Rusty Brown HC

Product Number: 9780375424328

$35.00



Writer: Chris Ware

Artist: Chris Ware

Publisher: Pantheon Books

A major graphic novel event more than 16 years in progress: part one of the ongoing bifurcated masterwork from the brilliant and beloved author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth and Building Stories.

Rusty Brown is a fully interactive, full-color articulation of the time-space interrelationships of three complete consciousnesses in the first half of a single midwestern American day and the tiny piece of human grit about which they involuntarily orbit. A sprawling, special snowflake accumulation of the biggest themes and the smallest moments of life, Rusty Brown literately and literally aims at nothing less than the coalescence of one half of all of existence into a single museum-quality picture story, expertly arranged to present the most convincingly ineffable and empathetic illusion of experience for both life-curious readers and traditional fans of standard reality. From childhood to old age, no frozen plotline is left unthawed in the entangled stories of a child who awakens without superpowers, a teen who matures into a paternal despot, a father who stores his emotional regrets on the surface of Mars and a late-middle-aged woman who seeks the love of only one other person on planet Earth.

"Nearly two decades in the making, Ware's latest book, Rusty Brown . . . is shaping up to be Ware's epic, a kind of comic-book Ulysses full of unreliable narrators and occasional forays into stream of consciousness. Take that, Stan Lee." --Esquire

"Remarkable . . . Masterfully illustrated, brilliantly designed, and bursting with compassion . . . This is without a doubt one of the most exciting releases of the year."-- Library Journal (starred Editor's Pick)

"Chris Ware's new work, Rusty Brown is being hailed as a graphic novel "event"--and rightfully so. This meticulously crafted, 18-years-in-the-making story tackles grand themes and everyday mundanity against the backdrop of an Omaha parochial school in the 1970s." --Chicago Tribune

"Ware is well known for his expansive, introspective, depth-plumbing works of graphic fiction, and his latest, featuring a series of interconnected, decade-spanning narratives spiraling outward from an Omaha school, is no different . . . There are only brief moments of warmth and affection, but the wider picture, depicting a complex matrix of aching loneliness; long-simmering, acidic resentment; and a desperation for human connection and fulfillment, is rich with pathos and powerfully stirring." --Booklist (starred)

"Ware delivers an astounding graphic novel about nothing less than the nature of life and time as it charts the intersecting lives of characters that revolve around an Omaha, Neb., parochial school in the 1970s . . . Ware again displays his virtuosic ability to locate the extraordinary within the ordinary, elevating seemingly normal lives into something profound, unforgettable, and true." --Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Ware fans rejoice . . . Curious and compelling . . . As with Ware's other works of graphic art, the narrative arc wobbles into backstory and tangent: Each page is a bustle of small and large frames, sometimes telling several stories at once in the way that things buzz around us all the time, demanding notice . . . a beguiling masterwork of visual storytelling from the George Herriman of his time." --Kirkus Reviews (starred)


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FPNYC's London Lester on Rusty Brown by Chris Ware, 25th Sep 2019

Reviewer: London Lester

Eighteen years in the making, part one of Chris Ware’s true opus arrives at Forbidden Planet

In the pressline for Rusty Brown, one can find the graphic novel described as “a
fully interactive, full-color articulation of the time-space interrelationships of three
complete consciousnesses in the first half of a single midwestern American day
and the tiny piece of human grit about which they involuntarily orbit...[it] literally
aims at nothing less than the coalescence of one half of all of existence into a
single museum-quality picture story, expertly arranged to present the most
convincingly ineffable and empathetic illusion of experience for both life-curious
readers and traditional fans of standard reality.”

...comics are freaking crazy.
If your brain caught on fire reading that, don’t worry, Chris Ware is never a simple
subject to tackle. Whether in conversation or on paper, prospective readers tend to
wince when explanations of his work arise. Where to start? Why should I start? What
am I even starting? The words pretentious and “Joycean” then get casually thrown
around, only making things more confusing until most comic readers have fled in
terrified boredom. The few brave enough to stay, suddenly find themselves faced with a
bibliography containing only four books and yet somehow stuffed to the brim with over
three decades of comics to sift through. This makes the arrival of Rusty Brown the
perfect jumping off point for any readers new to the graphic novels of Chris Ware.

Rusty Brown started in the early 90’s as a gag advertisement series for Ware’s
comic book series, The Acme Novelty Library. It featured two, adult toy collectors
named Rusty Brown and Chalky White and the ad space was for their G.I. Jim Action
Club. In each mini strip, Rusty would somehow swindle the gullible Chalky out of a
valuable collectible with a satirical mail order slip located below. Readers slowly are
given privy to the grimmer details of Rusty and Chalk

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