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The Comics of Chris Ware$
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David M. Ball and Martha B. Kuhlman

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734423

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734423.001.0001

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Autobiography with Two Heads: Quimby the Mouse

Autobiography with Two Heads: Quimby the Mouse

(p.159) Autobiography with Two Heads: Quimby the Mouse
The Comics of Chris Ware

Benjamin Widiss

University Press of Mississippi

Chris Ware is known for his fascination with modes of representing (and complicating) temporal progress, which can be attributed to his highly self-conscious and theoretical approach to the comics medium. This is evident in two of his works, Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth and Quimby the Mouse. In the latter, Ware amplifies not only its autobiographical content but also the potential of autobiography itself. This chapter offers a reading of Quimby the Mouse to understand the connections between the slapstick antics of the Quimby comics and the autobiographical essay woven throughout the volume. Drawing on the autobiographical criticism of Philippe Lejeune, it argues that Quimby the Mouse is a multilayered disquisition on the interlocking categories of self, artwork, and time.

Keywords:   comics, Chris Ware, Quimby the Mouse, autobiography, Philippe Lejeune, self, artwork, time

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