Rusty Brown

Rusty Brown

Pantheon Graphic Library

Book - 2019 | First edition
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"Rusty Brown" is a fully interactive, full-color articulation of the time-space interrelationships of six complete consciousnesses on 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.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, [2019]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780375424328
Branch Call Number: GR WAR
Characteristics: 1 volume (unpaged) : chiefly color illustrations ; 19 x 25 cm


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nicholasburmeister Jan 15, 2020

A great book. The intimacy of scale lends itself to a high level of detail.

CoronadoLibraryStaff Jan 15, 2020

A masterpiece.

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Dec 02, 2020

This book is grim, but at the same time bright and vibrant. Ware's unique paneling, design and colouring held my interest throughout. It's full of sad and flawed characters acting out the quotidian details of their lives. The Jordan Lint storyline in particular made me consider how short life is and how sour it can seem at times depending on the choices you make.

I, like others, found the small lettering irritating at times. But I think he had his reasons for making that choice. (Maybe communicating emotion... or getting you as the reader to get your face right up in the image.)

Will recommend this book!

Jun 25, 2020

A beautiful work of visual art, marred by tiny print often invisible: white print on a light blue background does not work. A compilation of stories about mostly unlikable characters

Apr 19, 2020

Epic but tiny print impossible to read, and story incomplete, I will skip second part.

CoronadoLibraryStaff Jan 15, 2020

A masterpiece.

nicholasburmeister Jan 15, 2020

A great book. The intimacy of scale lends itself to a high level of detail.

✅ This is a tour de force. It follows three main but interlocking stories of characters who are not always likable, but he shows how they came to be what they are. The stories are sometimes circuitous and suggest a point that pops up later. Ware's meticulous, often stylized, isometric art and page layouts contrast with the untidy, bleak, emotional stories. Though a huge tome physically, it can be read in a reasonable amount of time. There's a lot of fine print and you should have good light available.
Notice that Ware himself appears as a peripheral character, and noted character actor Edward Andrews is shown as the attorney presiding over a house closing in the final pages. He even has dialogue that sounds like it was written for Andrews! There are many deft touches like this throughout the book. Highly recommended.


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