The first and now critically-acclaimed book from Chicago artist Chris Ware. A lonely and emotionally impaired everyman, Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, is provided with the opportunity to meet his father for the first time when he is 36 years old. The story, set in 1890s Chicago and 1980s small-town Michigan, is told in hundreds of small, precisely drawn panels that regularly expand to reveal stunning draughtsmanship, and supported by fold-out instructions, an index, paper cutouts and beautifully drawn period adverts.
"This haunting and unshakable book will change the way you look at your world. Ware captures landscapes made to flatten emotion--a clinic shrouded in snow, a sterile apartment complex--and yet shows the reader the meaning and even beauty in every glimpse from a highway, every snippet of small talk." --"Time" magazine
"JIMMY CORRIGAN pushes the form of comics into unexpected formal and emotional territory." --"Chicago Tribune
""Graphically inventive, wonderfully realized...[JIMMY CORRIGAN] is wonderfully illustrated in full color, and Ware's spare, iconic drawing style can render vivid architectural complexity or movingly capture the stark despondency of an unloved child." --"Publishers Weekly" (starred review)
""Ware's use of words is sparing, and at times maudlin. But the real joy is his art. It's stunning. In terms of attention to detail, graceful use of color, and overall design--Ware has no peer. And while each panel is relentlessly polished--never an errant line or lazily rendered image--his drawings, somehow, remain delicate and achingly lyrical." --Dave Eggers, in the "New York Times Book Review
"From the Hardcover edition."
CHRIS WARE is widely acknowledged as the most gifted and beloved cartoonist of his generation by both his mother and seven-year-old daughter. "Building Stories," released in 2012, received 4 Eisner Awards, including Best Graphic Album, in 2013. His "Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth" won the Guardian First Book Award and was listed as one of the "100 Best Books of the Decade" by "The Times" (London) in 2009. An irregular contributor to "This American Life" and "The New Yorker ("where some of the pages of this book first appeared) his original drawings have been exhibited in the Whitney Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and in piles behind his work table in Oak Park, Illinois.