In this installment, Noel Murray and Oliver Sava discuss Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth, Chris Ware’s groundbreaking Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware pp, Jonathan Cape, £ What kind of man walks out on his own child? Weak?. This first book from Chicago author Chris Ware is a pleasantly-decorated view at a lonely and emotionally-impaired “everyman” (Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest.

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Then we meet Jimmy’s grandfather, a sad and lonely child, and his great-grandfather, who helped build the White City during the Columbian Exposition.

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Jimmy remains lonely, coreigan, disturbed. Feb 14, Paul Bryant rated it it was amazing Shelves: They are really stunning. Views Read Edit View history. But keep plugging away. This one is said to “elevate the medium” to another level and it kinda sorta does: Ware captures landscapes made to flatten emotion—a clinic shrouded in snow, a sterile apartment complex—and yet shows the reader the meaning and even beauty in every glimpse from a highway, every snippet of small talk.

View all 6 comments. Looking for More Great Reads? There is great depth only in how the appearance of things is analyzed. It speaks a language that reflects how we build the narrative of our own lives. But the real joy is his art.


Although the narrative is important, well-constructed, and obviously central, the author’s use of symbol and image to convey pain is what kept me so heavily invested. Seth’s Daily Graphic Corrgan Recommendation As if to complicate this practice even more, Ware’s hardback and paperback editions of the novel participate in this notion of errors and corrections in that the latter adds visual material not included in the former edition.

Jimmy Corrigan would probably play well with a lot of serious grown-up types except for the fact that 1 for the neophyte comics reader, Ware can be friggen impenetrable, and 2 Jimmy Corrigan is, for all it’s imagination and flights of fancy, a sad sack of mopey living to read about.

But by the time we know him as an adult, we have met him as jimmj child and it’s impossible to despise him. Elements of the novel appear to be autobiographicalparticularly Jimmy’s relationship with his father.

Jimmy Corrigan – The Smartest Kid on Earth

This book just might be my new favorite example of that. Retrieved August 21, I have read this times but never felt ready to review it in the manner it deserves.

What distinction do you make between real drawing and cartooning? On top of juggling multiple story lines, Chris Ware also handles lots of complex symbols and motifs tha Goddamit.


Since Joyce, with whatever irony, founded the New Bloomusalem? Yes, it was just a matter of getting tired of the adolescent science fiction stuff and moving to things that seemed a little more interesting or sympathetic or weird.

Of course, I was terrified. The general trajectory is rough begets rough, until you get to Jimmy who is, jimmmy, shell-shocked. When you read the book you bring him to life, and that is the meanest thing you can do to him.

The reader is made into a psychiatrist who has to listen to this guy not the character, mind you, the author! I still look on from a distance. Guardian News and Media Limited.

What a family of unhappy men. Mister Wonderful Daniel Clowes.

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Early corrigab, we learn that Jimmy is abandoned by his father. They err, we err—but does Ware ever err? And when the book takes an extended holiday into the past, Jimmy’s story is made so much richer for the excursion.