Book reviews : Welcome to the strip club

18th June 2004 at 01:00
The comic strip below is an appreciation of the latest issue of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern, the American literary journal. McSweeney's is also the outfit behind high-powered, innovative author events. Last October, McSweeney's contributors Zadie Smith and Nick Hornby were "in concert" at London's Barbican along with Brooklyn pop geniuses They Might Be Giants for a buffet of well-blended artistic flavours.

The latest volume of McSweeney's continues its cross-media enterprise, boasting comic artist Chris Ware as its guest editor and main contributor.

Ware is best known for Jimmy Corrigan, or the Smartest Kid on Earth, which won the Guardian First Book prize in 2001. It is a deeply moving saga of paternal estrangement across a century that stands among the best contemporary fiction.

That it seldom physically sits alongside other major literary works on the bookshelves is a reminder of the age-old prejudice that haunts this art form.nbsp;

Read more in this week's TES Friday magazine

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