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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Jimmy Corrigan – The Smartest Kid on Earth : Chris Ware :

Asterios Polyp David Mazzucchelli. Ma il libro racconta nel contempo anche la storia speculare del nonno e del padre del nonno. The Superman of my youth was a sensitive, vulnerable, and humane citizen, a man of impeccable liberal sentiment in a romance of equals with a professional, feminist woman—he was not a punitive patriarch.

He received his Ph. The ewrth do very little together and Jimmy’s father, while well-intentioned, comes off to Jimmy as slightly racist and inconsiderate.

Jun 23, Anne rated it it was amazing. 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.

Feb 14, Paul Bryant rated it it was amazing Shelves: If one considers the most popular and well-known field of comics—the superhero genre—one can find the ways Ware critiques and deconstructs this trope as well. Thought and emotion is masterfully conveyed by flashing back and forth between imagination and reality in a way that feels realistic and believable. He can be unthinking and dull, but who can’t? I look forward to seeing more of Chris Ware’s work. This page was last edited on 6 Decemberat It won the Guardian First Book Awardthe first graphic novel to win a major British literary prize.

Description This first book from Chicago author Chris Ware is a pleasantly-decorated view at a lonely and emotionally-impaired “everyman” Jimmy Corrigan: The colors are vibrant and contrast well with the sad doings occuring in the novel. Jimmy eating a can of Campbell’s soup by himself after stammering his way through a conversation with his overbearing mother.


The sequence may be interrupted suddenly by a memory, by a violent wish.

This ezrth novel is truly poignant. Though the figure of the Everyman never completely understands himself in the context of a racialized America, the audience is aware of this complicated genealogy.

That said, I’m ready to move beyond it and try a new visual language with a bit more zip. I just finished rereading it again today.

Jimmy Corrigan – The Smartest Kid on Earth

Book ratings by Goodreads. There warre great depth only in how the appearance of things is analyzed. And grim accounts of terrible fathers who beget terrible fathers, etc, sexist men, racist men, from the late ‘s through ‘s.

Works Cited Groth, Gary. This is a five star graphic novelso I am giving it five stars.

Not only does she fail to understand his juvenile attempts at flight: He’s also possibly the dullest man on Earth and Chris Ware does not skimp on the tedium. Hence, a generous 3. As the world stretches out below, the father mutters something and just walks away, never to be seen again.

Ware seems to have matured both as an artist and a person in the years it took to complete.

This time it was nowhere near as bad. Jimmy has no memories of the man whose name he bears, and when one day the mail brings an invitation to spend Thanksgiving with him, his head is filled with hope, hate and fear. While it is much easier to write and even understand how an uncontrollable past can harm from afar, the truth–once one can grasp it–is that upon comprehending this, one can feel empathy and perhaps forgiveness and move on.


View all 6 comments. On top of juggling multiple story lines, Chris Ware also handles lots of complex symbols and motifs tha Goddamit. Jun 10, Erika Schoeps rated it it was amazing Shelves: Published inone year before our national tragedy, it chronicled the awkward, lonely life of the titular loser who must deal with father issues in the bleak midwinter of his life.

After an farth phone call, Jimmy agrees to meet his father without telling his mother. The art gets six stars, but the content deserves less than zero stars. Jimmy and his mother are treated to fine dining at what appears to be a roadside truck stop. Rarely has a book been so origin This is a five star graphic novelso I am giving it five stars. The result warre a somewhat depressing—but hopefully sympathetic—view on the Corrigan family line of men.

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

I won’t lie to you. A few pages in, we see Jimmy as an older, insecure, socially inept man. Jimmy Corrigan is described by the author as “a lonely, emotionally-impaired human castaway. It’s nowhere near as depressing as it was the first time, but then, how could it be? But the real joy is his art.

Dense and beautiful, this book makes you work for the heart breaking ending. But Jimmy Corriganthe book, is so much more. During the first, year separation, Ware began to work out his anger and longing in a weekly comic strip, now brought together as a beautifully produced hardback. Early on, we learn that Jimmy is abandoned by his father.