Acme Novelty Datebook Volume 2

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Straggling behind the mild 2003 success of cartoonist Chris Ware's first facsimile collection of his miscellaneous sketches, notes, and adolescent fantasies arrives.

Acme Novelty Datebook Volume 2

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This second volume, updating weary readers with Ware's cliched and outmoded insights from the late twentieth century.

Working directly in pen and ink, watercolor, and white-out whenever he makes a mistake, Ware has cannily edited out all legally sensitive and personally incriminating material from his private journals, carefully recomposing each page to simulate the appearance of an ordered mind and established aesthetic directive. All phone numbers, references to ex-girlfriends, 'false starts,' and embarrassing experiments with unfamiliar drawing media have been generously excised to present the reader with the most pleasant and colorful sketchbook reading experience available. Included are Ware's frustrated doodles for his book covers, angry personal assaults on friends, half-finished comic strips, and lengthy and tiresome fulminations of personal disappointments both social and sexual, as well as his now-beloved drawings of the generally miserable inhabitants of the city of Chicago.

All in all, a necessary volume for fans of fine art, water-based media, and personal diatribe.

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Author Chris Ware
Publisher Drawn & Quarterly
Page Count 208pp
Publication Size 6.75 x 9.25
Publication Notes Hardcover, Color
Publication Date December 12, 2007
ISBN 978-1897299180

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