Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware pp, Jonathan Cape, £ What kind of man walks out on his own child? Weak?. Jimmy Corrigan, the protagonist of cartoonist Chris Ware’s epic monument to communication breakdown and the mundane surrealism of. Ware’s graphically inventive, wonderfully realized novel-in-comics follows the sad fortunes of four generations of phlegmatic, defeated men while touching on.

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The bloodiest, the most beautiful, the most vulnerable imaginings, and the disintegration of wishes as we make them. The Graphic Adaptation Ari Folman. Thought and emotion is masterfully conveyed by flashing back and forth between imagination and reality in a way that feels realistic and believable.

The story is so droll, boring, sad Well, the technical quality of the art is certainly good, and it’s formally inventive and all that, and it most definitely does an effective job at maintaining and conveying a consistent mood- if you were feeling charitable, you could even say that there’s something kind of magnificent about it’s overwhelming, unrelieved bleakness- but when I was finished I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what the point of the whole thing had been.

July Learn how and emartest to remove this template message. My gut reaction has not changed in 15 years; I hope I have a language for it now. Ware, one of the most influential and greatest vhris 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.

Jimmy’s suffering and his father’s delinquency suddenly shrink in scale.

Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

Instead, the reader is left to actively piece together the narrative, making errors and corrections along the way. As if to complicate this practice even more, Ware’s hardback and paperback editions of the novel participate in this notion of errors and corrections in that the latter adds visual material not included in the former edition.

Ware reminds us of this reading practice at every step in the novel.

And while each panel is relentlessly polished–never an errant line or lazily rendered image–his drawings, somehow, remain delicate and achingly lyrical. He regularly writes for Sequart and reviews comics for Newsarama. An improvisatory romance which gingerly deports itself between ‘s Chicago and ‘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.


Suddenly, I was happy again. The novel uses numerous flashback scenes and parallel storylines. It turns out the father had re-married, and the story of that family is one backbone. Jun 10, Erika Schoeps rated it it was amazing Shelves: Little James’s mother dies in childbirth, he makes enemies like most children make friends, and to his strap-happy father he is a “goddamn little son of a bitch”. But he doth protest too much, of course his sort of mentee friend Seth does this, too, this apologizing for his work as crappy.

While my life does not mirror Jimmy’s, there are certainly some parallels, namely the feelings of confusion and loneliness that he has experienced his whole life. And in the case of ones such as Louis Riel, Berlin, or Maus, I get a little bit of education without trudging through a page history book.

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

Throughout the novel, some panels are wildly detailed while others are minimalistic. And so Jimmy gets on a plane from Chicago out to suburban Michigan. The racial entitlement of the white working class vis-a-vis black and Italian kidsin contrast with the toadying, is intermittently threaded into the playground, and especially domestic life it is the Italian and black characters who give any twinge of hominess to the child’s life.

New York, Pantheon, ijmmy On top of juggling multiple story lines, Chris Ware also handles lots of complex symbols and motifs that gently move through both story lines, keeping things connected and cohesive. This is a five star graphic novelwarr I am giving it five stars. As Ware notes here in his postscript, the four or five hours the book takes to read “is almost exactly the total time I ever spent with my father, either in person or on the phone”. And while each panel is relentlessly polished-never an errant line or lazily rendered image-his drawings, somehow, remain delicate and achingly lyrical.

Aug 29, Kyle rated it it was amazing. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. Maybe they will be writing about in years. A friend, a physicist actually, recommended this to me after I rolled my eyes at superhero comic books.


There is nothing entertaining about this story, nor informative.

He is both literally and figuratively going to the origin trope we know as comic readers know on its end. The landscape is impressive. Lots of textured domestic and playground scenes, as Jimmy’s dad moves down in the world, arbitrary dismisses household servants a black maid, Mayfor showing kindness to Jimmy against his will, and toadies to neighborhood elites, putting on a good face while he, and things in general, are rough at home.

Sep 14, Mark rated it it was amazing. This makes the human drama stand out more when Ware does focus on the people. The Best Books of On the technical side, this book is a formal masterpiece and it’s easy to see why it has dominated the visual conversation of the last decade — this is the book that invents the language of cartooning that we use today.

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But he has had little to smile about in his life, having lived with an abusive, and then absent, father. I remember putting the book down in when I got to the last page and realized the complexity of the joke that has been pulled on him, the author, and us. I just finished rereading it again today. The main character is a bland two-dimensional simpleton who has a depressing life.

I found it confusing at times.

His father has brought up another child – and pretty well, thee judge by the “Number 1 Dad” T-shirts she buys him. I’m surprised that GoodReads doesn’t allow a sixth star for this book alone.

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This is a great work, maybe the very work that catapulted Ware into the upper reaches of the comics hierarchy. This book is a pictoral expression of pain, discomfort, and trauma with a narrative attached. Corrrigan everyone else, steer well clear. 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.