Daniel Clowes – Eightball (1989-2004)

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Eightball is an alternative comic book series written and drawn by Daniel Clowes. The first issue was published by Fantagraphics Books in 1989. It has, since the 1990s, consistently been among the best-selling independently authored comics.

Alienation is a recurring theme in the series. Clowes is also known for nuanced dialog and character delineation that is distinctly at odds with the broad approach stereotypically associated with comics.

The first extended piece serialized in Eightball was Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron. This work featured a disjointed, surrealistic storyline. Subsequently, Eightball has featured fewer short comedic and surreal stories in favor of longer storylines with more focus on character and interpersonal relationships. Ghost World, released as a graphic novel after being serialized in Eightball, is an example of this later approach. Ghost World was adapted by Clowes into a full-length feature film; Clowes (with his collaborator, director Terry Zwigoff) was nominated for an Academy Award for screenplay writing. Continue reading

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Daniel Clowes – Ghost World (1997)

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from the Fantagraphics website:
“Ghost World avoids all the clichés of the gen-X genre, presenting a melancholy, affecting portrait of two teen-age girls, best friends whose intertwined lives afford them a certain sanity, while the threat of separation brings home the tenuousnes of their shared reality.”

“[Clowes] demonstrates that the medium, in the hands of an expert, can generate narratives as complex and textured as any work of fiction”
—SPIN ONLINE

“Clowes’s comics unsettlingly combine scathing hilarity and queasy, misanthropic nastiness.”
—WORLD ART

“Clowes creates serious dramatic work that happens to be in comics form… It could well make him the famous artist that he might not want to be.”
—PRINT

“[Clowes] spells out the realities of teen angst as powerfully and authentically as Salinger did in Catcher and the Rye for an earlier generation.”
—VILLAGE VOICE Continue reading

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