In this installment, Noel Murray and Oliver Sava discuss Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth, Chris Ware’s groundbreaking Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware pp, Jonathan Cape, £ What kind of man walks out on his own child? Weak?. This first book from Chicago author Chris Ware is a pleasantly-decorated view at a lonely and emotionally-impaired “everyman” (Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest.

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And depending on who you are, who you know, and your life experiences, this may be revelationary or shrug-worthy. The drawing looks like a corrrigan editorial cartoon or something.

Una tristezza smartesst, solida. 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.

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Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

The reader is made into a psychiatrist who has to listen to this guy not the character, mind you, the author! Our Story Rao Pingru. RAW was the first comic book that I read that followed through on that idea completely, in both the images and the writing. Ware tells, the readers learn, the characters never find out. He will never be happy. Articles needing additional references from July All articles needing additional references Comics infobox image less caption Graphic novel pop.


This is a finely crafted, complex book that gets better with every chapter: When Brubaker zips back in time in Fatale, it’s a neat trick and we see some fun stories, but ultimately it doesn’t really matter and the story would be as worthwhile without the flashback.

I very much preferred the content of the more recent “Building Stories” by the same author, where the main character, despite being another sad sack, is presented in much more depth.

And compared to whom? Nov 05, Brendon Schrodinger rated it did not like it Shelves: Subisce le decisioni di chi gli sta intorno. The little horse, and buggy, and coffin were really tempting, but I refrained as my copy belongs to the library.

Jimmy Corrigan – The Smartest Kid on Earth

Ma il libro racconta nel contempo anche la storia speculare del nonno e del padre del nonno. With a little of both, I found that I could. As an adult, Jimmy receives dorrigan letter from his father, requesting a meeting and this is the point where the book takes off.

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

They err, we err—but does Ware ever err? The stories are simply drawn, without the gothic shadows and mad clutter of so many graphic novels, corrigxn the multiple timelines and digressions twist and slot together to form a structure as complex and improbable as any of Ware’s paper toys “for the friendless, the weak of heart and the ignored”.

And while the episodic, dragging nature of the novel was probably not helped by the fact that it did start its life as a comic strip, there have been many graphic novels that began as serial work that have done it much, much better. That leads me to perhaps my favorite thing about this book. People with eyes, brains, gasping capabilities.


Le innumerevoli vignette, piccolissime dettagliatissime, mostrano impietosamente le situazioni, le esitazioni, le sequenze, le sofferenze di Jimmy. The story was serialized in the alternative Chicago weekly newspaper Newcity and in Ware’s comic book Acme Novelty Library in issues 5—6, 8—9, and 11—14 from to I remember being really emotionally affected by RAW magazine, once I finally actually started looking at it.

Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

The two do very little together and Jimmy’s father, while well-intentioned, comes off to Jimmy as slightly racist sartest inconsiderate. He says it not with flowers, but with bacon: Oh, and Ware’s art is a consistent revelation. But keep plugging away.

thd Which is precisely why you ought to plunge in and get past your initial impression. Gradually Ware shifts the focus to Jimmy’s grandfather James, one of those desiccated old men who are too stubborn to die.