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Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

de Chris Ware

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Sèrie: The Acme Novelty Library (5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14)

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For five years Chris Ware has been drawing amazingly innovative 'comic strips' about a character called Jimmy Corrigan - a boy with the face of a disappointed old man. Jimmy Corrigan has rightly been hailed as the greatest comic/graphic novel ever to be published and is now available for the first time in paperback.… (més)
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Sometimes you come across a recommendation that wasn't positive at all but it sounds so intriguing you can't help yourself.

That was the case with this book. The booktuber who talked about this book couldn't read on because it disturbed her. And weirdly enough that made me want to check it out. Even though I do the same thing...

So I carried on reading the reviews... Best thing ever. A story that evoke such strong emotions.. Both negative and positive is one I must read.

Now I'm hoping I will finish it...
  Jonesy_now | Sep 24, 2021 |
I felt like I ought to give this four stars because people whose opinions I respect really like Ware. It was neat to see how much info he could convey in simple pictures, but the story itself was a little sluggish for me at times. I admire the work but don't love it. I'd give it 3.5 stars if that were an option. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
I’m re-reading it because the first time (several years ago) I didn’t fully appreciate it. It’s as if Sartre was done in comic book form. Artistic but full of tragedy, despair, sadness, angst, and ennui. To get the full effect, you should also be listening to Leonard Cohen songs while reading. Or maybe some dirges.

Many of the panels are brilliantly creative. The style is captivating, crisp, and powerful. I have no particular interest in graphic novels, but this one caught my attention and it’s the only one of that genre I own or have ever wanted to own.

The only real criticism is the size of the panels: too small for my old eyes to read all the writing without effort. A larger edition would have been more appropriate for me. ( )
  ichadwick | Dec 7, 2020 |
Only read a few pages and realized it wasn't for me. Writing too small, did not like illustrations or story line. Not for me.
  booklover3258 | Oct 18, 2020 |
I have read other graphic novels, but none with the quiet and lonely sadness that this book conveyed. I have read comic books where I skim the text and stare deeply at the pictures. I have also read comic books where I devour the text and almost skip over the pictures. Neither of these types were able to convince me that graphic novels are something more than the sum of the aforementioned parts. But this book was able to. It is a masterpiece for this reason. As it says on the cover (in a statement typical of the dry humor of the author): "Winner of the American Book Award and the Guardian Prize 2001 (the consumer will note that these honors are generally only bestowed on those authors who refuse to learn how to draw)"

And draw he did! Chris Ware's book is filled with gorgeous artwork, both geometric and very personal at once, as well as being art deco without being grandiose. The artist is very clean, and manages to go from having profuse detail in one frame to having a relatively featureless frame without either looking too busy. In addition, the artist has a great eye for framing. The comic looks almost like storyboard for film because of how successfully it employs dramatic framing, ominous headroom, cut aways, intercutting, close-ups, and other tropes that, as a film major in university, I was trained to look for in film. Occasional diagrams including information on a person's age, and from which parents they came, etc. were brilliant. The comic book also used a color language to convey memory or daydream, which was an interesting trope. Because the story was so haunting, the stilted "ha ha" lettering that representing laughter was awkward, and though at first I didn't like it, by the end I understood. This wasn't a book where laughing was supposed to be natural. In fact, it took me a while to get used to other aspects of the book. Sometimes, the frame layout wasn't intuitive, and so for about the first half of the book, I had to be conscious of which frame I would choose to read next, which is quite distracting. At that point, I was not enamored with the story. But once my eyes and brain adjusted to seeing such fragmented pages, and being able to quickly move from one frame to the next without much thought, I really enjoyed reading it.

The plot is very sad, and poor Jimmy is frightened at all times, and in all situations. Jimmy's time with the father he never knew is tragic and haunting. Jimmy's grandfather's childhood was the most compelling part of the book, seeing a lonely child deal with his terrible father and the cruelty of other children. And in the final pages, it is beautiful to see how all the strings of the story come together, in an almost cyclical way. ( )
  magonistarevolt | Apr 29, 2020 |
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Some will find Jimmy Corrigan slow and depressing; they will be wrong. It is thrilling, moving, profoundly sympathetic — and it is the most beautiful-looking book of the year.
 
In Ware's world, lost boys grow up (or fail to do so), turning into lost men. Grey waves of depression cascade endlessly down though lost generations. No feel- good endings here: what prevents the bleakness of Ware's vision from overwhelming the reader in a flood of cosmic pessimism is the sheer craftsmanship, imagination, inventiveness and compassion with which it is realised.
 
While so many similar projects are little more than strings of striking images, Jimmy Corrigan forces you to pause, flick back a few pages and read again, rewarding you with another insight, another overdue connection. It is a rare and uplifting example of an artistic vision pushed to the limits.
 

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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Chris Wareautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Janiš, ViktorTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat

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DEDICATION (dĕd'ə-kā'shən) n. In this semi-autobiographical work of fiction, I fear I may have potentially impugned (at least, perhaps, in a careless, reader's comprehension of the book) some "real life" alter-egos, most notable of whom might be my mother, who, being thoughtful, intelligent, and supportive woman thus bears no resemblance whatsoever to the miserable wretch who dominates poor Jimmy. As such, this book is dedicated to her, especially as it is wholly characterized by her absence.
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For five years Chris Ware has been drawing amazingly innovative 'comic strips' about a character called Jimmy Corrigan - a boy with the face of a disappointed old man. Jimmy Corrigan has rightly been hailed as the greatest comic/graphic novel ever to be published and is now available for the first time in paperback.

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