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Ben Rosen
12-17-2005, 10:17 AM
This week, three books are coming out, and while I've only had the pleasure of reading one of them so far, I can almost guarentee they'll all be great.

Wimbledon Green
by Seth
$19.95

http://images.amazon.com/images/P/1896597939.01._AA240_SCLZZZZZZZ_.jpg


Meet Wimbledon Green, the self-proclaimed world’s greatest comic book collector who brokered the world’s best comic book deal in the history of collecting. Comic book retailers, auctioneers, and conventioneers from around North America, as well as Green’s collecting rivals, weigh in on the man and his vast collection of comic books. Are Green’s intentions honorable? Does he truly love comics or is he driven by the need to conquer? Lastly, is he really even Wimbledon Green?

Acme Novelty Library #16
By Chris Ware
$15.95

http://www.fantagraphics.com/artist/ware/acme16lrg.jpg

I have read this, and I must say, it's probably been the best comic released this year.


After four years of almost exclusively repackaging his sophomoric early work for the book trade, the children's entertainer and award-winning calligrapher F. C. Ware returns to his groundbreaking 1990s cartoon series "The ACME Novelty Library," a nearly decade-long publishing experiment which more or less singlehandedly demonstrated the redemptive power a fancy paper stock or a little gold foil might exert over an otherwise dull, dry visual narrative. Ware rejoins the proud, vital esthetic forum of the American comic book with his ongoing serial "Rusty Brown," a love story concerning the ambitions and mistakes of seven consciousnesses at a private school in Omaha, Nebraska, all revolving around a universally reviled child - and absolutely certain to be a favorite with readers of all tastes and biases. As told through the eyes of someone absentmindedly watching a television sitcom circa 1975, this first installment begins one January morning of that same year and describes everything of importance right up to and including the ring of the first period bell before eventually spiraling off into 1955, 2004, and toward the planet Mars, amongst other interesting and exotic time periods and locales. Though originally released by alternative comics vanguard Fantagraphics Books, this new sixteenth issue is the first to be entirely produced, printed and published by Mr. Ware alone; limited to a single press run, once it is sold out, pulped, and/or burned, neither of these narratives will be available again until "Rusty Brown" and "Building Stories" are eventually edited, collected and remaindered as hardcover books.

Mome Vol. 2
Written and Illustrated by Andrice Arp, Gabrielle Bell, Jonathan Bennett, Jeffrey Brown, Sophie Crumb, David Heatley, Paul Hornschemeier, Anders Nilsen, John Pham and Kurt Wolfgang. Designed by Jordan Crane. Edited by Gary Groth & Eric Reynolds.
$14.95

http://www.fantagraphics.com/anthol/mome2.jpg


This accessible, reasonably priced, quarterly anthology will run approximately 136 pages per volume and spotlight a regular cast of a dozen of today's most exciting cartoonists. Designed by acclaimed designer and cartoonist Jordan Crane (The Clouds Above), Mome will feature an iconic design and consistent format that should quickly establish the anthology as the most distinctive and accessible anthology of literary comics available. Mome is the first all-comics literary anthology designed to sit alongside publications like Granta, The Baffler, McSweeney's, et. al., and is designed to appeal as much to fans of contemporary literary fiction as longtime comics fans. Mome will feature the same collective of artists every issue, allowing the artists and audience to grow together and build an ongoing identity that is highly unusual for the world of contemporary comics (where many authors publish sporadically by literary standards, given the labor intensive nature of comics).

So even if you're not really into "indie" comics, any of these would be a great introduction, and well worth your time and money trying out.

The Human Target
12-17-2005, 10:22 AM
Heh. They reviewed the Ware book on Attack of the Show as a Christmas gift and said you should buy it for someone who takes really long shits because they're the only ones that are gonna actually read all the tiny text.

Vonn Hennigar
12-17-2005, 10:22 AM
I hate to be a typical superhero fanboy Marvel/DC whore. But who am i kidding that's who i am and in turn i have zero interest in all of these books. Wait zero interest? make that sub-zero interest.

RODGER
12-17-2005, 10:23 AM
I hate to be a typical superhero fanboy Marvel/DC whore. But who am i kidding that's who i am and in turn i have zero interest in all of these books. Wait zero interest? make that sub-zero interest.


i've looked at that Acme Novelty Library...and i just don't see why people like this book....

i do want to get that "king" book

Randomus
12-17-2005, 10:25 AM
A saw a spot about Wimbledon Greene on the television a while back. It looked really cool.

andrew french
12-17-2005, 10:26 AM
Acme Novelty 16 and Mome 2 will be mine. I'll have to drive 20 minutes to get them, but they'll be mine.

Ben Rosen
12-17-2005, 10:30 AM
Acme Novelty 16 and Mome 2 will be mine. I'll have to drive 20 minutes to get them, but they'll be mine.
it'll be worth it.

andrew french
12-17-2005, 10:32 AM
it'll be worth it.

i thought that Mome 2 had been out already, but simply sold out everywhere i go.

as for acme 16, it's been difficult waiting.

Ben Rosen
12-17-2005, 10:35 AM
i thought that Mome 2 had been out already, but simply sold out everywhere i go.

as for acme 16, it's been difficult waiting.
i'm just basing this on midtown's shipping list for this week, and sometimes they're late on stuff.

i really just wish acme had been longer. it was a really quick read, but it definitely lends itself to rereadings.

andrew french
12-17-2005, 10:36 AM
i'm just basing this on midtown's shipping list for this week, and sometimes they're late on stuff.

i really just wish acme had been longer. it was a really quick read, but it definitely lends itself to rereadings.

good to know. Is there anything included outside of Rusty Brown, or is it the beginning of the long-term Rusty Brown story?

Ben Rosen
12-17-2005, 10:37 AM
good to know. Is there anything included outside of Rusty Brown, or is it the beginning of the long-term Rusty Brown story?
It is the beginning of the long term Rusty story, but there are four or so really great Building Stories at the end that haven't been in the Times yet.

andrew french
12-17-2005, 10:45 AM
It is the beginning of the long term Rusty story, but there are four or so really great Building Stories at the end that haven't been in the Times yet.

this....sounds amazing.

i know it's really early, but do you know when 17 comes out? or rather, what kind of shipping schedules these follow?

Ben Rosen
12-17-2005, 10:48 AM
this....sounds amazing.

i know it's really early, but do you know when 17 comes out? or rather, what kind of shipping schedules these follow?
i believe it's yearly, unfortunately. that's what i seem to remember reading when the plan to release rusty in installments was announced.

andrew french
12-17-2005, 10:49 AM
i believe it's yearly, unfortunately. that's what i seem to remember reading when the plan to release rusty in installments was announced.

i think this and Optic Nerve are my only current serialized comics....

this is tough.

Ben Rosen
12-17-2005, 10:51 AM
i think this and Optic Nerve are my only current serialized comics....

this is tough.
you're lucky you don't read palookaville. clyde fans won't be done for YEARS.

andrew french
12-17-2005, 10:56 AM
you're lucky you don't read palookaville. clyde fans won't be done for YEARS.

i was going to ask you about this, because i saw palookaville issues in chicago comic this past week.

i'm getting Clyde Fans vol 1 for christmas, so should i continue getting the released volumes (if there even are any others) or go for the single issues?

Ray G.
12-17-2005, 10:57 AM
Or, you could buy the little underdog comic that could, Infinite Crisis #3. :D

Ben Rosen
12-17-2005, 10:58 AM
i was going to ask you about this, because i saw palookaville issues in chicago comic this past week.

i'm getting Clyde Fans vol 1 for christmas, so should i continue getting the released volumes (if there even are any others) or go for the single issues?

get the big hardcover that colects parts 1 and 2 and catch up on the singles--should be 16-18 or so that make up part 3.

andrew french
12-17-2005, 10:59 AM
get the big hardcover that colects parts 1 and 2 and catch up on the singles--should be 16-18 or so that make up part 3.

i'll call the shop, and ask if they have it.

Ben Rosen
12-17-2005, 11:00 AM
Or, you could buy the little underdog comic that could, Infinite Crisis #3. :D

:frustrat:

twigglet
12-17-2005, 11:08 AM
None of them sound remotely interesting to me at all.

Ben Rosen
12-17-2005, 11:08 AM
None of them sound remotely interesting to me at all.
have you read any ware or seth before?

twigglet
12-17-2005, 11:11 AM
have you read any ware or seth before?

Nope.

THe whole description of the comics just sound to arty for me. I mean that bottom one sounds like the most boring comic I can think of. :lol:

I know it really annoys you when I say things like this, but mainstream comics just appeal more to me, I had never heard of any of these till you just mentioned them

Then again I couldn't even pick this up if I wanted to, no way would my comic shop get this in.

Ray G.
12-17-2005, 11:11 AM
:frustrat:

It needs the sales. Do you want it to drop under 200,000 copies? :mad:

Vonn Hennigar
12-17-2005, 11:14 AM
It needs the sales. Do you want it to drop under 200,000 copies? :mad:

I'm more worried about Ultimate Wolverine vs The Hulk # 1. It's quirky off the beaten track tales like this that need our support the most ;)

Michael John Wheeler
12-17-2005, 11:19 AM
Wimbleton Green has been out for a while. I've seen it in a bunch of bookstores.

I would love to get all three, and I will eventually, but after I get around to getting a job :?

andrew french
12-17-2005, 11:25 AM
i think i just got my old job back for a month, so there's a good possibility i'll go slightly insane and spend all my money on comics.

Ben Rosen
12-17-2005, 11:39 AM
Nope.

THe whole description of the comics just sound to arty for me. I mean that bottom one sounds like the most boring comic I can think of. :lol:

I know it really annoys you when I say things like this, but mainstream comics just appeal more to me, I had never heard of any of these till you just mentioned them

Then again I couldn't even pick this up if I wanted to, no way would my comic shop get this in.

what do you think makes these books arty? if you navigate through the drawn and quarterly site, there is a preview of wimbledon green that has vibrant watercolors and what looks to be a fast paced, fun story.

twigglet
12-17-2005, 11:48 AM
what do you think makes these books arty? if you navigate through the drawn and quarterly site, there is a preview of wimbledon green that has vibrant watercolors and what looks to be a fast paced, fun story.

Wimbledon Green is posstibly the only comic I might read out of these three.

The bottom description especially sounds to arty for my liking.

Ben Rosen
12-17-2005, 11:58 AM
Wimbledon Green is posstibly the only comic I might read out of these three.

The bottom description especially sounds to arty for my liking.
well, yeah, mome is an "art-comics" or "literary-comics" or "whatever-comics" anthology, so that's expected.

Ben Rosen
12-17-2005, 11:58 AM
OH! and raydawggie, i am not lying, supergirl plays a big role in acme 16. no joke.

Ray G.
12-17-2005, 12:00 PM
OH! and raydawggie, i am not lying, supergirl plays a big role in acme 16. no joke.

Damnit, I'm going to have to buy an indie comic now. :mad:

;)

Ben Rosen
12-17-2005, 12:01 PM
Damnit, I'm going to have to buy an indie comic now. :mad:

;)

seriously, buy it.

RODGER
12-17-2005, 12:03 PM
It needs the sales. Do you want it to drop under 200,000 copies? :mad:

lol

natalie
12-17-2005, 12:16 PM
i was going to ask you about this, because i saw palookaville issues in chicago comic this past week.

i'm getting Clyde Fans vol 1 for christmas, so should i continue getting the released volumes (if there even are any others) or go for the single issues?


I get the singles and the trades but I really love Seth.

I saw Wimbledon Green at B&N but I couldn't get it because I pre-ordered it.

I'm looking forward to Mome.

Wagon
12-17-2005, 01:06 PM
let me know how Wimbledon Green is, Natalie... that looks interesting.

I'll probably get Mome, too... I like antho books like that.

andrew french
12-17-2005, 01:09 PM
well, just to note, because i'm not going to find the christmas thread:

i got my optic nerve issues!

oh, oh, tonight will be so good. and drawn & quarterly sent me a bunch of other little things; post cards, book marks, a large fold out poster/catalogue.

i'll say it: i love them.

Jacob Lyon Goddard
12-17-2005, 02:00 PM
MOME?
has it been 3 months already?

Blake Sims
12-17-2005, 03:04 PM
MOME?
has it been 3 months already?
yes I cant wait

im not a big Seth fan but I might check it out
I cant fucking wait for Acme though

natalie
12-17-2005, 03:09 PM
let me know how Wimbledon Green is, Natalie... that looks interesting.

I'll probably get Mome, too... I like antho books like that.


I will.

And Mome is probably the best anthology right now.

Blake Sims
12-17-2005, 03:13 PM
And Mome is probably the best anthology right now.
yes