Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

Alfred A. Knopf Publishers, New York, New York, 2000

Description

As editor of this book my role was to leave Chris Ware free of the dull restrictions and hand-wringing anxieties that are usually imposed on book designers working for large corporations. In this respect I was mostly successful, but not without hair-raising moments—such as gently explaining to the editor-in-chief of Knopf why this jacket not only omitted the author’s name from the front (Mr. Ware is famously self-effacing) but also deconstructed the title into a kaleidescopic whirl. Ultimately he agreed that it was so beautiful and ingeniously conceived that it didn’t matter. And we were right—the book is in its fourth printing.

Collections: 50 Books/50 Covers of 2000
Discipline: Book design
Format: Book

Credits

Design firm
Alfred A. Knopf Publishers
Art director
Chip Kidd
Designers
Chip Kidd, Chris Ware
Illustrator
Chris Ware
Production coordinator
Andy Hughes
Trim size
8 x 6 1/2
Pages
380
Quantity printed
25,000
Compositor
Chris Ware
Printer/binder
Toppan Printing
Paper
70 lb. OK Bright
Binding method
Sewn
Binding materials
86 lb. TopKote gloss/matte with foil stamp
Endpapers
Printed 4/4 on 70 lb.
Jacket designer
Chris Ware
Author
Chris Ware
Publisher
Pantheon Books
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