The first thing that came to mind when lifting the first copy of Rusty Brown out of the shipping case upon its arrival is that this volume has the heft – and then some – and feel of the Frank King Walt & Skeezix collections, collecting the classic Gasoline Alley strips, that Mr. Ware has been long been assembling and designing for D & Q, grafted on to the design of the original Jimmy Corrigan hardcover. This 356 page, full color, horizontally formatted graphic omnibus by Chris Ware is set to provide a substantial reading experience to all who crack its covers. And, speaking of covers, Ware has once again designed a complex, diagrammatic, two-sided fold-out cover reminiscent of that which he created for Jimmy Corrigan.
Of the 351 pages of comics herein, the first 113 were executed between 2000 and 2003, more or less immediately following the conclusion of Jimmy Corrigan, and were then published in/as ACME Novelty Library 16 & 17. The middle section, pages 114 - 263, were created between 2002 and 2006 and published as ACME Novelty Library 19 & 20 (aka Lint). The final section, pages 264 - 351, were drawn and written between 2012 and 2018 and, with the exception of the first four pages, are previously unpublished.
And, we feel that it is only fair to warn you that this volume is but the first half of the Rusty Brown saga! It concludes with a double page "intermission." Given that this volume was started nearly twenty years ago, we will hazard to state that this intermission is unlikely to be a brief one.
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