Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris WareJimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

byChris Ware

Paperback | April 29, 2003

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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.

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CHRIS WARE is widely acknowledged as the most gifted and beloved cartoonist of his generation by both his mother and seven-year-old daughter. Building Stories, released in 2012, received 4 Eisner Awards, including Best Graphic Album, in 2013. His Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth won the Guardian First Book Award and was listed...
Title:Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on EarthFormat:PaperbackPublished:April 29, 2003Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0375714545

ISBN - 13:9780375714542

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling and complex, worth of your time I've only read this book a couple of times and find I like to allow time in between to digest and revisit at different times of the year. Very well constructed, and not a simple read, I think it's worthwhile to consider the layers Ware puts into the narrative, and the choices he makes to render his story artistically.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome!! Had a good time with this book. It was well done. The art style and story was great but I do agree with some of the text being too small. I understand the effect it was trying to portray by doing it but it was quite difficult to read at times.
Date published: 2017-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! A beautifully crafted graphic novel in terms of the style and art. The story is subtle but quite sad. I enjoyed it but I found sometimes that the panels and text were so small, it was almost hard to read.
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece, like all of Ware's work A re-read, and it's even better than I remember. Ware's multigenerational tale of sadness and broken dreams. But be warned, I'm not talking the kind of sad that has you tearing up, I'm talking soul crushing sadness. And like everything Ware does, the art and storytelling method is simply unbelievable. Highest recommendation!
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Artistic Materpiece Held within the pages of this book is one of the saddest stories ever put to paper: the story of a grown man living in the real world. Drawing from life experiences, Ware slowly develops, through a series of over three thousand seperate panels, a depressing tale spanning three generations of everymen, while treating us to surprisingly funny distractions along the way. That said, it's a really terrible story. This is not a book for every reader. This is definately not a book for the casual Comic Book fan trying to up the stakes . What it is is one of the most challenging pieces of Sequential Art ever produced, and remarkable not for the narrative excllence but for the incredible artistic accomplishment it represents. I did not love this book, but one cannot help but appreciate it.
Date published: 2005-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Almost Too Good This book is something you don't come across very often...it took me to another place when I read it. You will want to lend it to everyone, which is why you should give it as a gift...you won't want it to get ruined!
Date published: 2002-08-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun This is one of those books that you find and end up giving to all of your friends as a gift. Every inch of the books requires you to study and read. (including the jacket cover). I finished it in one sitting
Date published: 2001-01-22

Editorial Reviews

“This haunting and unshakable book will change the way you look at your world. 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.” —Time magazine“Jimmy Corrigan pushes the form of comics into unexpected formal and emotional territory.” —Chicago Tribune“Graphically inventive, wonderfully realized . . . [Jimmy Corrigan] is wonderfully illustrated in full color, and Ware’s spare, iconic drawing style can render vivid architectural complexity or movingly capture the stark despondency of an unloved child.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)“Ware’s use of words is sparing, and at times maudlin. But the real joy is his art. It's stunning. In terms of attention to detail, graceful use of color, and overall design—Ware has no peer. And while each panel is relentlessly polished—never an errant line or lazily rendered image—his drawings, somehow, remain delicate and achingly lyrical.” —Dave Eggers, The New York Times Book ReviewFrom the Hardcover edition.