Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth

Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth

Book - 2000?
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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.
Publisher: [New York] : Pantheon Books, [2000?]
Edition: Graphic novel
ISBN: 9780375404535
0375404538
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : chiefly col. ill. ; 18 x 21 cm

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mclarjh
Jul 10, 2016

Boring, tedious, dull, and too long. Drab artwork, mostly in tiny panels, very hard (or impossible) to read text. Uninteresting story, unlikeable characters.

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Bill_SDPL
Jan 14, 2016

Perhaps my favorite graphic novel. And, dang son... that artwork. At times you'll feel like you're reading schematics or blueprints more than a comic book. So genius. But it's not a happy book by any means, though. Don't read this is you have depression issues--seriously. Ware captures the darker side of human emotion perfectly, but you might walk away thinking "It's terrible to be alive."

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MattPellerin
Jan 02, 2014

A masterpiece - a simply incredible read with the feeling that you are unfurling something special as you turn the pages.

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vfryzek
Aug 14, 2012

I don't get the title "The Smartest Kid on Earth" Should have been "36 year old virgin"
I can't really recommend this. I found it too long and boring but on The other hand the Graphic Art was Great. It seemed to be a partial experimental exercise in methods to display story information with graphic sequences.

Veepea Jan 04, 2012

One of my coworkers really loves this book so I read it and really did not love it. It's just not my type of story, but if you like painful and awkward real life stories this is your book. The artwork and attention to detail are the parts I enjoyed the most.

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Raiiner
Jun 30, 2011

Very intense, though I found it a bit difficult to get into at first.

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robbiepannell
Dec 04, 2010

Beautiful pages and a long story spanning generations. Chris Ware is a genius.

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cjenkins523
May 02, 2014

I guess we all make choices as to how we want to live, right?

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