Quimby the Mouse by Chris Ware
(Acme Novelty Library)

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A one-mouse theater of the absurd. Quimby the Mouse is the second book from Chris Ware; his first book, Jimmy Corrigan (Pantheon, 2000), has been widely acclaimed as one of the medium's finest graphic novels in history and is currently in a fourth hardcover printing.

Cleverly appropriated old-fashioned animation imagery and advertising styles of the 1920s and 1930s are put to use in Quimby at the service of modern vignettes of angst and existentialism. As this cartoon silhouette of a mouse ignominiously suffers at every turn, the spaces between the panels create despair and a Beckett-like rhythm of hope deceived and deferred (but never quite extinguished), buoying Quimby from page to page.

Like Ware's first book, Quimby is saturated with Ware's genius, including consistently amazing graphics, insanely perfectionist production values, cut-out-and-assemble paper projects, and the formal complexity of his narratives that have earned him the reputation as one of the most prodigious artists of his generation.


About Chris Ware

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Daniel Clowes, a multi-Harvey, Eisner and Ignatz Award-winner, is a Chicago native living in Oakland, CA, with his wife Erika. His many books include "David Boring, Ghost World, Wilson, Ice Haven, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Caricature", and 2011's "Mister Wonderful".
Published July 1, 2003 by Fantagraphics Books. 56 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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All of the work is packaged impeccably—Ware's beautiful gold foil stamped cover alone is worth the book's price, while his running joke that the book is, in fact, a discarded library book is funny and touching, underscoring comics' ephemeral quality.

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Cartoonist Chris Ware achieved mainstream respectability two years ago with his century-spanning, harshly poignant graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth, which translated Ware's feelings of alienation as a man who grew up fatherless into a great leap forward for the comics medium.

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The first thing that strikes you about the hardback of Chris Ware's collected ephemera Quimby The Mouse is what a sizeable (349mm by 280mm) and beautiful ("68 digitally-restored tabloid comic book pages";

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