Rusty Brown

Rusty Brown

‘The week after I finished the last page of Jimmy Corrigan I immediately started a new long story based on characters who had originated as parodies, but whom now I wanted to humanize... amidst a setting of memories of my Omaha childhood and Nebraska upbringing.’
--Chris Ware, Monograph

Now, twenty years later, Ware is publishing Rusty Brown in book form. It is, he says, ‘a fully interactive, full-colour 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.’ The six characters are Rusty Brown himself, a shy schoolkid obsessed with superheroes, his father ‘Woody’ Brown, an eccentric teacher at Rusty’s school, Chalky White, another schoolboy, Alison White, Chalky’s sister, Jason Lint, an older boy who bullies Rusty and Chalky and fancies Alison, and the boys’ teacher, Joanne Cole. Ware tells each of their stories in minute detail (or as he puts it, ‘From childhood to old age, no frozen plotline is left unthawed’), producing another masterwork of the comics form that is at once achingly beautiful, heartbreakingly sad and painfully funny.

Title:Rusty Brown
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780224078139
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    Rusty Brown Reviews

  • David Schaafsma

    “I wonder why other people couldn’t see the virtues of an innately democratic pictographic poetry, grounded in a transdimensional metaphysic, anyway?”—Chris WareRusty Brown is, like Jimmy Corr...

  • Sara

    I feel like my review is problematic right out of the gate because the fact that this just wasn't a book for me has nothing to do with Chris Ware's artistic talent (astounding), writing (witty, world ...

  • Lee

    Brutal, beautiful, magnificent. If you don't like comics let this change your mind....

  • Lee Klein

    Awed again as always by Ware. For some reason I had lower expectations for this, maybe from some exposure about ten years ago to Rusty Brown pages that didn't quite do the trick for me, or maybe from ...

  • Rod Brown

    I've sampled Chris Ware here and there over the years, but I think this is the first full book of his that I have read, and frankly, I just don't get all the acclaim heaped on him. Pathetic and awful ...

  • Peter Hollo

    Technically astounding as always, at times truly beautiful and with streaks of genius, but unrelentingly depressing. The best of it, Lint, was published as a self-contained story as ACME Novelty Libra...

  • Andrew

    In the past year, we've gotten Lutes's Berlin, Seth's Clyde Fans, and we're now blessed with Ware's Rusty Brown. What other epic years-long projects are still ongoing at this point? ...

  • Keen

    Make no mistake about it, in the hardback edition of this book the quality of the art work and overall presentation is yet again exquisite. It’s all clean lines, eye-popping colour and just a deligh...

  • Stewart Tame

    A new work from Chris Ware is always an event. No one does comics quite like him, and he seems to enjoy stretching the limits of the medium further with each story.Surprisingly, despite being literall...

  • Chris Browning

    great art, great deconstruction of the comic form, but geez if the plot (as it were) isn’t an unending (perhaps occasionally relenting i.e. the last page) stream of misery and depression and (3 out ...