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Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid On Earth

Chris Ware

Reviewed by Lorenzo Princi
Jimmy Corrigan The Smartest Kid On Earth by Chris Ware
Cover Concept by Lorenzo Princi, 22 November 2012

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth is Chris Ware's meticulous work of comic strip genius, featuring spread after spread of beautifully designed and executed info-graphic style layouts depicting Jimmy's first meeting (at age 36) with his estranged father.

One of the most depressing books I have ever read about a sad, thirty six year old socially awkward loner with daddy issues who is suffocated by his needy mother.

Ware uses many interesting graphical devices throughout the book, including hiding the speech bubble to indicate background conversations and in some other curious passages, expertly blends into the narrative things that are not actually happening to give us insight into Jimmy's bizarre thoughts and fantasies.

A very accomplished piece of work by an amazing artists, through not exactly a fun page turner. Considering how cheap you can get a copy of this book it is definitely worth a read. Graphic Designers should consider getting themselves a copy as it has so many interesting forms and layouts to reference.