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Rusty Brown by Chris Ware

Rusty Brown

Chris Ware

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Category: Graphic Novels
Imprint: Jonathan Cape Ltd
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publication date: 26 Sep 2019
ISBN: 9780224078139
5 stars out of 5
Leo Robson
11 Oct 2019

"Rusty Brown is a human document of rare richness"

The overall result feels closer to a linked collection of stories, a treasure trove of insight and invention, rather than an organic whole...While Ware struggles to achieve a cumulative dramatic effect, the variety of texture and perspective contributes to a single emotional tone, which might be characterised as zany pathos. Rusty Brown is a human document of rare richness – infinitely sad, intimately attuned to desolation and disappointment, but never closed to the possibility of a breakthrough, of someone transcending a dead-end, sad-sack fate. Though pain is germinal, love and hope exist. Ware has argued that the comic-book writer’s “feeling of how they see the world” shouldn’t be confined to the “look” of their art, and with this impassioned and ineffable piece of work, he has realised that aim.

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