Monday, October 09, 2006

Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth

by Chris Ware
Chris Ware is almost more of a graphic designer than a comic book artist. His creations have the look and feel of early 20th-century publications - painstaking ornamental flourishes and tiny lead-type novelty advertisements - but the ache of postmodern despair. Jimmy Corrigan is sometimes portrayed as a kid, sometimes as a lonely middle-aged man. His drawings are so intricate and precise - I feel as if, once more, I'm wearing glasses for the first time, able to see incredible details I've missed for years.

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