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Quimby the Mouse: Collected Works (The Acme Novelty Library)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  1,246 ratings  ·  29 reviews
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 was the winner of the prestigious Guardian First Book Award for 2001. Cleverly appropriated old-fashioned animation imagery and advertising styles of the 1920s and 1930s are put to use in ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published August 17th 2003 by Fantagraphics (first published July 1st 2003)
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Dense, detailed, heartbreaking on every damn page. This graphic novel/compilation takes a lot of patience, pretty good eyesight and a great propensity for teeny tiny boxes full of emotional plot development.

Ware is single-handedly pushing American comic book storytelling to some other plane of existence. Some strips have no characters, just narration. Other strips have no narration, just images. And everything is infused with the past - family memories, faulty recall, alter egos that may have n
Mar 18, 2008 Madeline rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those with dark senses of humor and an understanding of erratic connections
Shelves: graphic-novels
other than jimmy corrigan this is the easiest five stars i've ever given.

you'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll feel like committing suicide over a mouse cartoon, etc.

there's simply no question. chris ware is a GENIUS. i won't even put an exclamation point. that is too important for an exclamation point.
Meghan Wilson
Feb 06, 2008 Meghan Wilson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone with a little...or a lot of patience
Shelves: comics, top-5
If I had to pick only one Chris Ware book one book to take with me on a desert island...well I might just pick none cause it would amplify my feelings of loneliness, but metaphorically, if I could only read just one I would pick Quimby Mouse. I am shocked at every turn how he can illustrate such complex emotion and situations with a little stick figure mouse. Mostly, the story about his grandmother and the little piece of aluminum foil in the toaster, and the very last story which has no words a ...more
Move over Mickey, Jerry, and Speedy.. Quimby has arrived. Another absolutely hilarious book by Ware ... does he do anything that's not?

I actually have an extra copy of this book, so if you're really nice (and beer bribes never hurt) I'll give you the extra. I'm just holding onto it to find a home I deem worthy, that would appreciate such a masterpiece. Oh, okay.. for a good beer I'd probably give it to anyone, but, still, it's a masterpiece.
God, this is a hassle to read. All that turning and squinting and trying to keep the thing on your lap. Thankfully, this volume collects Ware's most innovative and exciting work and it is immediately clear that no matter how much labor goes into reading it, a lot more was put into making it.
Its visual aesthetic is brilliant, but the content is pretty hit-or-miss.
Feb 04, 2008 Sean is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
This has been put on hold until I can get a magnifying glass.
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as you can see, the library had more than just one chris ware book - i found this one on a different floor to the graphic novels in amongst the books on illustration (i found 'in the shadow of no towers' by Spiegelman up there once too), so i got it as well.

so now, if you have already read the review of 'the acme novelty library' i just did, then you'll be asking yourself, "hang on, i thought he found ware a little bit too depressing.
David Schaafsma
I have read this in bits and pieces over the last few years, but now took the time to read through this hardcover collection of Ware's college daze comix, which bear the unmistakable precision, OCD, sweet and sad thoughtfulness, sadness, and whimsy of much of Ware's work. Often very hard to read because the words or pics are so tiny, but if you slow down, take your time, you will feel the nostalgia for the twenties and thirties comics and advertising he calls forth… and his love for his grandmot ...more
Bizzare, repetative (but not in a bad way) and often surreal, this book features little to no narrative and instead focuses on vignettes of the titular character Quimby. While the narrative style is very different from Jimmy Corrigan the visual and artistic style is classic Chris Ware, most times simplistic but at other points very complex. Besides the comics and vignettes there are also joke newspaper ads, letters, and few personal essays that vaguely tie in with the visuals. For me these essay ...more
Havent read an absurd amount of his stuff, but it really speaks to my way of moving in a story, or the stories I enjoy. Little details extend and morph off of a fairly simple moment or an exploration of a space or plot or relationship. It is hard to describe, but the way chris ware pushes my visual literacy skills, and in the process my conception of narrative is really fulfilling and in an odd way emotionally gripping. I dunno. I think of things like Amelie, or Y Tu Mama Tambien or moments in c ...more
This comic strip is ingenious and worth savoring and revisiting like melancholy poetry. I appreciate the content which reflects a lot of adult angst about death, sex, and finding meaning. And then the design of each comic is so rich with frames blossoming from the center or narratives intersecting each other like crossword puzzles- absolutely fascinating. In one of the comics Ware draws the history of some of the background objects in the frame surrounding the subject.

In my exploration of graphi
Amazing. Some of Chris Ware's best work. Watch his modern take on "Krazy Kat" evolve before your eyes.
Michael Stevens
too too weird. liked the gasoline alley-type comic though.
Ware himself says early in the book that this is all "early work." And it certainly is. It's sort of rough, playful but a little undisciplined. It has some really heartfelt moments in it--apparently a loved one was dying at the time of writing--and these are certainly the best moments. But there's a lot of panels that just don't have much punch. Having said that, it's still a Chris Ware book, so you get lots of fantastic page designs, fake ads, and all of that stuff. So: good, but he's certainly ...more
Edmund Davis-Quinn
Very, very odd book.

Often the errata is more interesting then the comic strips themselves.

Insanely large format (wider then coffee table book), but still has incredibly small text.

Glad Chris Ware is still bizarre and different, glad his stuff his easier to read now.

For diehards only. Honestly skimmed a lot of it.

Need almost perfect eyesight for some of the print or a magnifying glass.

Just bizarre formatting.
Christopher Hong
Wildly detailed, visually inventive, and full of heart-wrenching pathos-- more than his widely acclaimed Jimmy Corrigan books, I found Quimby the mouse the most compelling outlet for Ware's extreme self-deprecation, loneliness, and precision.
captain america
chris ware is most known for his jimmy corrigan, the smartest kid on earth series but the quimby stories are what hooked me. i swear i've rarely felt as sad and moved by any prose as this comic collection...
Wes Young
Quite possibly the darkest, depressing comic strip series ever. This collection is laid out superbly, and there little question as to Ware's talent, but the work teeters a line between madcap and morose. I don't know, like if a clown committed suicide maybe...
Ware does it again. Simply put, I think he's the best graphic novelist out there, and one of the best creators on either side of the art & literature divide.

See my other reviews of his work for further gushing praise.
I wish he could bring himself to publish his stuff in softcover everything. And to be honest, he doesn't need the unique size/format to be creative. But damn, there is some great stuff in here.
I'm kindof over Chris Ware's stories, but the art, as usual is excellent and humbling to a fellow man of the pen.
it was sensory overload....too many squares, not enough time to look at them all
Did I mention that Chris Ware is a genius?
quimby rules you.

that is all
Take my cat head—please.
Terribly sad and intense.
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CHRIS WARE is widely acknowledged as the most gifted and beloved cartoonist of his generation by both his mother and seven-year-old daughter. His Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth won the Guardian First Book Award and was listed as one of the 100 Best Books of the Decade by the London Times in 2009. An irregular contributor to This American Life and The New Yorker (where some of the pages ...more
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