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Since Acme Novelty Library made the transition from a “pamphlet” or “chapbook” format (issues 1-15) to an annual (mostly) hardcover book series, there has been less miscellaneous material and it has mostly served to serialize portions of two works which will eventually be published as full-length works a la Jimmy Corrigan: Rusty Brown and Building Stories.
Plots are not Chris Ware’s strong suit. His specialty is observing the entire life of a solitary loser or asshole in minute detail. Ware’s latest subject is Jordan Lint, a bully who flowers into an asshole. Not the kind of asshole people love. Not a Barney Stinson or a Dr. House. Jordan is just a no-account douche, who is otherwise perpetually confused about how to live.
Without exaggeration, this probably the best graphic novel I have ever read. Not for the story: Jordan is born into an upper mi
it was amazing
Yes, this one was spectacular. I don’t know anything about the Acme Library except I missed the preceding nineteen novels, but the life and death of Jordan Lint was beautifully designed. A truly pioneering way to tell a simple story, leagues ahead in the originality and wittiness stakes. Like a dream that becomes a nightmare, beaming life back at us in all its horrible inevitability. I read portions of this in The Book of Other People, so completing the piece a year later was a prolonged pleasur