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Acme Novelty Library 17: Scenes of Early Childhood (Anglais) Relié – 19 juillet 2009

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  • Relié: 96 pages
  • Editeur : Drawn and Quarterly (19 juillet 2009)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1897299028
  • ISBN-13: 978-1897299029
  • Dimensions du produit: 23,8 x 1,3 x 18,4 cm
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Par anonyme le 2 novembre 2012
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I have been a Chris Ware addict since Jimmy Corrigan, so my opinion is obviously biaised. I am NOT bipolar nor depressed, I don't feel at all like committing suicide, I enjoy life in general and yet, despite the above mentionned flaws inherent to my inner optimism, I really enjoyed this Scenes of Early Childhood, however sad they might be, however sad they make you feel after closing the last page. But hey, at school, I was the last one to be picked when a football team had to be set up in the playground, so I understand the feeling in this book... Just don't let it bring you down, though.
PS: What makes me really feel like having a nervous breakdown is the excrutiatingly high price this book is sold at :-(
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Disappointed long-time fan! 25 février 2007
Par Sandi Tan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Chris Ware says this in the small print himself -- this volume is not as good as previous volumes. And I realize now he wasn't being his usual, excessively self-deprecating self on this point. It is TRUE. This volume is thin on plot -- and even sort of tinny in tone. Mr Ware must have been stretching himself thin at the time of its creation -- he was doing live engagements and all those decidedly unfunny panels for the Sunday New York Times magazine's "Funny Pages."

I should have considered myself warned by his fine print. But I thought he was being funny.
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Prepare to be Depressed 30 juillet 2007
Par E. David Swan - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Chris Ware's works have been described as `unbearably obtuse', `psychologically abusive', `bleak' and `depressing'. And these are just the descriptions offered by Mr. Ware himself. Wikipedia says, "The defining characteristics of Ware's work include a pervasive sadness and nihilism, tales of disappointment, thwarted affection, and the dehumanization of the individual in a modern and mechanized world."

So get ready for a good ole' time....

Maybe not.

Chris Ware is a very interesting artist. His visuals have an extraordinarily clean/meticulous look with extensive use of primary shapes particularly circles, simple flat colors without shading and thick black bordering. They look like they came straight from a graphics design class. The light, whimsical visual contrast dramatically with Mr. Ware crushingly depressive writing. His stories tend to focus on pathologically introverted figures and main characters who tend to be chunky misfits and loners with little to no friends. The art teacher obsesses on the appearances of his young students and spends class time trying to sneak peeks at the girl's panties. After school he smokes pot in the back of his student's car. And the teachers name? Mr. Ware.

As strange as it may sound my biggest issue with Chris Ware is his tendency to print his books in odd physical dimensions. When I purchased `Quimby the Mouse' I was surprised to find that it was an unwieldy 14 by 11 which made it difficult to store. This may seem trivial but I now check the dimensions of anything I purchase by Mr. Ware. The book I'm reviewing is a much more compact 9 by 7. Another issue I have is his tendency to use absurdly small fonts. I have very good vision and I've never worn glasses or contacts but sometimes I flat out can't read the text. You really have to see it (or not see it?) to know what I'm talking about. My last beef is that his work often goes beyond bleak into the realm of sterile. His art is SO meticulous and precise that it can sometimes lose its humanity as if it were drawn by a robot. The characters tend to resemble each other in manner and appearance with Rusty Brown and Chalky White being practically interchangeable.

This particular edition focuses on Rusty Brown, a young boy in primary school who imagines himself with super powers rescuing the Supergirl doll he carries around. The only semi friend he has is Chalky White who is equally unaccepted by his peers. Since the events are part of an ongoing series there is no beginning or end to the story and nothing triumphant or uplifting occurs. Regardless of the quality of his works it's unlikely that Chris Ware will ever have mass appeal because he is so unconventional. I enjoyed the book but I'm generally one of those people who enjoys comics and movies that are out of the mainstream. On the other hand I love a good Superman story too. I recommend the Acme collection but I can understand where Mr. Ware's critics are coming from.
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#17 31 mars 2007
Par Michael Golan - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I much admire C.W. work. The book is flawlessly designed. The amount of details is amazing (don't forget to check the barcode sticker with the "warning" on the back cover...
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good, not great 8 juin 2007
Par holly moors - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
Ware's Jimmy Corrigan was great, and some Acme editions are great as well, but this one is just a bit too predictable. Drawings still great, color too, but more crazy little details is what i miss in this one.
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drafting for drafting's sake. 27 juin 2007
Par Sean P. Aaberg - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
Chris Ware is a fantastic draftsman. He does not create good comics however. His comics are depressing & lifeless. This might be his point, but if this is what "grown up" comics are about, we'd be better off keeping comics for kids, full of optimism & dynamism.
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