Here is the latest cool comic book moment in our year-long look at one cool comic book moment a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!
Today we take a look at the journey of Chalky White, and seeing as how it’s in a Chris Ware comic, well, let’s just say it is not an easy life for Chalky…
Acme Novelty Library #17 continues the story of Rusty Brown (which began in #16), an exceptionally nerdy young fellow living in Omaha, Nebraska in the 1970s. It is also the story of Chalky White, another exceptionally nerdy boy who just moved to Omaha with his sister and his mother.
In the first part, Chalky is given Rusty’s desk at school – what no one knew at the time was that Rusty had brought his cherished Supergirl action figure to school with him (against the rules), so Rusty, naturally, has been freaking out about the fate of Supergirl. Chalky, meanwhile, upon seeing the Supergirl figure, realize that he and Rusty likely have a lot in common – so how does he manage to relate to Rusty?
I’m going to show you a quick scene of the two interacting (click to enlarge the pages), and since these pages are more casually cruel than they are “cool,” I’m going to then show you a piece Ware does inside the comic that is more on the “cool” side – a diagrammed “life of Chalky White” – it’s quite amusing (and sad, too, of course).
Ware is an amazing comic book creator. One of the best ever, really.