Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan: Honing the Hybridity of the Graphic Novel

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Without a doubt Chris Ware is one of the preeminent creators of comics today. He is a brilliant figure in a generation of extraordinarily talented people. Granted, there are a lot of innovators in the field right now, but no one else in the last seventy years has explored the capabilities of the genre to the same extent as has Ware. His genius, in part, comes from his interest in and understanding of the past accomplishments of figures such as George Herriman and Winsor McCay. One might even say that much of his ...

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Overview

Without a doubt Chris Ware is one of the preeminent creators of comics today. He is a brilliant figure in a generation of extraordinarily talented people. Granted, there are a lot of innovators in the field right now, but no one else in the last seventy years has explored the capabilities of the genre to the same extent as has Ware. His genius, in part, comes from his interest in and understanding of the past accomplishments of figures such as George Herriman and Winsor McCay. One might even say that much of his work is somewhat archaeological in nature: he is interested in a reclamation of the past. Rather than merely excavating the achievements of past masters for the sake of history, however. Ware is also fortifying, expanding, and enriching comics so that it might flourish in the present.

This work begins with a broad examination of the nature of comics. First by briefly discussing the cognitive operations involved in processing this hybrid medium, then by surveying the generic branches of comics, and then by offering an historic examination of its contemporary development, which goes back as far as the sixteenth century. Next is an analysis of comics in relation to literature, film, and the visual arts. Comics utilizes elements from all of these, but it also offers a unique narrative experience.

This book primarily focuses upon Ware's magnum opus to date, Jimmy Corrigan. It contextualizes his work within developments in comics over the last fifty years, as well as comparing him to other prominent figures such as Will Eisner, Art Spiegelman, Daniel Clowes, Alan Moore, Neil Gaiman, Lynda Barry, and Frank Miller.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781443835275
  • Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2012
  • Pages: 215
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

DJ Dycus, PhD, is Professor of English and Humanities at Point University in West Point, Georgia, USA, where he teaches freshman composition, literature, and interdisciplinary courses.
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Table of Contents

List of Figures ix

Chapter 1 Introduction to Comics 1

The Fundamental Nature of this Thing Called Comics

What's in a Name?

Broad Overview of Comics' Historical Development

Brief Survey of Recent Criticism

Conclusion

Chapter 2 Comics' Place Within the Artistic Landscape 33

Introduction

Comics' Relationship to Literature

The Relationship of Comics to Film

Comics' Relationship to the Visual Arts

Conclusion

Chapter 3 Chris Ware and Jimmy Corrigan: An Introduction 73

Introduction

Chris Ware's Background and Beginnings in Comics

Cartooning versus Drawing

The Tone of Chris Ware's Work

Symbolism in Jimmy Corrigan

Ware's Use of Color

Chris Ware's Visual Design

Chris Ware's Use of the Past

The Pacing of Ware's Comics

Conclusion

Chapter 4 Jimmy Corrigan and the Advent of the Politicized Graphic Novel 105

Introduction

Comic Books as Counter Culture: Underground Comix

"Ego Absolvo": The Confessional Graphic Novel

Taking a Stand: The Socio-political Graphic Novel

Conclusion

Chapter 5 Jimmy Corrigan: A Diffidently Gothic Tale 139

Introduction

The Family (dys)Fun(ction) of Gothic

Living with the Past

Gothic Monstrosity: Where Are Our Sympathies to Lie?

Coming of Age in a Haunted World: Gothic as Bildungsroman

The Brightly-lit Gothic Tale

Conclusion

Chapter 6 Conclusion: Comics' Present and Future 175

The Struggle for Acceptance

Comics to Save the Day? The Crisis in Reading

Comics' Cultural Influence

The Contributions of Chris Ware

The Future of Comics: Shifting Attitudes

The Future of Comics: New Technology

The Future of Comics: New Paths of Progress

The Future of Comics: Cultural Expansion

The Future of Comics: Criticism

Works Cited 197

Index 205

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