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David Boring

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  5,617 ratings  ·  206 reviews
Meet David Boring: a nineteen-year-old security guard with a tortured innner life and an obsessive nature. When he meets the girl of his dreams, things begin to go awry: what seems too good to be true apparently is. And what seems truest in Boring's life is that, given the right set of circumstances (in this case, an orgiastic cascade of vengeance, humiliation and murder) ...more
Paperback, 136 pages
Published September 24th 2002 by Pantheon (first published September 12th 2000)
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Amanda
May 27, 2008 Amanda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Amanda by: Ian Anderson
Worth a read, but I don't recommend reading it on the bus back to New York from Boston where the sororityish girl next to you can read over your shoulder and think you're a weirdo at times. You might need some privacy for some of the pervier scenes. I still feel a little weird about butts right now.

Overall, I think it was a good idea that didn't come through the whole way--for me. Something missing in the execution. Also sometimes I'm just not that good at reading things that are this uncomforta
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Dominick
Odd graphic novel combining the mundane, surreal, and post-modern as it offers (among other things) a meditation on the interrelatrionship between life and art, conceived primarily in comic book and cinematic terms (one of the conceits is that the book we are reading is in fact a movie). Mixes carefully-observed realistic characters with various tropes of melodrama and crime drama, with elements of SF and comic books thrown in. Not the most emotionally engaging of work (Clowes never is), but fas ...more
Vienna X
Mar 27, 2008 Vienna X rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Delusional teenage boys with a fetish for ample bottoms
This book was a bit disappointing for me since I’d always seen it around thinking it would be one of the best (and “Ghost World” is one of my all-time faves), but I was let down. Of course the artwork is great (if you like the super-slick flawless look, which sometimes I do) and I’m still amazed at how Clowes manages to draw faces that remind me of real people, yet maintain the “cartoonishness” of an illustration.

But as for the narrative, I was left with more questions than I’m willing to let go
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Alan Chen
Strange, complex, dark, reminds of Black Hole. Story is mysterious and hard to describe. David Boring has one of his best friends die, meets a girl, loses a girl, gets shot, goes to recover on family island, the world starts coming to an end, is coming to terms with his dad's legacy, theirs a lesbian best friend, and crazy relatives. It's a bit of a hodge podge and it crosses genres and I can't cohesively describe the plot but it all makes a sort of sense as I'm reading it and is cohesive. Reall ...more
Jason
Clowes artwork on David Boring is, as usual, immaculate and he consistently manages to draw characters whose faces emote a sense of ennui yet manage to evoke in me a feeling of compassion that borders on pity. This interplay intrigues me in that it serves to both endear and distance me to almost every major player in the book. Whether or not that feature of Clowes' art best serves the narrative, and whether it should, remains left to the individual. For me, the result is a positive and heightens ...more
Jay
Oct 21, 2007 Jay rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who don't remember what happened two panels ago
David Boring is split into three acts.

I absolutely love the first one. David Boring is a male slut, but he doesn't know why, because he only appreciates one woman. After being shot one night, we worry that he may never see her again.

Act two changes gears significantly when David is stuck recovering on a remote island with people who believe the main land has been hit by a nuclear bomb. Yes, this act has nothing to do with the first act and it's not until the bizarro third act that you feel lik
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John
After the indifference that the first half of this book left me with, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the last half David Boring actually turns into an interesting and very bizarre story of suspense, intrigue, mystery and, well, sexual obsession (of a sort).

I think Chris is right that there is something David Lynchian about this comic, particularly in the way that there seem to be so many loose ends left hanging at end (and, er, the surreal blend of detective story tropes, Hollywood amb
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Matt Cornett
This one's good. A piece of advice, though: don't read it while riding the bus. whoever is sitting behind you will look over your shoulder at some point and, when they do, it will confirm their already sneaking suspicion that you are a sexual deviant of some sort.

This is the story of a young man's quest for the ideal woman. Everything else is ancillary, except for an inscrutable memento of his dead father and his brother-sister/Batman-Robin like relationship with a lipstick lesbian named Dot.
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Penelope
What did I just read? God, that was disappointing. Plot was so strange I can't even begin to explain; characters incredibly unrelateable. Would rename it David Pointless, tbh.
Robert
I will give Daniel Clowes an A for originality with this work. David Boring is anything but predictable or formulaic. Just when you think you know what is going on, the author zigs instead of zags and the story takes unusual avenues. It is definitely an interesting story, which is another way of saying that I am not smart enough to understand all the clever things author is doing. So, it is original and unpredictable, but I think it is an example of "The Whole Is Greater Than The Sum Of Its Part ...more
Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/400882.html[return][return]Really good. David Boring has a fascination with women's bottoms. He has a fantasy about the perfect woman. He finds her, but with (inevitbly) unsatisfactory results. He gets shot. His best friend keeps him together while simultaneously agonising about her own girlfriends. His mother is driving him mad. His father wrote comics and has disappeared. There's an island in the middle of nowhere. At the end we come back to the beginning, but everyt ...more
Grant Phipps
Not without its flaws, but I believe DAVID BORING may be Clowes' best work, balancing the orderly narrative trajectory of GHOST WORLD with the nightmarish surrealism of LIKE A VELVET GLOVE... Over the course of reading, it's evident that Clowes is a writer first and an artist second, but this is not a complaint based on his ability to accurately render his imaginatively strange notions. Despite its seemingly tangential second act, the writing here is eloquent for a graphic novel, largely deliver ...more
Matt Raymond
David Boring is indeed about a boy named David. He's dealing with a sexual fetish involving large, older woman with big butts. He lives with his friend and roommate Dot, a lesbian and just as much an outcast as David. When an old friend from their past shows up, and suddenly is murdered, it triggers a journey where David meets the love of his life, gets shot in the head, lives on an island & and laments the passing of better times as he & his odd family wait out what could be World War 3 ...more
Rachel
I had a lot of fun reading this. The insertion of color panels from David's father's comics elevated the book from entertaining and odd to something literary and worth poring over. I like how it uses some murder-mystery tactics but really doesn't hew to that at all.
Magic Mike
Murder, mystery, heartache, the quest for a nice behind, the quest for closure, an impending doom, and a little luck. Now, does that sound boring to you? David Boring is a comic created by a master of the craft. Daniel Clowes takes the reader on a winding, ever-changing, but always circuitous tale comprised of precise panels filled with all the little details that we need to know. The story goes down some avenues that I'm not sure what to think of, but regardless this a totally captivating book ...more
Hans
Very tough to rate this volume. Daniel Clowes artwork is stunning (5 stars there). The story is quite original and twisted, but it either didn't connect with me or I wasn't at the right "brain space" to fully dive into the story.

There is also a lot of sex in the book. You're not a bad person if you read this book, but it might not be the best book to be reading when you are trying to make a first (or appropriate) impression (e.g. job interview, waiting for your blind date, parent teacher confere
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Irene
Lo abandoné...
Eddie Watkins
This really only spoke to the part of me that has a periodic butt fixation flare-up, but it's damn good - thrilling, funny, complexly plotted, light on its feet, and a joy to look at.
Nick Kives
Weird, and lacking of a solid story.
Tom Bensley
This was my introduction to graphic novels. A friend of mine, a huge fan of the genre, gave it to me with almost no explanation. I, so dense about Graphic Novels that I didn't even know who David Clowes was, accepted tentatively.

As a long time reader of standard novels, it was my instinct to pay attention only to the words. It's fair to say that the way I read the first ten or so pages of David Boring deserved a slap in the face from any illustrator. I barely looked at the drawings by instinct,
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Vanessa
I adore Daniel Clowes graphic novel Ghost World and its movie adaptation (one of my favourite films of all time), and so I was very excited to find this graphic novel in my local library, as it had been on my wishlist for a while.

I really enjoy Clowes's drawing style - his phases are surprisingly expressive, giving his characters a very realistic feel. I liked the fact that the whole graphic novel was in black and white, with the odd interspersed coloured panel.

I didn't really know what the stor
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Hamish
This was my second time reading this. The first was many years ago and I had forgotten almost all of it, except that the panel of David going down on Naomi and her crying and saying "this isn't working" is burned forever in my brain.

I enjoyed the first two parts, but aside from the imagery (even Clowes' weakest stuff is loaded with unsettling, unique imagery) I couldn't put my finger on why. It seemed to meet very few of my criteria for what makes good art. I even started to have a little existe
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Moira
I got this graphic novel for Christmas from my boyfriend which allowed me to at last tick it off my wishlist. It's been there for ages, ever since I read Ghost World from the same author, which I am a massive fan of. Actually it's one of my favourite book of all time. Yes, that dramatic. It would only be logical that I check other works from the same author. I don't know why it took me so long because David Boring was amazing!
The plot is a bit busy, but don't let it put you off: there's a bit of
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Si Barron
A lot of levels and symbols in this meditation on longing. The protagonist is looking for his ideal woman and passes through a succession of clones getting ever closer to the real thing. When he finds her in the last page we know it is only for the briefest of times 'the ecstasy before the climax'.

There is precious little realism here and the characters are generally unsympathetic but as we live through their desperate lives we learn to accept their failings.

There are some failings also in the e
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Jenny
David Boring is a surreal story that unfolds so quickly that you're left wondering what just happened. It feels like watching a film at double-speed... and surprisingly, this isn't exactly a bad thing.

Daniel Clowes explores love and obsession through fast-paced action and carefully-considered drawings that often feel like film shots.

The protagonist - David Boring - is engaging and just about grounded enough to keep you afloat as the plot unfurls, but there are so many additional characters who
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Juan Bosco
Cuando alguien acusa a un cómic de ser "pretentious hipster garbage" puedes decir, con toda calma, que "al menos no es David Boring".

Exagero, desde luego, pero lo cierto es que David Boring es una decepción. Daniel Clowes es el mismo autor de Ghost World y si alguien leyó primero ese cómic, podría disfrutar este también, aunque no es del todo seguro.

David Boring, que es el nombre del protagonista, es el reflejo fiel de este cómic. Está demasiado interesado en sí mismo y sus propias ideas, no ha
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Felipe Chiaramonte
Não é novidade que Clowes navega por águas niilistas existencialistas por suas obras, porém, na maioria das vezes, o tom é negativo. Aqui não é diferente, com exceção de um fato final que não irei descrever, mas que, talvez pelo momento de extrema dor de cabeça e sensibilidade física que me atingiam quando li este livro, fez-me chorar pela primeira vez lendo uma HQ - e olhe que não existia música melodramática ditando o tom da cena, não havia manipulação emocional de ritmo na montagem e que, afi ...more
Eli
Daniel Clowes is the man, basically. He creates this detached, eerie ambience around everything he does and I'm trying to work out how he does it. His illustrations are typically slick and his women especially have this creepy doll-faced look about them, especially in this where it is sometimes, intentionally I suppose, hard to distinguish one female character from another. I like that ambiguous way of dealing with portraying characters and I think it is additionally a completely brave thing to ...more
Artur Coelho
Obsessão é o mote deste livro. Todos os personagens vivem obcecados pelo sue mundo interior, alheados dos sentimentos dos que os rodeiam. Solipsistas, buscam a solução para os seus intricados engimas indiferentes aos colapsos exteriores, que apenas servem para reforçar as suas obsessões.

O personagem que dá o nome ao livro é arrastado pelas circunstâncias, vive uma paixão de final infeliz com uma mulher que se adapta aos desejos dos homens, é alvejado por um professor universitário e acaba isolad
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James
Not my favourite Clowes, if I'm honest. The plot's a little all over the place, the characters not his strongest. Although maybe I'm missing something. The artwork is as pleasing as ever, though, and he certainly offers up something unique with every book. I'd always recommend Clowes to anyone, just not sure this is the first I'd ever reach for.
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Daniel Gillespie Clowes is an Academy Award-nominated American author, screenwriter and cartoonist of alternative comic books. Most of Clowes' work appears first in his ongoing anthology Eightball (1989-present), a collection of self-contained narratives and serialized graphic novels. Several of these narratives have been collected published separately as graphic novels, most notably Ghost World. ...more
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