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Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

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By (author) Chris Ware, Illustrated by Chris Ware

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  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 380 pages
  • Dimensions: 165mm x 206mm x 36mm | 816g
  • Publication date: 1 May 2004
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0224063979
  • ISBN 13: 9780224063975
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 17,930

Product description

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.

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Chris Ware is the author of Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth, which won the Guardian First Book Award in 2001; Quimby the Mouse (2003); and, most recently, the publishing sensation Buidling Stories. Winner of countless awards, he is widely acknowledged as the most gifted cartoonist of his generation.

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"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" Independent

Editorial reviews

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)