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  • Published: 2 June 2003
  • ISBN: 9780224063975
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 380
  • RRP: $55.00

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 and The American Book Award 2001.

Jimmy Corrigan has rightly been hailed as the greatest graphic novel ever to be published. It won the Guardian First Book Award 2001, the first graphic novel to win a major British literary prize.

It is the tragic autobiography of an office dogsbody in Chicago who one day meets the father who abandoned him as a child. With a subtle, complex and moving story and the drawings that are as simple and original as they are strikingly beautiful, Jimmy Corrigan is a book unlike any other and certainly not to be missed.


  • Published: 2 June 2003
  • ISBN: 9780224063975
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 380
  • RRP: $55.00

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

A bona fide masterpiece.

Strong Words

A mesmerising and heartbreaking tale of a heavily burdened and desperately unhappy individual, and the lasting influence of toxic family ties.

Evening Standard

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, author of Maus

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

A work of genius

Zadie Smith