By Chris Ware
The penultimate youngster factor of the ACME Novelty Library appears q4 with a brand new bankruptcy from the electrifying experimental narrative "Rusty Brown," which examines the lifestyles, paintings, and educating suggestions of 1 of its valuable real-life protagonists, W. okay. Brown. A formerly marginal determine on the planet of speculative fiction, Brown's commonly anthologized first tale, "The Seeing Eye canine of Mars," garnered him immediate acclaim and the coveted White Dwarf Award for most sensible New author while it first seemed within the pages of Nebulous in the overdue Nineteen Fifties, yet his big name used to be speedy eclipsed by way of the increase of such skills as Anton Jones, J. Sterling Imbroglio, and others of the so-called psychovisionary move. (Modern scholarship concedes, even though, that they now owe a no longer inconsequential aesthetic debt to Brown.) New surprises and discoveries in regards to the now legendarily reclusive and more and more influential author mark this 19th variety of the ACME Novelty Library, itself a typical award-winning periodical, lauded for its transparent lettering and agreeable coloring, which, as any cultured reader understands, are cornerstones of any really critical literary attempt. complete colour, seventy-eight pages, with hardbound covers, complete indicia, and glue, the ACME Novelty Library offers its readers a pleasing, if no longer exciting, rocket journey into the area of unkempt mind's eye and pulse-pounding excitement.
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He leaned against the door jamb watching her sitting on the bed glaring at her left hand: a tiny split in one of the pale ovals of her immaculate manicure. She was very much just then a girl at an age in which every hopeless treason and conspiracy of life seemed precisely reduced to such microcosmic proofs of a whole world set against them: a moment in the minds of very young girls and madwomen when a broken fingernail, a ruined stocking, periods, a new freckle, lip rouge on a dress fresh from the cleaners seem in almost paranoiac outrage to be clues to the universal plot against their contentment.
That's one of the really beautiful things about that fine daddy of yours, Miss Alt that womanly tenderness underneath all his guts and toughness. — — What's that fancy word that fits it? enigma. Is that it? Sure enigma. A man like your daddy; lawman and peaceman, a man I've never seen scared once in all the thirty years I've known him, as deadly a peace-officer as ever I've known and yet when the moment comes when they pull that black bag over the head he's got to feel that old book tucked in there between the bullets of his belt and the shirt against his belly.
Won't you go? If you understand so much ^why won't you go? If you want to comfort me so much, Joe Tzchak, you'll please not refer again to my mother. And now JUl's great eyes lifted quickly to the timewashed face of her mother printed with gaudy, brutal inexactitude into the yellowing pasteboard in its dime store frame. She stared at it with her eyes glazed and dry with a grief more anguished than tears could ever tell. The deputy cracked his knuckles. poor little mama, she murmured ^to the picture, perI — Why — My haps to herself, and not to Joe at all.
Acme Novelty Library 5 by Chris Ware