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12/1 – If Only…

Acme Novelty Library came out more than once a year…

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But would it be quite as good? I can see Ware actually needing that much time to make something so perfectly crafted.

But yeah, perfect world, it would be out dang ol’ weekly.

It’s the only comic being published today that completely deserves, nay, demands being bought in “issue” form and in its collected editions. Am I the only one that wants to give Chris Ware a hug though? Tell him that it’s all okay?

Man oh man. This is my favorite comic right now, and I can’t stand the glacial pace of publication!!! Ware should get some assistants and pump that thing out quarterly!! Shut up, haters!!

Speaking as someone who’s favorite comic is Tales of the Beanworld I’m finding it hard to muster much sympathy.

MarkAndrew – Yeah, well. My favorite comic is Big Numbers.

(Note: It really isn’t)

Any more frequently and there’d be an antidepressant shortage.

Jimmy Corrigan was the most depressing comic I’ve ever read, and it gave me eyestrain. Do I want to read more Ware?

Tom Fitzpatrick

December 1, 2008 at 9:19 pm

“MarkAndrew – Yeah, well. My favorite comic is Big Numbers.”

Well~!!!
It’s mine!!
So there!

On the other hand, it makes the best gift for the holidays. Besides, if it came out quarterly, I’d be broke.

Jimmy Corrigan was the most depressing comic I’ve ever read, and it gave me eyestrain. Do I want to read more Ware?

Yeah I’m feeling kind of the same. Is Acme Novelty Library just a relentless barrage of misery or does it liven up at times?

Ware’s work on Jimmy Corrigan has one particularly interesting quality to it; I feel the work succeeds more the less I enjoy it. It seeks to evoke a relentless downcast tone and focuses on life’s struggles and disappointments. Jimmy Corrigan wonderfully depicts malaise and draws out doubt and discomfit in the reader. However, the better it makes me empathize with the characters’ misery, the more I don’t want to read it! I think if it were more palatable, it would be a lesser work. It’s truly unique in my experience as a reader.

However, the better it makes me empathize with the characters’ misery, the more I don’t want to read it! I think if it were more palatable, it would be a lesser work. It’s truly unique in my experience as a reader.

I agree with all of that, but is the other ACN stuff that miserable

Quimby the Mouse touches on similar subjects, but it has a little more levity. It is very good and goes down a little smoother. ACN #18, focusing on a girl’s emotional difficulties in getting through daily life (she happens to be an amputee), was not any easier. I would put the new volume in the ‘try before you buy’ category.

Okay – I think I might try Quimby some time.

And I have no idea where the initials ‘ACN’ came from. I mean’t ‘ANL’

Oh, yeah. Well, at least I know where I got them!

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