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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By using our website you agree to our use of cookies. Maybe you know a lot of them. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Moreover, Jimmy is saddled with this horrible face with a single woebegone expression in every panel. Is this corritan appropriate for a year old? It turns out the father had re-married, and the story of that family is A friend, a physicist actually, recommended this to me after I rolled my eyes at superhero comic books.

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The experience tbe stressful for him as he can barely communicate with anyone other than his mother, let alone his estranged father. It is a rare and uplifting example of an artistic vision pushed to the limits.

I’ve read my fair share of graphic novels though less than I shouldand Chris Ware is still the one who touches me deepest. This is a five star graphic novelso I am giving it five stars.

Haha, some will argue it’s a hollow shell anyway. None of them is in any way sympathetic.

ccorrigan Early on, we learn that Jimmy is abandoned by his father. Which is precisely why you ought to plunge in and get past your initial impression. So that was the initial emphasis for the story. Ware, one of the most influential and greatest comics writers in the world, started this graphic novel with the intention to do a summer of strips in for an alternative mag here in Chicago, New City, where is was buried where comics are usually buried, in the want ads section.


This book is so going to Oxfam, as fast as its little feet will carry it.

Seth’s Daily Graphic Novel Recommendation 318: Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid On Earth

It is even past. A parallel story set in the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of shows Jimmy’s grandfather as a lonely little boy and his difficult relationship with an abusive father, Jimmy’s great grandfather. Let us accept for a moment the perhaps dubious psychoanalytic postulate that when men such as Moore and Ware pursue the kind of rigid formal closure that Watchmen and Jimmy Corrigan achieve, a fear of the feminine, construed in the masculine imagination as flesh and disorder, is operating.

But he doth protest too much, of course his sort of mentee friend Seth does this, too, this apologizing for his work as crappy. Jimmy’s story is worthy of being read, if not for anything other than for you to see how similar you are to him. Hard to read in places, but fascinating in its Ki Dreiserian way, its depiction of how lost and damaged so many people are. Even in the images corgigan his private world and thoughts, there are no blatant confessions of unhappiness.

Were there any writers that influenced you, comics writers or prose writers? Who is it that knows if Ware flattens time into space to draw us a map? Jimmy Corrigan has rightly been hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever to be published.

I guess more visually. The art gets six stars, but the content deserves less than zero stars. Jimmy Corrigan has been lauded by critics.


This is a finely crafted, complex book that gets better with every chapter: Of course, I was blown away that he would have called me or that he would consider calling someone of my age and obvious lack of ability. It was well laid out and pretty to look at but was almost cliched in its portrayal of a loner.

Sorry to be cryptic, but other Joyceans will catch my drift. Nobody means a self-canceling statement, though. But what he finds in Michigan is neither a saint nor a devil, nor even a consistently inadequate parent.

One of the things that I value most in a writer is their ability to tell you without telling you.

Review: Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware | Books | The Guardian

I started out doing a weekly, and then I went to doing a daily. 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.

This is an incredibly detailed history of four generations of the Corrigan family. This is a great work, maybe the very work that catapulted Ware into the upper reaches of the comics hierarchy.

And compared to whom? Black Hole Charles Burns. The ending was quite satisfying, and ended up bringing a book I started out not liking, very close to five stars. Jul 28, Rebecca rated it liked it Shelves: