Jimmy Corrigan seems like he is racing against time. Jimmy is constantly reminding himself that he is growing older and may end up alone in the world. Everything in the town his dad lives in must remind him of this. Furthermore the depressing mood set in this comic is enhanced by the fact that it is winter and we are always reminded of it through the picturing of the leafless trees and Jimmy and his dad always wear thick flannel and sweater-vests.
Jimmy seems like an old person, not only in age but in emotional demeanor. Just take one look at that nearly bald head and droopy face. When he walks he seems to just drag himself along all hunched over and looking at the ground.Time must have been cruel to Jimmy; he works at his hum-drum job in his drab, undecorated cubicle with one lone picture taped to the wall. This picture, to me speaks volumes because most everyone has a few pictures of their kids or wife in the cubicle or place of work. Moreover, you would at least think he would have more than a single photo and what looks like a stress ball-like animal thing. When I found out he was 36, I was very surprised but then that reaffirmed my initial impressions because he looks like he should be in his mid to late 50s.
This is a major and recurring theme all throughout the book, especially on the postcard page. All the buildings pictured look boring and run-of-the-mill or even old and run-down. There are also no people in the postcards making the town look aged or dead, which is also a major theme in the book. There seems to be a weird fascination with death in the book especially with the death of Jimmy’s grandfather’s grandma in the late nineteenth century and the death of Jimmy’s dad later in the book, but less attention is given to it.
Jimmy is further reminded of his agedness when he breaks his leg and is restricted to using a crutch for almost the duration of the story. One could theorize that because he doesn’t have a wife or girlfriend to take care of him, he could have become even more morose. This also makes him look like an older person because it slows him down further and forces him to use a crutch.
I have also noticed that nearly every meal Jimmy eats with his dad is eaten out and they eat out a lot. This can mean two things, the first of which is that they have nobody to cook for them, they are now alone so there is no reason to cook because they are the last two members of their family. The second reason is that it gives them something to do; some way to kill a decent amount of time. It’s over a meal where most of the important dialogue between Jimmy and his dad take place.
Jimmy’s loneliness is taking a severe toll on not only his social and mental health but his physical health too. The stress of trying to find a girlfriend is making him old.