New City, a Chicago weekly paper.

Acme Novelty Library (No. 18) by Ware, Chris.

Acme Novelty Library is a comic book series created by Chicago cartoonist Chris Ware. Its first issue appeared in 1993

Acme Novelty Library is a comic book series created by Chicago cartoonist Chris Ware. Its first issue appeared in 1993. Published from 1994 by Fantagraphics Books and later self-published, it is considered a significant work in alternative comics, selling over 20,000 copies per issue. Acme Novelty Library has adopted numerous formats in the course of the series and, similarly, doesn't feature a continuous cast of characters.

Ware's newest book, The Acme Novelty Library no. 18, which tells the story of a one-legged girl recalling her various failed relationships, likewise relishes in this irreconcilable depression but inadvertently exposes its inadequacies as a means in and of itself. Like all of Ware's work, Acme Novelty Library no. 18, part of his ongoing "Building Stories" series, is about missed opportunities, the regretful remembrance of things past, and the agony and loneliness of growing up to find that you have somehow failed to successfully mature.

Chris Ware It has showcased early Ware comics, such as Quimby the Mouse from The Daily Texan, and more.

Genre: Comedy, Drama. Acme Novelty Library has adopted numerous formats in the course of the series and, similarly, doesnt feature a continuous cast of characters. The Acme Novelty Library Chapter (Issue) List. The Acme Novelty Library 11/22/18. The Acme Novelty Library 11/22/18

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.

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Book Acme novelty library. N. 8 Ware, Chris, 1967-. Publication, Distribution, et. Chicago. ACME Novelty Library, (c)2007. Physical Description: 1 v. : ill. Title: Acme novelty library ; 18. Book's title: Acme novelty library. International Standard Book Number (ISBN): 9781897299173 (hc). Genre/Form: Graphic book.

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.

Comments:

Brightcaster
A must-read for Ware fans. It's a compelling narrative with the same quality artwork we've come to expect and is reasonably priced for such a beautifully-designed hardcover.

That said, it's a valid criticism that Ware treads too much familiar territory, here and in all his post-Jimmy Corrigan work. Yes, he experiments in this book, but it's in the style he had already carved out by 1995. We see Ware experimenting with different artistic styles in his notebooks, so why never in his comics? Ware's layouts, lettering and unconventional use of panels in this issue are interesting as always, but it's hard to say his style has evolved or grown in the almost fifteen years he's been doing Acme. Artistically, we've seen this all from Ware before.

Thankfully, Ware *is* evolving as a storyteller. Jimmy Corrigan, although inventive, was a bit too much about being Chris Ware, and it's nice that here, in issue #18, Ware is exploring the world of a female protagonist. Certain scenes, particularly the sex scenes, have never been portrayed with this level of damning honesty and accuracy in any other medium. Ever.

Some people decry Ware's perennial exploration of loneliness and depression. The great comic book writer Grant Morrison once said, "I love Chris Ware's work and consider him a formal genius, but... I sometimes feel like slapping him upside the head and telling him to stop moaning about everything. Sorry, but I live in one of the poorest cities in Europe, and when I see privileged Americans whining about how awful everything is in their sunlit world, I have to gag into my porridge. Kill yourself or get over it, buddy." It's hard to disagree, but perhaps we can appreciate Ware as the best and most determined artist exploring a certain type of American... not outcast, exactly, but people with lower social status or perceived value: the chubby girl, the cripple, the socially awkward guy, the uncool kids... People who are rarely represented in the media and who our American culture, which celebrates the beautiful and confident, looks down upon. Ware is their patron saint, of sorts, but presents them with flaws just like the rest of us.

I'd personally like to see Ware loosen up, artistically and thematically, but whatev. This issue is a powerful read.
Malak
I've always been a huge fan of Chris Ware, and this latest Acme installment doesn't disappoint. His themes don't often vary, but his richness of style makes up for his monotony of topic. He is also the only comic author and one of the few authors of any type that makes reading about stifling depression and loneliness anything but boring.
Scoreboard Bleeding
I'm a new fan of Ware's, having seen his work in a collection of fiction, "The book of other people" his work stood out amongst the lot.
The thing I love most about his style is the intricacy within it. His drawings are some what scientific, piecing apart a thought or a scene layer by layer. I guess I love character development, so that is why I'm such a fan of his work.
The Acme Novelty Library is just a feast for the eyes, right down to the binding, which is textured and looks like something you'd find on your grandpa's bookshelf - you can tell that Ware has a passion for reading and for book design itself. As he said in a GQ article he wrote about Penguin Classic's 75 anniversary, "It seems to me a book design should be inevitable--a book demands its own shape just as an oak sprouts from an acorn and a pine from a cone. A book is a body in which a story lives and breathes, and, like a body, it has a spine"
The story within is heartbreaking, it chronicles the inner thoughts of a 29 year old disabled girl who lives by herself, and doesn't seem to have any friends to speak of. The opening panel, detailing her thoughts of suicides, and the thoughts connected with such an action (who will find her? her parents? her landlady?) really sets the mood
The female protaganist continues to bring the reader into her thoughts, mainly expressing her lonliness and her feelings of not really belonging anywhere.

If you are after a fairytail ending, you won't get it here, but you will encounter an honest portrayal of a lonely woman, drawn magnificently, and with real heart, which is really better than any fairtail could ever be.
Tansino
This is a beautifully rendered, deeply affecting work of art. I am not much of a comic reader, but once I started this one I could not put it down. And when I finished, I was crying. Readers of The New York Times Magazine will be familiar with the setting of the old building with feelings and the character of a woman with a prosthetic leg. The story here focuses on her: a lonely, alienated young woman's first experience with love and loss, depression and despair. Told this way, with sensitivity and empathy -- in Chris Ware's tight, tender little drawing style, like I said -- it moved me deeply. Very sad, yes. But beautiful.

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