ACME Novelty Library 18.5

The Acme Novelty Library Volume 18 1/2 (18.5)
(aka “The New Yorker” portfolio)
by Chris Ware

Chris sez:

This print portfolio, somewhat hedgingly entitled  The ACME Novelty Library, No. 18.5, contains all four “Thanksgiving” covers drawn by  cartoonist and cultural commentator F. C. Ware for the November 27th,  2006 issue of The New Yorker, as well as the additional fifth comic  strip which heretofore only appeared in digital form, all carefully  printed in full color at an oversized 15" x 20” size on heavy paper  and folded in half for easy recycling. As if this wasn’t dreary enough, included is a new supplementary folded comic strip, measuring  16” x 11,” which is also folded in half.  The consumer is asked to carefully weigh whether purchase of this object is truly necessary, and to act accordingly.

Portfolio, full color, 15 x 20 inches.
ISBN:  978-1-897299-42-5

retail price - $32.00
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ACME Novelty Datebook: Volume Two, 1995-1999

by Chris Ware

Chris also sez:

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 the last ten years of Ware's clichéd and outmoded insights.

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, 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. Hardcover, attractively designed, and easy to resell.

ISBN: 9781897299180

retail price - $39.95
price - $34.95

Also available:  Acme Novelty Datebook, Volume One

ACME 18now in stock!

ACME Novelty Library #18

by Chris Ware

another thing Chris sez:

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, The ACME Novelty Library #18 re-introduces the characters which 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 character's memories and personal ambitions with a text point size likely unreadable to human beings over the age of 45. 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.

ISBN: 9781897299173

retail price - $17.95
price - $15.95

And, finally -- The Chriz Ware Bonanza Super Special:
All three items -- Acme Novelty Library #18, #18.5 AND the Acme Novelty Datebook, Volume Two --
for one very special price.

retail price - $89.90
price - $69.95

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