(Summer 1996)

Fantagraphics, 1993 Series
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Volume:
7
Price:
6.95 USD; 9.75 CAD
Pages:
32
Indicia frequency:
thrice yearly
Indicia / Colophon Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Brand:
Fantagraphics Books, Inc.
Editing:
Kim Thompson
Color:
Black and White and Color
Dimensions:
Various As Described
Binding:
Saddle-Stitched (#1-12; 15); Perfect Bound (#13-14)
Publishing Format:
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

This issue has variants.

Printed at 275mm x 458mm, saddle stitched


[A Robust Congress of Sophisticated Laff-Getters Certain to Brighten Even the Saddest Last Saturday of Childhood] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Characters:
Metal Man; Rocket Sam; Big Tex; God

["Happy birfday to me... hap-py -ung- bir-birfday..."] (Table of Contents)

Big Tex / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Big Tex Johnson; Paw Johnson; Avery; Paw's daughter
Synopsis:
Paw and Avery make a deal

The Acme Novelty Library. Great Big Book of Jokes (Table of Contents)

table of contents / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Characters:
God

Indexer Notes

Table of contents, publication and indicia all written in Ware's usual mock-archaic style. Accompanied by a single illustration and the following mock articles: "1995 a "Shining Year" for Acme Novelty Library Stockholders."; "Accidental Death and Dismemberment Benefits Increased at Library."; "Reviving Handicrafts in America"

Letters (Table of Contents)

letters page / 0.53 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Letters from Nicole Stellon, Dawn Moriarity, David Liljemark

Our Mentorial Bureau (Table of Contents)

text story / 0.51 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Letters:
typeset

Indexer Notes

Continues on page fourteen

The Story of the Acme Cartoon Company (Table of Contents)

comic story / 0.2 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Synopsis:
A tour of the Acme company

Rocket Sam on the Mysterious Cave Planet Of Zanndor (Table of Contents)

Rocket Sam / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Rocket Sam
Synopsis:
Rocket Sam lands on a new planet
Reprints:

Rescue Mission: Planet X-9 (Table of Contents)

Rocket Sam / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Rocket Sam
Synopsis:
Sam has an assignation

[New Method Makes Life Easy, Simple to Learn] (Table of Contents)

text story / 0.67 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor; satire-parody

Indexer Notes

These are nine small fake old school style trade ads. Text accompanied by nine small Ware illustrations.

["Well! I certainly hope that teaches those stupid poor people a lesson!"] (Table of Contents)

God / comic story / 0.33 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor; satire-parody
Characters:
God
Synopsis:
God takes action

The Constellations (Table of Contents)

text story / 1.75 pages (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware (duotone)
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Text and illustration article redesigning the constellations. Art is black, white and blue

Shipwrecked (Table of Contents)

Rocket Sam / comic story / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware (duotone)

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Rocket Sam
Synopsis:
Rocket Sam is marooned

Indexer Notes

Art is black, white and blue

[Contract] (Table of Contents)

God / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware (duotone)

Genre:
humor
Characters:
God
Synopsis:
The perils of the Hollywood contract- the caped God saves a cat from a tree, signs an autograph and flies to Hollywood to film a TV series.

Indexer Notes

Strip is presented landscape and is black, white and blue

["All right Tex... this looks like about as good a spot as any"] (Table of Contents)

Big Tex / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware (duotone)
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Big Tex Johnson; Paw Johnson
Synopsis:
Paw takes Tex shooting

Indexer Notes

Strip is black, white and brown

Sam Makes An Acquaintance (Table of Contents)

Rocket Sam / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Rocket Sam
Synopsis:
Sam makes a new friend

Exploration Mission (Table of Contents)

Rocket Sam / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Rocket Sam
Synopsis:
Sam discovers a new species

Indexer Notes

Strip is presented landscape and with no black

["Oh no! A lil' chestnut squirrel!"] (Table of Contents)

Big Tex / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Big Tex Johnson
Synopsis:
Tex goes for an ice cream at Dairy Queen. After that, he runs over a squirrel in his truck.

["Timber! A fine shelter should be fashioned from these freshly-felled limbs."] (Table of Contents)

Rocket Sam / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware (duotone)
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Rocket Sam; Indigenous Tree-Dweller
Synopsis:
Sam underestimates the indigenous life

Indexer Notes

Strip is black, white and blue

["I mean, what are you doing with your life, anyway, Jimmy?"] (Table of Contents)

Jimmy Corrigan / comic story / 1.54 pages (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
drama; humor
Characters:
Jimmy Corrigan; Peggy; Superman
Synopsis:
Jimmy's path in life is questioned

Indexer Notes

Centerspread printed in the landscape format. The "Our Mentorial Bureau" (continued from page 2) and "Journal Miscellany" articles are placed just below it on the page.

Journal Miscellany (From Our Editorial Desk) (Table of Contents)

text story / 0.22 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Letters:
typeset

Weapons of War (Table of Contents)

Rocket Sam / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Rocket Sam
Synopsis:
Sam creates armour

["urg umph whew! There! Ain't no way Paw gone find them girlie magzeens now never!"] (Table of Contents)

Big Tex / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware (duotone)
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Big Tex Johnson; Paw Johnson
Synopsis:
Tex hides his girly magazines

Indexer Notes

Strip is black, white and blue

Sam's Homemade Opponent (Table of Contents)

Rocket Sam / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Rocket Sam; Robot
Synopsis:
Sam constructs a sparring partner

["Okay, Joe-- now you take that tingcan and I'll take this tingcan an you go hide in the tall grass an we will..."] (Table of Contents)

Big Tex / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Big Tex Johnson; Paw Johnson; Okie Joe
Synopsis:
Tex and Joe make a tin-can telephone

["So- it's true! Sam has made another friend."] (Table of Contents)

Rocket Sam / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware (duotone)
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Rocket Sam; Robot; Sam's companion
Synopsis:
The robot is jealous

Indexer Notes

Strip is black, white and grey

Tis the Season of Giving on Planet X-38 (Table of Contents)

Rocket Sam / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware (duotone)
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Rocket Sam; Robot; female robot
Synopsis:
Christmas for Rocket Sam

Indexer Notes

Strip is black, white and blue

Three Pages of Cut-Outs to Busy the Little Hands and Little Head (Table of Contents)

comic story / 0.25 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Letters:
typeset

Genre:
humor

Indexer Notes

Intro to the the following three activity cutout booklets.

Big Tex and Okie Joe in Bear Attack (Table of Contents)

Big Tex / activity / 0.75 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware; typeset

Characters:
Big Tex; Okie Joe

["Gosh, I sure am lucky to have such a beautiful home!"] (Table of Contents)

Quimby The Mouse / activity / 0.32 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Quimby the Mouse
Synopsis:
Quimby's night at home

Indexer Notes

Presented as a cut out and construct miniature book

Instructions (Table of Contents)

text article / 0.18 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Letters:
typeset

Big Tex and the Jolly Time He Had With The Chicken (Table of Contents)

Big Tex / activity / 0.5 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Big Tex

Indexer Notes

Presented as a cut out and construct flick book

Rocket Sam Needs Your Help to Get Back Home (Table of Contents)

Rocket Sam / activity / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Characters:
Rocket Sam
Synopsis:
Cut out and construct Rocket Sam frieze
Reprints:
  • from Chicago Newcity (October 5, 1995)

["Help help help help help"] (Table of Contents)

God / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware (duotone)

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Superman
Synopsis:
A day in the superhero's life- God hears a hunter's cry for help while picking a flower. He flies to see the hunter caught in a bear trap. God promptly shoots the hunter, takes his money and buys a banjo with it.

Indexer Notes

Strip is in black, white and blue

These Arms Were Made For Hugging (Table of Contents)

Rocket Sam / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Rocket Sam; Robot
Synopsis:
The Marooned Sam constructs a companion

["Okeh, Tex-- let's git goin'"] (Table of Contents)

Big Tex / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware (duotone)
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Big Tex Johnson; Paw
Synopsis:
Paw takes Tex for an ice cream

["Maw and Paw, I has brung you two presents an some flowers which I will leave fer you today."] (Table of Contents)

Big Tex / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware
Letters:
Chris Ware

Genre:
humor
Characters:
Big Tex Johnson
Synopsis:
Big Tex's life in reverse
Reprints:

[Your Very Own Miniature "Novelty Library" to Fold and Assemble] (Table of Contents)

activity / 2 pages (report information)

Script:
Chris Ware
Pencils:
Chris Ware
Inks:
Chris Ware
Colors:
Chris Ware

Synopsis:
Cut-out and construct miniature Acme Novelty Library

Indexer Notes

ends on the back cover

Editing

Table of Contents

  1. 0. [A Robust Congress of Sophisticated Laff-Getters Certain to Brighten Even the Saddest Last Saturday of Childhood]
  2. 1. ["Happy birfday to me... hap-py -ung- bir-birfday..."]
    Big Tex
  3. 2. The Acme Novelty Library. Great Big Book of Jokes
  4. 3. Letters
  5. 4. Our Mentorial Bureau
  6. 5. The Story of the Acme Cartoon Company
  7. 6. Rocket Sam on the Mysterious Cave Planet Of Zanndor
    Rocket Sam
  8. 7. Rescue Mission: Planet X-9
    Rocket Sam
  9. 8. [New Method Makes Life Easy, Simple to Learn]
  10. 9. ["Well! I certainly hope that teaches those stupid poor people a lesson!"]
    God
  11. 10. The Constellations
  12. 11. Shipwrecked
    Rocket Sam
  13. 12. [Contract]
    God
  14. 13. ["All right Tex... this looks like about as good a spot as any"]
    Big Tex
  15. 14. Sam Makes An Acquaintance
    Rocket Sam
  16. 15. Exploration Mission
    Rocket Sam
  17. 16. ["Oh no! A lil' chestnut squirrel!"]
    Big Tex
  18. 17. ["Timber! A fine shelter should be fashioned from these freshly-felled limbs."]
    Rocket Sam
  19. 18. ["I mean, what are you doing with your life, anyway, Jimmy?"]
    Jimmy Corrigan
  20. 19. Journal Miscellany (From Our Editorial Desk)
  21. 20. Weapons of War
    Rocket Sam
  22. 21. ["urg umph whew! There! Ain't no way Paw gone find them girlie magzeens now never!"]
    Big Tex
  23. 22. Sam's Homemade Opponent
    Rocket Sam
  24. 23. ["Okay, Joe-- now you take that tingcan and I'll take this tingcan an you go hide in the tall grass an we will..."]
    Big Tex
  25. 24. ["So- it's true! Sam has made another friend."]
    Rocket Sam
  26. 25. Tis the Season of Giving on Planet X-38
    Rocket Sam
  27. 26. Three Pages of Cut-Outs to Busy the Little Hands and Little Head
  28. 27. Big Tex and Okie Joe in Bear Attack
    Big Tex
  29. 28. ["Gosh, I sure am lucky to have such a beautiful home!"]
    Quimby The Mouse
  30. 29. Instructions
  31. 30. Big Tex and the Jolly Time He Had With The Chicken
    Big Tex
  32. 31. Rocket Sam Needs Your Help to Get Back Home
    Rocket Sam
  33. 32. ["Help help help help help"]
    God
  34. 33. These Arms Were Made For Hugging
    Rocket Sam
  35. 34. ["Okeh, Tex-- let's git goin'"]
    Big Tex
  36. 35. ["Maw and Paw, I has brung you two presents an some flowers which I will leave fer you today."]
    Big Tex
  37. 36. [Your Very Own Miniature "Novelty Library" to Fold and Assemble]
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