Whoops, I'm falling behind on my posting schedule. I'll try to do a weekly preview tonight, but for now, here's some excerpts from the character introduction page of Acme Novelty Library #17:
"I am all alone. This midwestern city is alien. And though my sister tries to cheer me, I know that it is only to ease our mutual torment. She still hates me as always."
My mother has destroyed me. She knows not I, and cares not to try. How do people live in this awful world? Cannot I matur faster, so that I may return to where I belong? Only my brother have I, and he is doughy."
Jason, a teenage boy:
"I am cool. At all costs. All that I see, I own. The girls' flesh - it torments me. I wish, more deeply than anything, to lay myself on top of it."
Chris Ware, inserting himself into the story as a high school teacher/artist:
"I am contemporary and pertinent. Can I find a more complicated word? I'll try. I hate myself. Art isn't something you like. I hate art. Contemporaneous."
And the star of the story, Rusty Brown:
"Dad! Mom! Look at me! I have secret plans! These foolish mortals...how could they understand? Hah! They cannot...they would die from fear...they would die from fear!!"
And that's just on the first page. I haven't finished reading it yet, but when I do I might try to do a more comprehensive review. I find it hard to review Ware, other than saying, "Wow, he's amazing!", but I might try. Watch for it!