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Book Club Thu Jun 10 2010

Jimmy Corrigan Discussion Questions

The Gapers Block Book Club is kicking off the summer months this Monday, June 14, at The Book Cellar with our discussion of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware. Below are some the questions we'll use to get the conversation started. Join us starting at 7:30pm. New member are always welcome!

1. How does Chris Ware's illustration style support the story?

2. How do you feel about the balance of dialogue/text and descriptive images? Is one more important than the other in telling the story?

3. How would you describe the family dynamics of the Corrigan men throughout the generations?

4. Is Jimmy Corrigan a hero of his own story? How does the book redefine the nature of heroism?

5. What role does the superhero play in the story? How does Ware play with the traditional comic book superhero clichés in Jimmy Corrigan?

6. Is it possible to tell the difference between dream and reality in Jimmy Corrigan?

7. How is the passage of time depicted in the novel?

8. What role does Chicago as a place fit into the story?

9. Throughout Jimmy Corrigan, Ware repeats images, panels and characters' actions in the story. How is repetition a theme of the novel?

10. What other themes does Ware keep coming back to?

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Tommaso Querini / October 7, 2013 3:31 AM

Here's a video I made about Jimmy Corrigan's Superhero Legacy! Check it out!

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