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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Maybe they will jimmt writing about in years. Use old embed code. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

Sorry to be cryptic, but other Joyceans will catch my drift. Quite honestly, I’m seriously considering re-reading this entire book as soon as I finish typing this review.

This fhe needs additional citations for verification. Unfortunately, I came from the wrong background. I’ve read my fair share of graphic novels though less than I shouldand Chris Ware is still the one who touches me deepest. But the real joy is his art. Neither would surprise me at all. The unreadable thing about this book is its subject matter, which is the life of a miserable loner with a bullying father examined in very great painful detail.

The afterward is also amazing, making it clear that this work is his attempt to move beyond the alt comics he had been doing to venture into semi-autobiographical fiction touching on issues ccorrigan his absent father, who after decades, finally met with jimmg.

Definitely recommended for anyone who’s a fan of achewood – you can see the influence Chris Ware has on some of Onstad’s sadder strips. Imagine life eclipsed by imagination. But to me, compared to Ware, it feels like Moore is putting together piece puzzles of the United States while Ware’s just laid the final piece in a piece jigsaw of the colour red.

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I know this is the graphic novel to end all graphic novels but I have to say I wasn’t terribly blown away.


This is a great work, maybe the very work that catapulted Ware into the upper reaches of the comics hierarchy. Stay in Touch Sign up. He employs repeated frames of seemingly insignificant details, such as a bird moving along a tree branch. I mean, any real writer that might happen to read kis is just going to be disgusted!

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This is a pretty bleak multigenerational work that mostly deals with the effects of emotional loss and abuse for a series of men and their sons–great grandfather, grandfather, father, son… the mothers play supporting roles and a daughter figures in later. On quality I’d say it deserved three stars, if it wasn’t for all the critics and what a sour and joyless lot they must be claiming it as the greatest comic book ever written.

After an ill-timed phone call, Jimmy agrees to meet his father without telling his mother. Jun 30, Stephanie aka WW rated it it was amazing. Elements of the novel appear to be autobiographicalparticularly Jimmy’s relationship with his father.

He still calls his mother every day. A friend, a physicist actually, recommended this to me after I rolled my eyes at superhero comic books. The Smartest Kid on Earthwho is provided, at age 36, the opportunity to meet his father for the first time. As if to complicate this practice even more, Farth hardback and paperback editions of the novel participate in this notion of errors and corrections in that the latter adds visual earty not included in the former edition.

The story was serialized in the alternative Chicago weekly newspaper Newcity and in Ware’s comic book Acme Novelty Library in issues 5—6, 8—9, and 11—14 from to I guess those may have been the first ones I ever read. This book was an overwhelming masterpiece. HolocaustPersepolis yay! The great thing about this book is the brilliant graphic concepts which dazzle and delight on every other page.

He is shrunken in on himself, round-shouldered and hunched as if to present the smallest possible target. Rarely has a book been so original in its presentation and so painfully banal in what it’s talking about.


Even in the story, Jimmy walks around bandaged most of the time.

Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth

Then we meet Jimmy’s grandfather, a sad and lonely child, and his great-grandfather, who helped build the Whit I won’t lie to you. Looking cordigan More Great Reads? Adults lie with their faces.

Aug 22, Blixen rated it really liked it Shelves: Want to Read Currently Reading Read. The Corrigan men have been somewhat of an unfortunate lot, with hurtful and traumatic experiences from previous generations snowballing into equally harrowing childhoods and lives for the descendants. This semi-autobiographical story about a character who is the caricature of insecurity is not endearing, not warm-hearted, not empathetic, not interesting, not ins The art gets six stars, but the content deserves less than zero stars.

With a subtle, complex and moving story and the drawings Jimmy Corrigan has rightly been hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever to be published. The other concerns other members of the patriclan who walked, and mainly flashes back to Chicago, where Jimmy’s great I think grandfather worked on the Columbian expo. Watchmenby contrast, touchingly seems to understand itself as a feminist statement. The general trajectory is rough begets rough, until you get to Jimmy who is, merely, shell-shocked.

The Smartest Kid on Earthwho is provided, at age 36, the opportunity to meet his father for the first time. Just like when you sit in front of your psychiatrist. My gut reaction has not changed in 15 years; I hope I have a language for it now. Please try again later. Paperbackpages. RAW was the first comic book that I read that followed through on that idea completely, in both the images and the writing. This book is a pictoral expression of pain, discomfort, and trauma with a narrative attached.

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