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The dramatic short stories included in Caricature have drawn comparisons to Nabokov for their complex naturalism and sense of humor. Anchored by the title story, considered the first apotheosis of Clowes' seminal Eightball underground comic book series, Caricature also includes eight other stories, including "Green Eyeliner," a six-page full-color short story originally pu...more
Paperback, 100 pages
Published April 17th 2002 by Fantagraphics (first published April 1997)
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VeganMedusa
If I'm ever feeling suicidal but can't quite do the job, I'll read this book again.
Sara
It's funny how often Dan Clowes seems to repeat character types and themes in his stories. Each of these feels like an alternate, miniature version of one of his other books. There's the Ghost World story, the Like A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron story, the Art School Confidential story. I'm fine with this, though. This book makes me see a bit more why people compare Adrian Tomine with him.

I wrote that first paragraph before I finished the book. Now I'm pretty convinced that I like Clowes' short fic...more
Matt
The nine stories in this volume are shining examples of depressing postmodern narratives that express the meaninglessness of life. Well, what else could we have expected from the creator of Ghost World?

While there's some diversity to the protagonists of these stories, they all have three things on common. First, they're all white Americans. Second, they're all searching something abstract, vague, and possibly pretentious, such as romantic love, artistic expression, or spiritual experience. And t...more
Michael
Clowes isn't just a top comic writer, but a producer of literature of the highest level. These stories have a depth (and a clarity) reminiscent of Salinger.
D.M.
This collection is not anything out of the ordinary for Clowes, and puts together eight stories from his regular comic Eightball with one from Esquire Magazine. For the most part, these are his usual doomed-everyman (or woman) tales, with the notable exception being the nightmarish full-colour 'The Gold Mommy.'
The title piece follows five days in the life of a festival-circuit caricaturist, and a brief encounter he has with a strange young woman of questionable age (anywhere between 15 and 22,...more
Miguel Jiménez
Es la primera vez que leo a Daniel Clowes y ha sido una grata sorpresa. Le queda a la medida el término de "interesante". Me gustó la forma en que contaba las historias, con estilo minimalista. Las mayoría son tristes, con personajes marginales y que al final del relato te dejan con una sensación ¿vacía?. Pero, por otra parte, este escritor es tremendamente observador y sí, digo que me ha gustado su forma particular de ver la vida. Pongo una frase que me atrajó de una historia.

"No trabajo, ni vo...more
Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/800474.html[return][return]Caricatures bills itself as "nine stories", but in fact they are more extended character studies than actual narratives. I love the way Clowes takes us into his characters' worlds, and at the same time using the graphic medium, we can get an idea of how other people are reacting to them. Most of his viewpoint characters are male, though there is one sequence, "Green Eyeliner", with a female lead.[return][return]Almost all of the stories invol...more
Christopher Roth
I rarely use the word "genius" to describe anyone, let alone comic-book artists/writers. Kirby, Crumb (not even Eisner or Spiegelman, sorry), and now definitely Clowes. He uses the medium to its fullest, and does things one cannot do in any other medium. I was originally exposed to Clowes through the film Ghost World, and then turned to the graphic novel and realized that I'd seen his stuff before when I lived in Chicago in the early '90s and it was appearing in free publications like Lumpen Tim...more
Haloperidol
Dec 30, 2007 Haloperidol rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: A los inadaptados sociales con tendencia a la fantasia y obsesionados por la cultura pop
Mira yo con Daniel clowes no soy imparcial, para empezar su estilo de dibujo me chifla , esta a la altura siempre hasta en su unica obra a la que no le pillo el punot ( llOYD llEWELLyn su estilo de dibujo me alucina.
Caricatura es un recopilacion de historias cortas que incluye "traje de mierda italiano" que para mi viene a ser como un miniepilogo de un alterego masculino de la Enid de ghost world.. El protagonista ya se ha ido de su opresivo pueblo y puede fingir que es otra persona.. pero bueno...more
Grant Phipps
Shame this collection ends with two of Clowes' weaker stories (one sprawling, one brief), but "The Gold Mommy," "Like a Weed, Joe," and "Immortal, Invisible" are particularly great.

"Caricature": ★★★★
"Blue Italian S-": ★★★★
"The Gold Mommy": ★★★★ 1/2
"MCMLXVI": ★★★
"Like a Weed, Joe": ★★★★
"Immortal, Invisible": ★★★★ 1/2
"Green Eyeliner": ★★★ 1/2
"Gynecology": ★★★
"Black Nylon": ★★★
Andy
Clowes's principal interests seem to be: sadsacks and outsiders, social disconnect, ominous dreams, conventions in art and literature, and pulp. These seem to be actual subjects of inquiry for him, not just superficial calling cards, and as he lets them overlap and intermingle I feel like he's actually discovering interesting things. He has a remarkable knack for capturing very finely graded varieties of amusing unease in clear, memorable single panels. He works comics as a literary medium bette...more
Jordan
"Caricature" is --like most of Daniel Clowes' work-- character-driven, rather than focused on plot, with these nine stories. His protagonists are vulnerable, seeking some kind of companionship or connection, as they try to find their way in this increasingly strange and lonely world. At times, the atmosphere portrayed by Clowes for his characters becomes surreal, and in a way, makes the experience much truer, honest, and relatable for the reader. With gems like, "Caricature", "The Gold Mommy", "...more
Joanna
Hmmmm... I know Clowes' stock-in-trade is melancholic, misanthropic loners and drifters, but I found this collection a bit too fucking bleak for my liking. And, misogynistic. I KNOW all his characters are flawed - and that's the point - but their consistent objectification and contempt for women got a bit tiresome and was not something that I liked, could relate to or want out of my art, simply because it's so omnipresent in reality. That aside, massive props for his art and his writing, both of...more
Jim
This is a collection of nine short works by Daniel Clowes, who wrote and drew "Ghost World" (that was made into a movie).

This is the first thing I've read by Daniel Clowes. Most of the pieces were meditative and existential. Some where painful and reminded me of my own childhood. I had to be careful that I didn't fall into my own existential crisis in the process.

While the drawings at times were distracting, they were also riveting at other times.

Another good find from the library.
Edwin Arnaudin
Fantastic collection of Clowes short stories featuring the usual cast of misfits and outsiders who populate the artist's comics. Tales range from a lonely professional caricaturist to the Halloween adventure of an awkward teen who's too old for trick-or-treating to a bizarre dream that may or may not have been experienced by Clowes himself (I think yes). Each touches on the vulnerabilities and simple joys of life in a delicate but critical manner, a skill that few writers wield.
Carol
Clowes provides a brilliant study of depressingly real and just depressing characters, and I find that, like Pekar, I can't put his books down. Yet I found myself no further enlightened and rather depressed myself when I finished this book. Ghost World was great, this is like a train wreck.
Sylvain
Way too much writing, like Clowes doesn't have much faith in his own drawings. The two are definitely co-dependent, as they both lack a little somethin'. Still, it's entertaining, it provides a few chuckles, and one or two insights.

Also, when did unlikeable characters become the norm in comics/cartoons/graphic novels? It's like cartoonists are only used to hanging out with assholes or something.
Felipe Chiaramonte
Nove histórias de Clowes compiladas da Eightball, revista que publicava no começo de sua carreira. Todos os personagens parecem perdidos, isolados e sem chance de sobrevivência neste mundo infame, o que torna o livro mais monocromático do que ele já é. Apesar disso, vale a pena uma conferida, tanto pela arte característica e mordaz de Clowes quanto pelo mergulho sempre subversivo no lado deprê da vida.
Tony
Dec 11, 2007 Tony rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Graphic Novel Fans
I really enjoyed this, but I can see how it wouldn't be for everyone. Clowes writes (I've found almost exclusively) the same detached, hip, and disaffected characters over and over again. They're well written detached, hip, and disaffected characters (granted) but it gets a bit old after a while. The art is brilliant, and the stories have resonance, but there's still something missing here.
Dominick
This is a really nice collection of Clowes shorts across a range of subjects, very loosely linked by the title. Each story focuses on a specific character; some are slice of life realism, some surreal dream narratives, some humorous, but all are compelling and beautifully drawn, if one can describe Clowes's characteristic undergroundish style as "beautiful."
Hamish
Like with all the best Clowes stuff I really like this but can't totally explain why. I mean, obviously it's well-drawn and has the usual cast of bizarre characters and it makes you feel a little uncomfortable, but I feel like that's not enough to account for how much I enjoy it. Anyways, there's nothing else like his comics and these are some of his best.
Andy
This is the book that turned me on to Daniel Clowes. He's kinda like a modern day JD Salenger, but in the graphic sense. The subtitle of this book ("Nine Stories") only reaffirms this. My favorite story is the one about the kid who is a little too old to go trick or treating but does it anyway, all by his lonesome, and somehow achieves transcendence.
Mark
Good collection of Clowes short stories featuring the usual collection of oddballs and misfits. I found this collection a little hit and miss however. I really like Caricature, Like A Weed, Joe, Green Eyeliner and Gynecology but struggled to invest in the likes of Blue Italian Suit, MCMLXVI etc. I couldn't fault the artwork anywhere in the book however.
Devowasright
May 11, 2008 Devowasright rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: owen, asphodel
ah, i love the library graphic novel shelf.

i really haven't read anything by daniel clowes i didn't like. his eye for the painfully uncomfortable is accute, his imagination is seemingly limitless, and his combining of the two is more often perfect than not.
Ryan
Short stories in this one. Similar to 20th Century Eightball. One reoccurring character seems to be the young man from his Art School Confidential stories. Not sure if this character is supposed to be Clowes himself. Cool stuff with a stupid cover illustration.
Peacegal
This is a collection of "short story" comics by the well-known artist.

I truly enjoyed the surreal, dreamlike quality of stories such as "Immortal, Invisible." Unfortunately, others were just too distasteful and sleazy for my preferences.
Dx-xb
Equal parts funny, sad, and strange. I'd expect nothing less from Danial Clowes. I love the way he portrays humanity. He takes you into the world of strange and somewhat tragic figures and shows you all their deepest, darkest thoughts.
Emilia P
not as good as eightball, and i think there was one story i basically skimmed, but I really liked "The Gold Mommy", it seemed really Edward Gorey-esque.
I don't know why i keep coming back to Clowes, but well, I do.
Mathias
Nine off-beat, funny and melancholy shorts by Daniel Clowes. My favourites, like "The Gold Mommy" and "Black Nylon," are built on fractured, dream-like narratives and very intriguing. The art is exemplary.
pierlapo  kirby
Clowes sa spiazzare il lettore senza darsi delle arie.
Inoltre è cattivo ma non arrabbiato e riesce sempre a mantenere un certo distacco formale nel raccontarci quanto facciamo schifo.
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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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