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Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earthby Chris Ware
Winner of the 2001 Firecracker Alternative Book Award for Graphic Novel.
Synopses & Reviews
This first book from Chicago author Chris Ware is a pleasantly-decorated view at a lonely and emotionally-impaired "everyman" (Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth), who is provided, at age 36, the opportunity to meet his father for the first time. An improvisatory romance which gingerly deports itself between 1890's Chicago and 1980's small town Michigan, the reader is helped along by thousands of colored illustrations and diagrams, which, when read rapidly in sequence, provide a convincing illusion of life and movement. The bulk of the work is supported by fold-out instructions, an index, paper cut-outs, and a brief apology, all of which concrete to form a rich portrait of a man stunted by a paralyzing fear of being disliked.
"In Ware's 380-page graphic novella, studded with small, precise panels that regularly expand to reveal stunning draftmanship, Jimmy's inability to interact with the world makes for a humorous tragedy worthy of comparison to Ivan Goncharov's novel Oblomo, (about a man who cannot find a reason to get out of bed)...Jimmy Corrigan is thrilling, moving, profoundly sympathetic — and it is the most beautiful-looking book of the year. A+" Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly
"Ware may be the best cartoonist of his generation, and Jimmy Corrigan, seven years in the making, is his masterpiece." Men's Journal
"Graphically inventive, wonderfully realized. . . [Jimmy Corrigan] is wonderfully illustrated in full color, and Ware's spare, iconic drawing style can render vivid architectural complexity or movingly capture the stark despondency of an unloved child." Publishers Weekly
"This haunting and unshakable book will change the way you look at your world." Time
"Jimmy Corrigan pushes the form of comics into unexpected formal and emotional territory." Chicago Tribune
About the Author
Ware, C. — American cartoonist b. 1967, Omaha, Nebraska, currently residing Chicago, Illinois. Author and creator of the beloved Acme Novelty Library series of children's guidebooks, game pamphlets, and picnic songsheets, irregular organs through which the bulk of this work first passed. Mr. Ware is married, but has not reproduced.
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