Book Review

Quimby the Mouse by Chris Ware

Quimby the Mouse by Chris Ware

The first thing that strikes you about the hardback of Chris Ware's collected ephemera Quimby The Mouse is what a sizeable (349mm by 280mm) and beautiful ("68 digitally-restored tabloid comic book pages"; both b&w and colour) object it is. The attention to detail is exactly what you would expect from an artist whose most famous work (the Guardian First Book Award winning Jimmy Corrigan - The Smartest Kid on Earth), whilst profoundly moving, often despairingly melancholy beneath its comedy sad mask, was all about little lives and the often tiny disappointments upon which they are built and fail.

Quimby collects work from the Acme Novelty Library and has some wonderful pieces. I found myself, initially, not really wanting to read Quimby but just to keep flicking through and looking at it. Jimmy Corrigan, notwithstanding the beautiful artwork (and it really is a beautiful book), is a great novel: Quimby is a fun, funny, brilliant comic: as the blurb says, "[c]leverly appropriated old-fashioned animation imagery and advertising styles of the 1920s and 1930s are put to use in Quimby the Mouse at the service of modern vignettes of angst and existentialism."

-- Reviewed by Mark Thwaite on 30/08/2004

Further Information
ISBN-10: 022407265X
ISBN-13: 9780224072656
Publisher: Jonathan Cape
Publication Date: 20/11/2003
Binding: Hardcover
Number of pages: 56

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