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Meet Dan Clowes' latest, most outspoken, creation.

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Daniel Clowes is the author of the seminal comic book series Eightball, which has been collected into the books Ghost World, Ice Haven and David Boring; the screenwriter of the major motion pictures Ghost World and Art School Confidential; and an illustrator for the New Yorker. He is married and lives in Oakland, CA.


Clowes (Ghost World) takes his particular brand of misanthropic misery to new levels of brilliance in this book, a series of one-page gags that show the divorced and lonely main character repeatedly attempting to engage with life, and then falling back into his hell of pessimism. Clowes uses a variety of drawing styles to depict Wilson and his world; sometimes he's highly realistic, other times he's an Andy Capp-style cartoon, but he's always the same downbeat guy. In one sketch titled "FL 1282," Wilson asks the kid seated next to him on a plane about his line of work. When the kid answers that he does "I.T. stuff," Wilson comes back at him with a mockingly satirical description of his own supposed work, using only initials. The last panel shows Wilson looking at a Spirit magazine and asking, "Christ, do you realize how ridiculous you sound?" Clearly, the comment is directed as much at himself as to the I.T. kid. This attitude of solipsistic despair is expressed incisively and cleverly, taking Wilson through a search for his ex-wife, Pippi, who has become a prostitute since leaving him, and their daughter, put up for adoption years earlier. Clowes offers another beautifully drawn slice of piercing social commentary. (Apr.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

A bona-fide cult hero * New Yorker *
Clowes has explored the tedium and mystery of contemporary life with more wit and insight than most novelists or filmmakers * The New York Times *

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