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The Acme Novelty Datebook, Vol. 1, 1986-1995 (The Acme Novelty Library)
by Chris Ware
Acclaimed cartoonist Chris Ware reveals the outtakes of his genius in these intimate, imaginative, and whimsical sketches collected from the years during which he completed his award-winning graphic novel Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (Pantheon). His novel not only won the Manchester Guardian First Novel prize in 2001 but it has sold over 100,000 copies. This b ...more
Hardcover, 208 pages
Published November 26th 2013 by Drawn and Quarterly
(first published August 15th 2003)
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The Datebook collects many of Chris Ware's sketchpads. Don't go thinking you'll get much out of it, except that Chris Ware is a master of mediums. My mom opened Datebook up to a random page once and saw a man's penis. She's no graphic connoisseur, but if she can get something out of this book, then maybe you can too.
Fans of the reclusive Chris Ware will rejoice at the visual wealth of information collected here. Datebook lays out the history of Ware's creative progression (ironically without dates) from the early days up to the design of the cover of Datebook itself. A personal sketchbook, it reveals the true talents of this acclaimed artist.
Recommended by Amy
Recommended by Amy
Jul 29, 2010 Panoramaisland rated it it was amazing
This admittedly has additional stars from me simply because I harbor an aching love for Franklin C. Ware, and paging through his sketchbooks feeds that aching love of mine by giving me a look into his creative process. Seeing both familiar and unfamiliar strips and characters in their gestational stages and watching Ware develop them in different directions, getting a looksee at his simple sketching practice, seeing him copy other cartoonists - Rube Goldberg, R. Crumb - and try out cartoon style ...more
Very interesting to see inside of Ware's mind (or at least what he allowed onto the private page), and especially to see the ideas that keep bouncing around and forming over years and years. There's definitely a wider emotional spectrum here than in the published work of his I've read, some of it (some warm, some laugh-out-loud funny) using characters that have become popular in his more sober, "dour" work. That too is interesting to see, both considering the characters used and in consideration ...more
chris ware is a genius. this is a collection of his sketchbooks throughout college and before he blew up big time. it's amazing that he can create achingly beautiful portrayals of mice jerking off or himself in the depths of despair and never come across as indulgent or pretentious. if i could draw like him i would be the happiest man alive.
It’s weird to look at so much beautiful art amongst self-defeating, overly critical notes scribbled by Ware where he seems to hate his work and consider himself a fraud. The lesson learned is, no matter how skilled one becomes as an artist, they will probably still be plagued by crippling self-doubt until death. Haha!
Read only if you are a big fan of Chris Ware and are interested in his creative process. Barely any of this is representative of the aesthetic of his stongest works, but it does show how he develops his ideas. Reassuring and instructive for aspiring writers or artists.
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 ...moreMore about Chris Ware...
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