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  • Published: 2 June 2003
  • ISBN: 9780224063975
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 380
  • RRP: $39.99

Jimmy Corrigan

The Smartest Kid on Earth

The most ambitious, beautiful, moving 'comic book' ever produced: an astonishing tour de force that won the Guardian First Book Award 2001

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.

  • Pub date: 2 June 2003
  • ISBN: 9780224063975
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 380
  • RRP: $39.99

About the Author

Chris Ware

Chris Ware lives in Oak Park, Chicago, Illinois. His books include Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth, which won the Guardian First Book Award in 2001, Building Stories and most recently Monograph, which is part memoir, part retrospective of his career to date. He has won countless awards for his work and has been the subject of several museum exhibitions and scholarly monographs. His work appears regularly in the New Yorker.

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Praise for Jimmy Corrigan

“Jimmy Corrigan is certainly the greatest thing in strip cartoons since Krazy Kat and Little Nemo.”

Raymond Briggs

“Ware is the most versatile and innovative artist the medium has known - arguably the greatest achievement of the form ever.”

Dave Eggers, New York Times Book Review

“This new book seems to be another milestone in the demonstration of what comics can be.”

Art Spiegelman

“Chris Ware has produced a book as beautiful as any published this year, but also one which challenges us to think again about what literature is and where it is going.”

Claire Armitstead, Guardian

“Perhaps best read in a single sitting, Jimmy Corrigan is perceptive, poetic, and sometimes profound, generously rewarding the absorption it requires.”


“Jimmy Corrigan is a dazzlingly handsome book with every detail lovingly attended to. The book is demanding, disturbing, funny and exciting. Oh yes, and essential.”

Time Out

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