In a 2001 article, RAYMOND BRIGGS hails Chris Ware’s graphic novel, Jimmy Corrigan
Jimmy Corrigan is certainly the greatest thing in strip cartoons since Krazy Kat and Little Nemo. The story is bleak and melancholic, dealing with failed relationships, child-beating, a father who walks out, abandoning his child in the huge Chicago fair, hopeless reunions, inarticulacy and loneliness.
The interiors and landscapes are also bleak, empty and soulless. Ghastly burger bars, drive-in take-aways, gas stations, supermarket car parks, hospitals and concrete blocks of flats. Yet these awful places take on an austere beauty. Many of the frames could be enlarged into huge paintings in the manner of Michael Andrews. Then, painted in oil, on canvas, very big, and hung in an art gallery, they would be taken as serious art, every bit as good as Roy Liechtenstein.