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Rusty Brown

by Ware, Chris, 1967-

Format: Print Book 2019
Availability: Available at 2 Libraries 2 of 13 copies
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Braddock Carnegie Library Fiction GN WAR
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Upper St. Clair Township Library Graphic Books GRAPHIC WARE Chris
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Call Number  GRAPHIC WARE Chris
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A major graphic novel event more than 18 years in progress: part one of the ongoing bifurcated masterwork from the brilliant and beloved author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth and Building Stories.

Rusty Brown is a fully interactive, full-color articulation of the time-space interrelationships of three complete consciousnesses in the first half of a single midwestern American day and the tiny piece of human grit about which they involuntarily orbit. A sprawling, special snowflake accumulation of the biggest themes and the smallest moments of life, Rusty Brown literately and literally aims at nothing less than the coalescence of one half of all of existence into a single museum-quality picture story, expertly arranged to present the most convincingly ineffable and empathetic illusion of experience for both life-curious readers and traditional fans of standard reality. From childhood to old age, no frozen plotline is left unthawed in the entangled stories of a child who awakens without superpowers, a teen who matures into a paternal despot, a father who stores his emotional regrets on the surface of Mars and a late-middle-aged woman who seeks the love of only one other person on planet Earth.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Ware is well known for his expansive, introspective, depth-plumbing works of graphic fiction, and his latest, featuring a series of interconnected, decade-spanning narratives spiraling outward from an Omaha school, is no different. The three stories included here (the first in a projected two-volume set) vary subtly in visual style: The first, of frustrated, unfulfilled Mr. Brown, who's fixated on a brief glimmer of creative success, is told in tidy blocks that flit between his early career, his present, and the sf short story he wrote in the bitter wake of a heartbreak. The second, focused on the life of privileged, cruel Jason Lint, is looser, with jarring words and images overlapping and looping back to reveal a troubled childhood, an all-too-brief period of growth, and an almost inevitable decline into heartlessness and isolation. The final story has a more straightforward style, but the narrative is the most resonant: Joanne Cole, the only Black teacher at the school, loves teaching third grade and playing the banjo, but as Ware delves deeper into her background, he reveals heartbreaking truths. In his precise lines and shapes, Ware makes masterful work of both the architecturally exact spaces and the hunched shoulders, furrowed brows, and quivering chins of his deeply expressive characters. There are only brief moments of warmth and affection, but the wider picture, depicting a complex matrix of aching loneliness; long-simmering, acidic resentment; and a desperation for human connection and fulfillment, is rich with pathos and powerfully stirring.--Sarah Hunter Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Ware (Building Stories) delivers an astounding graphic novel about nothing less than the nature of life and time as it charts the intersecting lives of characters that revolve around an Omaha, Neb., parochial school in the 1970s. Third-grader Chalky White and his high schooler sister, Alice, are new students. Chalky finds his outcast status concretized when he tries to make friends with the bullied Rusty Brown and gets embroiled in recess humiliation. Alice attracts both friendly attention and leers, including from stoner Jordan Lint and (secretly) from her English teacher, Woody Brown (Rusty's father), and her art teacher, Chris Ware. The narrative then shifts to Woody, dropping into the world of a sci-fi story he publishes in a pulp magazine, about an astronaut who becomes unhinged on Mars, before revealing Woody's own youthful heartbreak. Next, the birth-to-death trajectory of toxic Jordan is intimately portrayed, including profound childhood loss, youthful rebellions, brief redemption, and restless middle age. Finally, Ware focuses on teacher Joanne Cole, a black woman who grows up in poverty, then stoically perseveres as an educator despite racism at the wealthy, predominantly white academy--and loves to play the banjo. Ware's dazzling geometric art--pointillism for Woody's eyesight sans glasses; close-ups of Joanne's face through the decades--has never been better. Through this winding narrative, resonant echoes are drawn between characters inside their loneliness, adversity, and frustrations (such as two different characters, decades apart, placing a flower in a bowl of water). Ware again displays his virtuosic ability to locate the extraordinary within the ordinary, elevating seemingly normal lives into something profound, unforgettable, and true. Agent: Nicole Aragi, Aragi. (Sept.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Junior high school students -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Dysfunctional families -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Omaha (Neb.) -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Coming-of-age comics.
Science fiction comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 19 x 25 cm
ISBN 9780375424328
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