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Library JournalJimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth is the semiautobiographical story of a pudgy, frail man who can find pleasure only in escapism and is subjected to cycles of rejection. Jimmy’s grandfather is abandoned as a child; Jimmy’s father abandons his family only to return, decades later, shortly before his death. Ware’s artwork is cluttered in an evocative way, simultaneously recalling old comics and the inner workings of a nervous mind, as he brilliantly contrasts his highly ornate style with the mundane—even boring—scenes of Jimmy’s life.
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