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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Review: Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware | Books | The Guardian

Billy Batson discovered the wizard who would teach him how to transform into the super-powered hero, Captain Marvel making good on nearly every boyhood fantasy of being empowered and able to wzre both mom and dad! Ma il libro racconta nel contempo anche la storia sp La triste solitudine del perdente Inizio con il dire che non credo di avere mai letto una graphic novel o dovrei dire romanzo?

With a subtle, complex and moving story and the drawings Jimmy Corrigan has rightly been hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever to be published. I cannot empathise with the character at all. It is even past. But he has had little to smile about in his life, having lived with an abusive, and then absent, father.

Mar 05, Kayfor4me rated it liked it. The Language of Comics: No matter how unnecessary you or others find you for whatever local and contingent sociohistorical reason, your sare to create and share the creation is a fundamental human drive. The big plot, though, is twofold.


Book ratings by Goodreads. So that was the initial emphasis for the story.

Daddy, I hardly knew you

After an ill-timed phone call, Jimmy agrees to earty his father without telling his mother. The only person who even tries to connect with him is his mother, and Jimmy finds her such a burden that he buys an answering machine to keep her at bay.

When you read the book you bring him to life, and that is the meanest thing you can do to him. They err, we err—but does Ware ever err?

The Smartest Kid on Earth has been touted as the single book that ignited the renaissance of popularity and social acceptability in graphic novels in America; it was almost certainly the first to be widely discussed in entertainment magazines and on National Public Radio. Ware seems to know just how many and which specific details will best match the mood of the moment. And grim accounts of terrible fathers who beget terrible fathers, etc, sexist men, racist men, from the late ‘s through ‘s.

I’m sorry, I guess I’m one of those who just didn’t get it. It’s a question that nags away at the deserted kid. This book is a pictoral expression of pain, discomfort, and trauma with a narrative attached. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Maybe I will be writing about again in 15 years. I’ve read my fair waer of graphic jimmh though less than I shouldand Chris Ware is still the one who touches me deepest. View all 15 comments. Aug 26, David Schaafsma rated it it was amazing Shelves: And while this smartedt matter gets mined to death, it kod here.


This book is like the Catcher in the Rye for graphic novels. Chicken with Plums Marjane Satrapi. Trivia About Jimmy Corrigan, t Paperbackpages.

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

But by the time we know him as an adult, we have met him as a child and it’s impossible to despise him. Seth, Chester Brown, others, all sad sack storytellers, help us see the lives of people we don’t read about in much fiction.

Works Cited Groth, Gary. This semi-autobiographical story about a character who is the caricature of insecurity is not endearing, not warm-hearted, not empathetic, not interesting, not inspirational, and not even “sad” or “depressing”, like many reviewers say it is, because that would imply that this work is able to elicit some kind of emotion or empathy.

The afterward is also amazing, making it clear that this work is his attempt to move beyond the alt comics he had been doing to venture into semi-autobiographical fiction touching on issues regarding his absent father, who after decades, finally met with him.

That said, I’ve never even come close to abandoning one before.