Acme Novelty Datebook: 1995 - 1999 v. 2Hardback
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- Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly
- Format: Hardback | 208 pages
- Dimensions: 173mm x 236mm x 33mm | 680g
- Publication date: 10 December 2007
- Publication City/Country: Montreal
- ISBN 10: 1897299184
- ISBN 13: 9781897299180
- Illustrations note: col
- Sales rank: 83,047
Straggling behind the mild 2003 success of cartoonist Chris Ware's first facsimile collection of his miscellaneous sketches, notes, and adolescent fantasies arrives this second volume, updating weary readers with Ware's cliched and outmoded insights from the late twentieth century.Working directly in pen and ink, watercolor, and white-out whenever he makes a mistake, Ware has cannily edited out all legally sensitive and personally incriminating material from his private journals, carefully recomposing each page to simulate the appearance of an ordered mind and established aesthetic directive. All phone numbers, references to ex-girlfriends, "false starts," and embarrassing experiments with unfamiliar drawing media have been generously excised to present the reader with the most pleasant and colorful sketchbook reading experience available. Included are Ware's frustrated doodles for his book covers, angry personal assaults on friends, half-finished comic strips, and lengthy and tiresome fulminations of personal disappointments both social and sexual, as well as his now-beloved drawings of the generally miserable inhabitants of the city of Chicago. All in all, a necessary volume for fans of fine art, water-based media, and personal diatribe. This hardcover is attractively designed and easy to resell.
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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.
By boris ruckels 17 Mar 2010
I was slightly skeptical about the contents of this book prior to its arrival. Sketches and Diary Pages is a title that could lead one to believe that these are Mr Wares seconds, or after thoughts, and that this book may contain a bunch of shopping and to-do lists.
Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised on opening this book that it is, indeed, full of gems and thought provoking sketches and doodles. And it's inspiring.
This book is proof that this man has talent and that the simplest of illustrations created by Mr Ware are born of a keen eye and practiced hand. His art is meticulously planned and executed, hence it is refreshing to see it in its raw form, with all his hangups and negativity documented along the way. This is the manual to his beautifully depressive work that keeps me awake at night.