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CHRIS WARE • Acme Novelty Library iconic page featuring Jimmy Corrigan

CHRIS WARE • Acme Novelty Library iconic page featuring Jimmy Corrigan
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    CHRIS WARE • Acme Novelty Library iconic page featuring Jimmy Corrigan and father images

    Chris Ware is a celebrated and award-winning artist (including both Eisner and Harvey awards). Ware began his cartooning career while a student at the University of Texas, having strips such as Quimby the Mouse published by the Daily Texan. The Chicago-based artist been published in RAW, the New Yorker, the Sunday New York Times Magazine, Blab!, and in his own series, Acme Novelty Library. His graphic novel, Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth was called “one of the 10 best English language graphic novels ever written” by Time magazine.

    The top half of this iconic original page shows a variety of blacked-out faces, all purporting to be Jimmy Corrigan’s long-lost father as a reflective and sad-looking Corrigan in the bottom half waits forlornly in an airport waiting room holding a basket of fruit. This is a beautifully crafted early page, which reflects the strained relationship at the core of Ware’s epic story (see additional text below Provenance). Classic pages by Ware rarely come to market, and this is a special one.

    Medium/Size/Condition: Blue pencil, brush, pen, and ink on heavy Crescent illustration board measuring 15 x 23¾ inches.

    Price: $10,000

    Provenance: From the collection of James Kitchen.

    Mention of this page from key sequence in critical texts: “Jimmy Corrigan, the main protagonist Jimmy is portrayed as a lonely middle-aged man who does not have much going for him in his life. From the start of the novel it is prevalent that his father’s presence was absent during Jimmy’s childhood. Based on the dreams Jimmy has over the course of the novel, it can be seen the struggles he faces with coming to terms with his relationship with his father. Jimmy expresses his anxiety in meeting and getting to know his father. It appears that either he has never known his father or time has made him forget. Because of that, his mind started to create multiple case scenarios on how he thought his father would actually be like. While he was waiting at the airport for his father to pick him up, we are shown various depictions of men with their eyes censored. The fact that each of these figures call out a different greeting to Jimmy demonstrates the ambiguity he feels towards his father. The truth is he does not know anything about his father- physical features, personality, and his feelings for his son.” ---From Words & Images

    “Since Jimmy’s idealized fantasy father–figure fails him, he is left with the sixty–something–year–old man who contacts him unexpectedly to spend Thanksgiving with him. He is at quite a loss since he has not heard from this man in over two decades. James William Corrigan, it turns out––and not surprisingly––is not the most sensitive guy around. When his estranged son flies into the airport to meet this man for the first time in his memory, his father has lost track of the time and is in a bar watching a boxing match. Then, the first words out of his mouth are criticism about the way that he is using his crutch. Following, in the next several scenes we see him treat people thoughtlessly, and repeatedly make racist comments. However, one redeeming quality is that James has reached out to his son, Jimmy, in an attempt to somehow make reparation for the time that they have been apart.” ---Quote from “Sins of the Fathers: Oedipal Characteristics in Jimmy Corrigan” by D. J. Dycus