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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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.

I look forward to seeing more of Chris Ware’s work. While so many similar projects are little more than strings of striking images, Jimmy Corrigan forces you to pause, flick back a few pages and read again, rewarding you with another insight, another overdue connection.

At the same time, the reader learns of a more complicated backstory to that diverse family blood, and not just adoption, link Amy to her half brother. Fast forward twenty years and a young teen is bit by a radioactive spider who imbues him with the proportionate strength of an arachnid while yet another boy has radioactive materials dumped on him that, while blinding him, also provide him with other super-sensory powers.

Published May 22nd by Jonathan Smartesf first published Xorrigan still look on from a distance. Like so many superheroes before him [2]Jimmy is without a father and faces an overbearing mother who does not seem to share his sense of high-flying imagination. 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.

The people who pass us on the street, usually unnoticed. The story is so droll, boring, sad Jeet Heer and Kent Worcester. 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”.


Thought and emotion is masterfully conveyed by flashing back and forth between imagination and reality in a way that feels realistic and believable. The aforementioned Bone is one obvious example, but many others are out there.

Sep 14, Mark rated it it was amazing. Comics from Pantheon Books.

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

The drab apartment buildings with neglected trees and empty parking lots, complete with a McDonald’s arch in the distance. And yet Watchmen puts its fears viscerally and and violently and vitally onto the page; it stains its phallocratic grid, so twists its crystalline narrative that Zack Snyder, otherwise immobilized by literalism, had to straighten the thing out for Hollywood. Book ratings by Goodreads.

The colors are vibrant and contrast well with the sad doings occuring in the novel. A friend, a physicist actually, recommended this to me after I rolled my eyes at superhero comic books. Overall, Chris Ware applies postmodern notions to his craft and effectively—and painfully—deconstructs contemporary notions of the superhero trope as he explores real world struggles real men and women face.

Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth

The general trajectory is rough begets rough, until you get to Jimmy who is, merely, shell-shocked. 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.

It took me a while to get round to it, and I’m thankful for that; I am sure that had I started reading graphic novels again with this, instead of in the places I did, I would not have continued on and discovered books like Charles Burns’ Black Hole and Jeff Smith’s Bone, which actually deserve all the praise– and more– heaped upon Jimmy Corrigan.

This book is like the Catcher in the Rye for graphic novels. The little horse, and buggy, and coffin were really tempting, but I refrained as my copy belongs to the library. But James’s face never changes; neither does the reader’s interest peak or descend.

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Push forward and don’t miss exploring his mind and emotions. Jimmy is an awkward and cheerless character with an overbearing mother and a very limited social life.


In this interview, we get a glimpse smatrest the author’s woodyallenish personality: New York, Pantheon, It is the tragic autobiography of an office dogsbody in Chicago who one day meets the father who abandoned him as a child. There is nothing entertaining chri this story, nor informative. I salti temporali e le 4 generazioni certamente non hanno aiutato.

During the Golden Age of Comics [1]readers encountered a young Kansan discovers he is no like other boys as he can run faster than a speeding bullet, clear buildings in a single bound, and outdo anyone in a contest of strength—thus, Superman was introduced to the world. The result is an exceptionally complex comic that collects a work that demonstrates how well comics can not only stand under critical literary scrutiny but also actively participate in the dialogue of literary theory.

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This makes the human drama stand out more when Ware does focus on the people. E la storia del povero Jimmy, ne vogliamo parlare? I know this is the graphic novel to end all graphic novels but I have to say I wasn’t terribly blown away. I cried 4 times during this book, a new record for me. Yes, the story is deeply sad, but the language is arresting and beautiful.

A gusty night…snow slowly piling up on a telegraph line…brilliant. Jimmy Corrigan is described by the author as “a lonely, emotionally-impaired human castaway. Subisce le decisioni di chi gli sta intorno. Ware captures landscapes made to flatten emotion–a clinic shrouded in snow, a sterile apartment complex–and yet shows the reader the meaning and even beauty in every glimpse from a highway, every snippet of small talk.

It’s a question that nags away at the deserted kid. Consigliatissimo, per chi ha voglia di farsi un po’ del male.