Jimmy Corrigan

Jimmy Corrigan : The Smartest Kid on Earth

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Jimmy Corrigan has rightly been hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever to be published. It won the Guardian First Book Award 2001, the first graphic novel to win a major British literary prize. It is the tragic autobiography of an office dogsbody in Chicago who one day meets the father who abandoned him as a child. With a subtle, complex and moving story and the drawings that are as simple and original as they are strikingly beautiful, Jimmy Corrigan is a book unlike any other and certainly not to be missed.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 380 pages
  • 165.1 x 205.74 x 35.56mm | 816.46g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour illustrations
  • 0224063979
  • 9780224063975
  • 22,799

About Chris Ware

Chris Ware lives in Oak Park, Illinois, and is the author of Jimmy Corrigan - the Smartest Kid on Earth. He is currently serializing two new graphic novels in his ongoing periodical The ACME Novelty Library, the 20th issue of which will be released in fall 2010. He has guest-edited McSweeney's Quarterly Concern and Houghton-Mifflin's Best American Comics, and was the first cartoonist chosen to regularly serialize an ongoing story in The New York Times Magazine. A semi-regular contributor to the New Yorker, his work was included in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, was favored with an exhibit of its own at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2006, and will be exhibited at the Gavle Konstcentrum in Gavle, Sweden, in 2010.show more

Review quote

"Jimmy Corrigan is certainly the greatest thing in strip cartoons since Krazy Kat and Little Nemo" -- Raymond Briggs "Ware is the most versatile and innovative artist the medium has known - arguably the greatest achievement of the form ever" -- Dave Eggers New York Times Book Review "This new book seems to be another milestone in the demonstration of what comics can be" -- Art Spiegelman, author of Maus "Chris Ware has produced a book as beautiful as any published this year, but also one which challenges us to think again about what literature is and where it is going" -- Claire Armitstead Guardian "Perhaps best read in a single sitting, Jimmy Corrigan is perceptive, poetic, and sometimes profound, generously rewarding the absorption it requires" Independentshow more

Review Text

Jimmy Corrigan is, as the author describes it, an improvisatory romance. A very odd yet distinctive entry into the comic world, Jimmy Corrigan started life as a weekly comic strip in a Chicago newspaper and was originally intended purely as an semi-autobiographical setting in which to work out some of the authors more embarrasing emotional problems. The problem with such truth exercises, as Chris Ware now realizes, is that they are apt to sprawl out and become a much larger and significant body of work than was ever intended. Jimmy Corrigan is no exception. Everything about this book is both surprising and delightful: the dust cover folds out into an elaborate double-sided diagrammatical poster that is part mind map and partly mind-boggling. The detail between the covers is in turn awesome and inspiring. Not an inch of space is wasted and metric measurements fair no better. Every available piece of the page is beautifully and obsessively filled with what, at first glance, appears to be an oversimplified cartoon style that's sole object is to confuse, but on closer inspection reveals itself to be much more rewarding, complex and, possibly, disturbing. Panels are orientated at many varied and crazy angles, forcing excited eyes to manoeuvre and bend around the page in ways for which they probably weren't designed. The plot, for I am determined that there is one, is as completely unexplainable as is any one of our lives, but revolves around common themes such as hope, neglectful parents, overbearing parents, love, life, death, despair and dreams. A totally unique book. (Kirkus UK)show more