The ACME Novelty Library #19
By Chris Ware
Greenfield Open Stacks 741.5973 W22a19
The 19th installment of Chris Ware’s ACME Novelty Library continues his ongoing comic Rusty Brown, focusing on Rusty’s father William this time around. Ware shows us a glimpse into William’s past as a newspaper clerk in 1950’s Omaha as he deals with an awkward love affair. This in turn runs parallel with a science fiction story set on Mars. While the comparison may be jarring, Ware is a skilled enough storyteller to highlight the similarities and differences between the stories, and to have it all point to a man filled with regret in the middle of his life. Ware mixes comedy and pathos in this story, and as always it stands on the cusp of tragedy, but the smooth and cartooned style helps to the soften the blow.
Rusty Brown continues in The ACME Novelty Library #20, which focuses on Rusty’s childhood bully, Jordan Lint (Greenfield Open Stacks 741.5973 W22a20).
You can also find these additional works by Chris Ware in the Greenfield collection:
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Greenfield Open Stacks 741.5 W22jc
The ACME Novelty Library Collection
Greenfield Special Collections A 741.5973 W22a