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Despair and Hope in Chris Ware's 'Rusty Brown'

Chris Ware's parallel storytelling, his ability to jump time periods, and his meticulous attention to detail create an immersive world in Pantheon Graphic Library's compilation, Rusty Brown.

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The Conscious Materiality of Chris Ware's Building Stories

If the digital ereader has made anything clear, it's that the physicality of the book is, for most practical purposes, incidental, an accident of time and place. Building Stories, by contrast, is deliberately material in a way that most books are not.

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Walt and Skeezix: Book Five 1929-1930

The humor and emotion Frank King wrings out of a few lines is staggering. To reread a strip and only look at Walt’s face is to see the character come to life.

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The Acme Novelty Library no. 18

If Ware's skill as an artist is to find the never-ending manifestations of sorrow and melancholy, his failure as a writer is to find meaning or resolution within them.

Brian Bethel
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The Best American Comics 2007

More than any other comics anthology compiled thus far, The Best American Comics 2007 feels like a genuine effort to craft a truly comprehensive picture of comics as they are today, with a gentle nudging towards the various directions they could possibly go.

Brian Bethel

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