Jimmy Corrigan: the smartest kid on earth

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Pantheon Books, Apr 29, 2003 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 380 pages
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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I was very confused at first and not really sure I would like this at all. Then about halfway in I started to pick up the cadence of the story and was carried away. Read full review

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graphic novel, excellent story of a boy growing up angry Read full review


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About the author (2003)

Bill Blackbeard, the founder-director of the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum, is the world's foremost authority on early 20th Century American comic strips. As a freelance writer, Blackbeard wrote, edited or contributed to more than 200 books on cartoons and comic strips, including "The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics", "100 Years of Comic Strips", and the "Krazy & Ignatz" series.