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The Acme Novelty Datebook, Vol. 1, 1986-1995 (The Acme Novelty Library)

4.16  ·  Rating Details ·  464 Ratings  ·  19 Reviews
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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Jay
Mar 23, 2007 Jay rated it liked it
Recommends it for: People who like pretty drawings
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.
Christopher Howard
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I can relate with Ware's early anxiety over finding original ideas. The sexual stuff, I can't really relate with. I guess I never had a need for that in comics. It's Crumb influenced, yes? I was charmed by the introduction of Jimmy Corrigan.
Powells.com
Dec 08, 2008 Powells.com rated it it was amazing
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.
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Manintheboat
Apr 12, 2014 Manintheboat rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2014
My... that's an uncomfortable amount of masturbation. Literally.
Panoramaisland
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
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Apr 08, 2013 i! added it
Shelves: comics-and-comix
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
jack
Jan 11, 2008 jack rated it it was amazing
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.
Joshua
Apr 08, 2013 Joshua rated it it was amazing
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!
Dave
Aug 19, 2007 Dave rated it it was amazing
A peek into the early sketch books of Mr. Ware.

Watch the development of some of his characters.

Sit, uncomfortably, on Ware's ottoman of the mind. All the while, leafing through collections of Victorian adverts and rag time sheet music.

Liam
Jun 18, 2016 Liam rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
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.
Michael Stevens
Mar 12, 2015 Michael Stevens rated it did not like it
no.
Dave
Jul 15, 2008 Dave rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Chris Ware fans
Definitely for Chris Ware fans. Interesting glimpses into how he works, and how many great characters have developed. Glad I read it, but equally glad I checked it out of the library.
Kim
Aug 11, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, english
A different Ware. Must read for anyone interested in Ware's work.
Clay Doran
Mar 31, 2015 Clay Doran rated it really liked it
chris ware's early sketchbooks. interesting look into a super productive and ingenious creator.
Heinz Gitanes
Mar 05, 2010 Heinz Gitanes rated it it was amazing
Nice.
Dave
Nov 07, 2015 Dave rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
Whoa.
SL
Apr 06, 2016 SL rated it really liked it
A fascinating glimpse into the soul of a truly tortured artist.
Tom Gaetjens
Dec 13, 2016 Tom Gaetjens rated it did not like it
A sketchbook/journal that provides little in the way of transcendence. There's no moral to this story, just a cripplingly self-aware, sex-obsessed, young artist.
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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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