(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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Happy birfday to me... hap-py -ung- bir-birfday...
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: 2)

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: 3)

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: 4)

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: 5)

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: 6)

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: 7)

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: 8)

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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9)

God / comic story / 0.33 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Well! I certainly hope that teaches those stupid poor people a lesson!
Genre
humor; satire-parody
Characters
God
Synopsis
God takes action

The Constellations (Table of Contents: 10)

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: 11)

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: 12)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
All right Tex... this looks like about as good a spot as any
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: 14)

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: 15)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 16)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oh no! A lil' chestnut squirrel!
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.

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Timber! A fine shelter should be fashioned from these freshly-felled limbs.
Genre
humor
Characters
Rocket Sam; Indigenous Tree-Dweller
Synopsis
Sam underestimates the indigenous life

Indexer Notes

Strip is black, white and blue

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 18)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I mean, what are you doing with your life, anyway, Jimmy?
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: 19)

text story / 0.22 page (report information)

Script
Chris Ware
Letters
typeset

Weapons of War (Table of Contents: 20)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 21)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
urg umph whew! There! Ain't no way Paw gone find them girlie magzeens now never!
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: 22)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 23)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Okay, Joe-- now you take that tingcan and I'll take this tingcan an you go hide in the tall grass an we will...
Genre
humor
Characters
Big Tex Johnson; Paw Johnson; Okie Joe
Synopsis
Tex and Joe make a tin-can telephone

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 24)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
So- it's true! Sam has made another friend.
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: 25)

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: 26)

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: 27)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 28)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Gosh, I sure am lucky to have such a beautiful home!
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: 29)

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: 30)

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: 31)

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)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 32)

God / comic story / 1 page (report information)

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Help help help help help
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: 33)

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

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 34)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Okeh, Tex-- let's git goin'
Genre
humor
Characters
Big Tex Johnson; Paw
Synopsis
Paw takes Tex for an ice cream

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 35)

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

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

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Maw and Paw, I has brung you two presents an some flowers which I will leave fer you today.
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: 36)

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
Related Scans
Series Information
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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  • Jim Van Dore
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  • Gregory Fischer
  • Steven Samuels
  • Peter Croome
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