Jimmy Corrigan by Chris Ware
The Smartest Kid on Earth

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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.

 

About Chris Ware

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CHRIS WARE is the author of "Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth "and the annual progenitor of the amateur periodical the "ACME Novelty Library," An irregular contributor to "The New Yorker "and "The Virginia Quarterly Review," Ware was the first cartoonist chosen to regularly serialize an ongoing story in "The New York Times Magazine," in 2005-2006. He edited the thirteenth issue of "McSweeney's Quarterly Concern "in 2004 as well as Houghton Mifflin's "Best American Comics "for 2007, and his work was the focus of an exhibit at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago in 2006.Ware lives in Oak Park, Illinois, with his wife, Marnie, a high-school science teacher, and their daughter, Clara.
 
Published January 1, 2000 by Pantheon. 380 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Comics & Graphic Novels, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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The comics world has amply rewarded Ware for his amazingly innovative work—he’s won numerous prizes for his Acme Novelty Library, a combination of complex narratives about mice, a trove of visually arcane inventions (diagrammed with Rube Goldberg–like precision), and plenty of eye-straining text:...

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Ware's graphically inventive, wonderfully realized novel-in-comics follows the sad fortunes of four generations of phlegmatic, defeated men while touching on themes of abandonment, social isolation an

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and, more than 80 years before, the abandonment of the father's own father by his father.

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Ware's graphically inventive, wonderfully realized novel-in-comics follows the sad fortunes of four generations of phlegmatic, defeated men while touching on themes of abandonment, social isolation and despair within the sweeping depiction of Chicago's urban transformation over the course of a ce...

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Popular Culture — Something Chris Ware, a cartoonist still in his 30s, has little use for — would dismiss Jimmy Corrigan (lumpy, lazy, lonely, easily confused) as a ''loser.'' Ostensibly the story of Jimmy trying to make contact with the father who abandoned him years before, Jimmy Corrigan: ...

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