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Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (Edition unknown) by Ware, Chris [Paperback(2003??]
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (Edition unknown) by Ware, Chris [Paperback(2003??]
by N/A
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars This is a real labour of love that deserves a Thumbs Up!, 23 Aug 2014
Autobiography, and more unusually Literary Fiction, are rarely seen in graphic novels. This bold endeavour combines both. Originally a newspaper strip running for over five years this mammoth examination of father/ son connections explores several generations of the same family largely using two different time periods.

The episodic nature of its origins presents a series of scenes or tableaus without commentary or judgement but with brutal honesty allowing us to see just how painfully uncomfortable relationships and familial interaction can be. There is a bit of monologue or narration but usually we are left, just as with real human beings, to puzzle out what is going on for ourselves.

You can sense Ware growing as a writer as it is not until the last third of the book that he really discovers just how poignant and moving this medium can actually become. There are some of the Ware trademarks such as cut outs and fake instructional manuals but these are rare.

The art is more illustrative than cartoonish. With a limited palette and limited dimensions (but good perspective) he creates his own distinctive style. Everything is very tidy and deliberate with no sketching or rough textures visible. He also loves tiny panels and tiny lettering which can slow you down as you are forced to stop and squint. Ware also develops his own visual vocabulary using different styles and colours to indicate memories, thoughts and even exposition.

This work relies on the reader working hard and investing in something that is more art than literature. But it is just as easy to enter this story if you have never read a comic as if you were fluent in what has gone before.

This is a real labour of love that deserves a Thumbs Up!


Jimmy Corrigan
Jimmy Corrigan
by ChrisWare
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars This is a real labour of love that deserves a Thumbs Up!, 23 Aug 2014
This review is from: Jimmy Corrigan (Paperback)
Autobiography, and more unusually Literary Fiction, are rarely seen in graphic novels. This bold endeavour combines both. Originally a newspaper strip running for over five years this mammoth examination of father/ son connections explores several generations of the same family largely using two different time periods.

The episodic nature of its origins presents a series of scenes or tableaus without commentary or judgement but with brutal honesty allowing us to see just how painfully uncomfortable relationships and familial interaction can be. There is a bit of monologue or narration but usually we are left, just as with real human beings, to puzzle out what is going on for ourselves.

You can sense Ware growing as a writer as it is not until the last third of the book that he really discovers just how poignant and moving this medium can actually become. There are some of the Ware trademarks such as cut outs and fake instructional manuals but these are rare.

The art is more illustrative than cartoonish. With a limited palette and limited dimensions (but good perspective) he creates his own distinctive style. Everything is very tidy and deliberate with no sketching or rough textures visible. He also loves tiny panels and tiny lettering which can slow you down as you are forced to stop and squint. Ware also develops his own visual vocabulary using different styles and colours to indicate memories, thoughts and even exposition.

This work relies on the reader working hard and investing in something that is more art than literature. But it is just as easy to enter this story if you have never read a comic as if you were fluent in what has gone before.

This is a real labour of love that deserves a Thumbs Up!


Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Ware, Chris ( 2003 )
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Ware, Chris ( 2003 )

4.0 out of 5 stars This is a real labour of love that deserves a Thumbs Up!, 23 Aug 2014
Autobiography, and more unusually Literary Fiction, are rarely seen in graphic novels. This bold endeavour combines both. Originally a newspaper strip running for over five years this mammoth examination of father/ son connections explores several generations of the same family largely using two different time periods.

The episodic nature of its origins presents a series of scenes or tableaus without commentary or judgement but with brutal honesty allowing us to see just how painfully uncomfortable relationships and familial interaction can be. There is a bit of monologue or narration but usually we are left, just as with real human beings, to puzzle out what is going on for ourselves.

You can sense Ware growing as a writer as it is not until the last third of the book that he really discovers just how poignant and moving this medium can actually become. There are some of the Ware trademarks such as cut outs and fake instructional manuals but these are rare.

The art is more illustrative than cartoonish. With a limited palette and limited dimensions (but good perspective) he creates his own distinctive style. Everything is very tidy and deliberate with no sketching or rough textures visible. He also loves tiny panels and tiny lettering which can slow you down as you are forced to stop and squint. Ware also develops his own visual vocabulary using different styles and colours to indicate memories, thoughts and even exposition.

This work relies on the reader working hard and investing in something that is more art than literature. But it is just as easy to enter this story if you have never read a comic as if you were fluent in what has gone before.

This is a real labour of love that deserves a Thumbs Up!


Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Ware, Chris published by Pantheon (2003)
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Ware, Chris published by Pantheon (2003)
by N/A
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars This is a real labour of love that deserves a Thumbs Up!, 23 Aug 2014
Autobiography, and more unusually Literary Fiction, are rarely seen in graphic novels. This bold endeavour combines both. Originally a newspaper strip running for over five years this mammoth examination of father/ son connections explores several generations of the same family largely using two different time periods.

The episodic nature of its origins presents a series of scenes or tableaus without commentary or judgement but with brutal honesty allowing us to see just how painfully uncomfortable relationships and familial interaction can be. There is a bit of monologue or narration but usually we are left, just as with real human beings, to puzzle out what is going on for ourselves.

You can sense Ware growing as a writer as it is not until the last third of the book that he really discovers just how poignant and moving this medium can actually become. There are some of the Ware trademarks such as cut outs and fake instructional manuals but these are rare.

The art is more illustrative than cartoonish. With a limited palette and limited dimensions (but good perspective) he creates his own distinctive style. Everything is very tidy and deliberate with no sketching or rough textures visible. He also loves tiny panels and tiny lettering which can slow you down as you are forced to stop and squint. Ware also develops his own visual vocabulary using different styles and colours to indicate memories, thoughts and even exposition.

This work relies on the reader working hard and investing in something that is more art than literature. But it is just as easy to enter this story if you have never read a comic as if you were fluent in what has gone before.

This is a real labour of love that deserves a Thumbs Up!


Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth 1st (first) Edition by Ware, Chris published by Pantheon (2000)
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth 1st (first) Edition by Ware, Chris published by Pantheon (2000)
by N/A
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars This is a real labour of love that deserves a Thumbs Up!, 23 Aug 2014
Autobiography, and more unusually Literary Fiction, are rarely seen in graphic novels. This bold endeavour combines both. Originally a newspaper strip running for over five years this mammoth examination of father/ son connections explores several generations of the same family largely using two different time periods.

The episodic nature of its origins presents a series of scenes or tableaus without commentary or judgement but with brutal honesty allowing us to see just how painfully uncomfortable relationships and familial interaction can be. There is a bit of monologue or narration but usually we are left, just as with real human beings, to puzzle out what is going on for ourselves.

You can sense Ware growing as a writer as it is not until the last third of the book that he really discovers just how poignant and moving this medium can actually become. There are some of the Ware trademarks such as cut outs and fake instructional manuals but these are rare.

The art is more illustrative than cartoonish. With a limited palette and limited dimensions (but good perspective) he creates his own distinctive style. Everything is very tidy and deliberate with no sketching or rough textures visible. He also loves tiny panels and tiny lettering which can slow you down as you are forced to stop and squint. Ware also develops his own visual vocabulary using different styles and colours to indicate memories, thoughts and even exposition.

This work relies on the reader working hard and investing in something that is more art than literature. But it is just as easy to enter this story if you have never read a comic as if you were fluent in what has gone before.

This is a real labour of love that deserves a Thumbs Up!


Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Ware, Chris (2001)
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Ware, Chris (2001)
by Chris Ware
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars This is a real labour of love that deserves a Thumbs Up!, 23 Aug 2014
Autobiography, and more unusually Literary Fiction, are rarely seen in graphic novels. This bold endeavour combines both. Originally a newspaper strip running for over five years this mammoth examination of father/ son connections explores several generations of the same family largely using two different time periods.

The episodic nature of its origins presents a series of scenes or tableaus without commentary or judgement but with brutal honesty allowing us to see just how painfully uncomfortable relationships and familial interaction can be. There is a bit of monologue or narration but usually we are left, just as with real human beings, to puzzle out what is going on for ourselves.

You can sense Ware growing as a writer as it is not until the last third of the book that he really discovers just how poignant and moving this medium can actually become. There are some of the Ware trademarks such as cut outs and fake instructional manuals but these are rare.

The art is more illustrative than cartoonish. With a limited palette and limited dimensions (but good perspective) he creates his own distinctive style. Everything is very tidy and deliberate with no sketching or rough textures visible. He also loves tiny panels and tiny lettering which can slow you down as you are forced to stop and squint. Ware also develops his own visual vocabulary using different styles and colours to indicate memories, thoughts and even exposition.

This work relies on the reader working hard and investing in something that is more art than literature. But it is just as easy to enter this story if you have never read a comic as if you were fluent in what has gone before.

This is a real labour of love that deserves a Thumbs Up!


Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
by Chris Ware
Edition: Paperback
Price: 11.89

4.0 out of 5 stars This is a real labour of love that deserves a Thumbs Up!, 23 Aug 2014
Autobiography, and more unusually Literary Fiction, are rarely seen in graphic novels. This bold endeavour combines both. Originally a newspaper strip running for over five years this mammoth examination of father/ son connections explores several generations of the same family largely using two different time periods.

The episodic nature of its origins presents a series of scenes or tableaus without commentary or judgement but with brutal honesty allowing us to see just how painfully uncomfortable relationships and familial interaction can be. There is a bit of monologue or narration but usually we are left, just as with real human beings, to puzzle out what is going on for ourselves.

You can sense Ware growing as a writer as it is not until the last third of the book that he really discovers just how poignant and moving this medium can actually become. There are some of the Ware trademarks such as cut outs and fake instructional manuals but these are rare.

The art is more illustrative than cartoonish. With a limited palette and limited dimensions (but good perspective) he creates his own distinctive style. Everything is very tidy and deliberate with no sketching or rough textures visible. He also loves tiny panels and tiny lettering which can slow you down as you are forced to stop and squint. Ware also develops his own visual vocabulary using different styles and colours to indicate memories, thoughts and even exposition.

This work relies on the reader working hard and investing in something that is more art than literature. But it is just as easy to enter this story if you have never read a comic as if you were fluent in what has gone before.

This is a real labour of love that deserves a Thumbs Up!


Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
by Chris Ware
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 13.60

4.0 out of 5 stars This is a real labour of love that deserves a Thumbs Up!, 23 Aug 2014
Autobiography, and more unusually Literary Fiction, are rarely seen in graphic novels. This bold endeavour combines both. Originally a newspaper strip running for over five years this mammoth examination of father/ son connections explores several generations of the same family largely using two different time periods.

The episodic nature of its origins presents a series of scenes or tableaus without commentary or judgement but with brutal honesty allowing us to see just how painfully uncomfortable relationships and familial interaction can be. There is a bit of monologue or narration but usually we are left, just as with real human beings, to puzzle out what is going on for ourselves.

You can sense Ware growing as a writer as it is not until the last third of the book that he really discovers just how poignant and moving this medium can actually become. There are some of the Ware trademarks such as cut outs and fake instructional manuals but these are rare.

The art is more illustrative than cartoonish. With a limited palette and limited dimensions (but good perspective) he creates his own distinctive style. Everything is very tidy and deliberate with no sketching or rough textures visible. He also loves tiny panels and tiny lettering which can slow you down as you are forced to stop and squint. Ware also develops his own visual vocabulary using different styles and colours to indicate memories, thoughts and even exposition.

This work relies on the reader working hard and investing in something that is more art than literature. But it is just as easy to enter this story if you have never read a comic as if you were fluent in what has gone before.

This is a real labour of love that deserves a Thumbs Up!


The Acme Novelty Library
The Acme Novelty Library
by Chris Ware
Edition: Hardcover

5.0 out of 5 stars A true labour of love and a valuable work of art. Double Thumbs Up!, 23 Aug 2014
Bloody hell! This isn’t your usual comic that provides entertainment or escapism. This is an alternative comic, an art comic, a muse on the human condition, a work of pictorial philosophy, and an unkind mirror for our souls.

The book is 23cm x 38cm. It is a massive hardback tome yet the majority of the text and panels that appear are tiny. A lot of them smaller than your thumbnail. The strips are never more than a page long and at first glance are nonsensical. But a deeper look detects a small comment or theme usually decrying man’s destructive, petty, uncaring nature. Some of them like “Rusty Brown” – an action figure collector - have a recurring character we can identify with, and deplore and pity in equal measure. Even his life isn’t presented in order so we have to work out where in his timeline he is.

Along with cartoon strips there are also fake advertisements for ethereal concepts such as art, contentment, and big wide open spaces. These are done in the style of classified adverts that have been seen from the nineteenth century up to the present day. The star of the show is the inside cover of “fabulous prizes.” An almost perfect reproduction of the novelties on offer inside every comic book when you were a kid, yet skilfully twisted into a brutal statement about the Western world and its poor treatment of developing nations.

There is also a fictitious history of the Acme Novelty Company with fake depression-era photos. It is a bone-dry filibuster designed solely to suck time from your life and make you realise how much of your time is wasted, even in this digital information age we live in.

Even though you won’t, there are plenty of cut out things to make – as if you would risk tampering with this work of art. Little flick books and miniature playhouses and the kinds of things that would amuse children in simpler times.

This is a long read and once you get the idea you may be tempted to skip over large chunks of the text based pages to find something more accessible to you. This work will stay with you. Not as a moving, emotional experience but as hollow void that nihilistically echoes the failings of humanity. Or thereabouts. Maybe just a nagging thought of “what did it all mean?”

A true labour of love and a valuable work of art. Double Thumbs Up!


Ice Haven by Clowes, Daniel (2005) Hardcover
Ice Haven by Clowes, Daniel (2005) Hardcover
by Daniel Clowes
Edition: Hardcover

4.0 out of 5 stars Thumbs Up!, 23 Aug 2014
This is one of those indie comics. Something you feel you should be reading but are terrified you won’t “get.” Its purpose isn’t to entertain and provide escapism but rather to make you think, and hopefully feel, what the author is talking about.

It is a scrapbook of themes and emotions tied together by a group of separate characters who live in the same town. It deals with the feelings we all have such as confusion, rejection, doubt and the changes that life exposes us too. It may speak more to the creative individual as a number of the characters are writers, frustrated or otherwise, and there is a comic book critic that will definitely make you smile.

There is a mystery if you want something more straightforward to cling to, more than one in fact, but the author leaves you to imagine their conclusions should you choose too. Ultimately this is a series of vignettes about emotions, mostly painful ones. It is like a photo album of feelings that can draw you back to your own experiences of the human condition.

The art is great and uses a plethora of well-chosen styles. The adults are drawn realistically and the children more cartoonish. There is a great use of monochrome, unusual panel shapes, handwriting and other tools expertly employed. One of the genius touches is the lettering. Where a character is not listening to a conversation or something appears in the background the speech bubble will be cut in half by the edge of the panel or be lost underneath other text. This is a powerful technique that places us in the mind and mood of the current protagonist.

The book is a tough hardback on lovely thick paper in small landscape format. When you open the book it gets very wide indeed and is a very different tactile experience. A great example of presentation.

Thumbs Up!


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