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Dycus, Dallas J. Chris Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan. Honing the Hybridity of the Graphic Novel. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publ. 2012. (206 S.) 
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Resource type: Book
Languages: englisch
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 1-4438-3527-7
BibTeX citation key: Dycus2012
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Keywords: "Jimmy Corrigan", Alternative Comics, USA, Ware. Chris
Creators: Dycus
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publ. (Newcastle upon Tyne)
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Abstract
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.

Table of Contents

List of Figures (ix)

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

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

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

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

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

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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