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The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist

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Throughout his 25-year career, alternative cartoonist/screenwriter Daniel Clowes has always been ahead of artistic and cultural movements. In the late 1980s his groundbreaking comic book series Eightball defined indie culture with wit, venom, and even a little sympathy. With each successive graphic novel (Ghost World, David Boring, Ice Haven, Wilson, Mister Wonderful ), Cl ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published March 14th 2012 by Harry N. Abrams
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"Every couple of years or so, when Daniel Clowes releases a new book, one can almost sense the rectal contraction across the collective seat of our humble profession." –Chris Ware

The same could be said for the readers of Clowes' work, too -- for excitement, instead! The Art of Daniel Clowes exceeded my expectations. We’re presented with an interview, personal life information, excerpts from his work, original illustrations, unpublished stuff, action-figures and tattoos inspired from his graphic
Absorbing a full-on collection of Clowe's work made me realize just how much I adore his flat, vibrant pop style, his compulsion towards the strange and absurd, and the unexpected ambivalence and delicacy of his characters. In addition to being able to better appreciate his art and the world of comics, the compendium also offered a view of the man behind the page--a solitary, intense Chicagoan, almost always captured involuntarily in photographs, with an unwavering dedication to his craft since ...more
Jordan Domoslai
I just want to be Daniel Clowes' best friend. Like his original best friend, before he had any other friends.
Bryce Holt
It's a great "life in images" book, but to be honest, I've never identified with Clowes' work. I always felt that, when I read something by him, the author was an overly-sexed weirdo who was really invested in the alternative-nerd counterculture, and though that may or may not be the case, this didn't seem to do anything to dispel the notion. What I did find, however, is that the guy whose life I was reading about was extremely interesting. I probably will never pick up another work by Clowes, b ...more
Mills College Library
741.5973 C648a 2012
Definitely enjoyed the retrospective approach to Clowes' body of work from his early childhood doodlings to his forays into the fields of album and poster design. What I could have used a wee bit less of were some of the deconstruction focused text passages that were an absolute slog to read through.
I love Dan Clowes and the first half of the book I really enjoyed. The second half where it goes more into depth about his later works like Wilson, David Boring, Ice Haven is just ok since I am a bigger fan of his Eightball stuff.
This is an outstanding retrospective of Clowes' work. I particularly loved the essay by Chris Ware; I felt invited as an awkward observer to their journeys and genius. (Also, it was a relevation to finally match Clowes up with the artwork on The Earwax Diner menus--of course!). Pick up this book and marvel.
A couple of the essays are a little much, but mostly this is a fascinating insight into Clowes and his work, with lavish and generous amounts of reproduced artwork and associated bits and pieces. Clowes is a genius, and this book is an absolute delight.
A beautiful book and a worthy subject, but I would have preferred more art and less analysis. Even fellow cartooning heavyweight Chris Ware has remarkably little of interest to say about Clowes.
Box Brown
Lots of amazing stuff. Still as a big fan I feel that it needed much more photos of Clowes studio, and rare and unpublished art and less reprints of old covers. Still, it's a cool book.
Bryony Gundy
A great collection of pictures, extracts, interviews etc that I found really satisfying and intriguing as a fan of Clowes work.
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