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Ice Haven

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  4,932 Ratings  ·  194 Reviews
At long last, the paperback version of Daniel Clowes’s brilliant graphic novel, hailed by Time as “another of his hilariously slightly off-center worlds that have a vague sense of dread about them. Kind of like where you live.”
Welcome to Ice Haven! “It’s not as cold here as it sounds,” declares Random Wilder, our reluctant guide to this sleepy Midwestern town. He’s also
Paperback, 88 pages
Published January 18th 2011 by Pantheon (first published 2005)
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Anthony Vacca
Nov 02, 2014 Anthony Vacca rated it really liked it
Daniel Clowes's version of Winesburg, Ohio features the dull Midwestopia Ice Haven, and its many sad, sad citizens. The plot revolves around a kidnapped tyke, a crime which may or may not have been inspired by a child abduction that ended in murder fifty years before. This slice of small-town excitement serves as a shaggy impetus for letting the reader play voyeur in the lives of a lazy and untalented poet, a bitter convenience store clerk, an unhappily married pair of private eyes (i.e. Nick an ...more
Feb 03, 2017 Danger rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Presented as a series of “Sunday comics” style vignettes, this interconnected story of kidnapping, unrequited love, art, and the psycho-sexual drama in Small Town America is WAY more complex and thought-provoking than its short 81 pages would lead you to believe. A dark portrait of suburban ennui that poses more questions than it answers, while still feeling satisfying by the end. It had me enraptured the entire time.
Mar 30, 2009 Brandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2009
Co-worker saw me reading this over lunch and commented "oh, some high-level reading, huh?" because it's got, y'know, pictures. Never mind that it's actually written for adults, making it maybe a higher level book than 80% of what I've been reading anyway. Grumble.

Because Dan Clowes is not an easy, breezy read. Ice Haven has a pretty large cast, all of whom have their own individual dramas going on, and every drama is given the same weight--from the parents whose son has been missing for a week t
Over a couple weeks in the summer of 2005, I:

1) Quit my job
2) Bought this book
3) Went on vacation to the Jersey Shore with my friend
4) Read this book, on the beach (enjoyed it!)
5) Came home and returned this book to Barnes & Noble because I was unemployed and needed the money back.

It was kind of a great time.

The B&N Lending Library, I called it. "It's okay because they're hardcover!"

This was not the only time that I did such a thing, and it's not that this is an ethically wonderful idea
Mar 22, 2010 Adam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
With an almost clinical tone, this comic surveys a small town. Amidst its moderately realist interweaving stories of the town's inhabitants, it contains a multitude of ironic and metatextual elements: shifts into inordinately cartoony art; cartoon gangster bunnies and children speaking of emulating Leopold and Loeb; a focus on writers (of the embittered type) and a snide comic book critic who provides a meta-summation of the comic itself; a tortured, self-aggrandizing-philosopher child who prese ...more
Aug 17, 2007 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic_novels
I enjoyed this more than Ghost World and much more than Twentieth Century Eightball. There was more cohesion and meat to this story than the other two of Clowes' that I have read. The reader meets an array of characters from the city of Ice Haven and through their individual yet connected stories, a crime is solved during the course of the book.
Wendy Crittenden
Jun 24, 2007 Wendy Crittenden rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphicnovels
found this at a thrift store, totally stoked to read it. yeah two dollars fifteen cents!
Feb 20, 2017 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. Not my favorite Clowes, but still entertaining.
Sep 24, 2007 Núria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Para empezar ya me encanta la forma física que tiene 'Ice Haven', horizontal y apaisado, recordándome una tira cómica de los periódicos, pero por dentro también tiene en cierto modo la forma de una tira cómica, porque son varias historias de varios personajes que se cruzan, dibujadas y presentadas con estilos algo diferentes. Me encanta como Clowes mezcla las historias de varios personajes que viven en un pueblo llamado Ice Haven, como incorpora sueños y flashbacks a la narración. Sí, narrativam ...more
Jun 11, 2012 Jason rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, fiction, crime
Written as a collection of short comic strips, each with its own title, this odd work from the author of Ghost World tells the story of the residents of the fictional town of Ice Haven and their dysfunctional interaction in the wake of the case of a missing child. Through the point of view of a troubled poet, a young intellectual in love with his miserable step sister, a private investigator neglecting his wife to solve the case and many other townsfolk the story unfolds with various suspects an ...more
Alan Chen
Jan 22, 2015 Alan Chen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
I was lost in the beginning. You get snippets of comic strips done in different styles with different characters. I thought they were taken from a newspaper or collected from various publishings but then I realized that they are set in the town of Icehaven and the stories are loosely connected. It's really quite clever. There is a bit of meta where he talks about comics as art, then he relates it to a few story lines of wannabe poets living in the town and their gripes. A hodge podge of characte ...more
this was good but unexpectedly dark. I wasn't familiar with Daniel clowes before I picked this up. mainly I just liked the artwork and the cover caught my attention so I went into it completely blind.

I actually picked up a bunch of his other stuff too which now I'm kind of wondering if it's my cup of tea but I'll probably give it a shot.

what I really do like is the way he weaves together a story involving multiple people and points of view. you get to see things from almost every single charact
Dec 11, 2016 Deniz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-ebook
Clearly an interesting and experimental work, but I'm not sure how well it works.
DeAnna Knippling
Nov 04, 2014 DeAnna Knippling rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
My first Daniel Clowes. Hm....

At first I was vastly annoyed with the pretension. And then, slowly, it won me over. It's not actually pretension if you can nail it, I guess.

Javier Gimeno
pues que quieres que te diga. lo he leido y me ha parecido raro. alguna cosa pasable hasta me ha dado una idea brillante para escribir pero poco mas.
Jun 22, 2007 Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite possibly Daniel Clowes masterpiece.
Aug 11, 2014 Kim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, english
Metabunker's review of the work is well written.
Joe Kraus
Feb 17, 2017 Joe Kraus rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review of Daniel Clowes’s Ice Haven

This weird little book is what happens when The Family Circus collides with Crime and Punishment.

Among its assorted threads of stories, the evocation of the Leopold-Loeb murder case emerges and re-emerges as an explicit retelling and as a reworking when a child goes missing and a neighbor boy confesses to a friend that he’s killed him. It’s gruesome stuff, not for its bloodiness (there is none) but for its exploration of a universe that’s utterly indifferent to
Jan 16, 2017 Jeff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
As many others have noted, Clowes enters Sherwood Anderson territory here in this multi-narrative exploration of the woebegone citizens of Ice Haven. While there are some piercing moments here--the last three pages in particular--this is also pretty well-traveled ground--the sad lives of mundane middle-Americans (although the Leopold and Loeb motif is a dark wrinkle). I was most intrigued by the piece's formal elements, the novel told in individual comic strips done in various styles that serve ...more
V. L. Craven
Aug 10, 2013 V. L. Craven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The hamlet of Ice Haven is home to the typical small town dramas–lovelorn teenagers, neighborhood rivalries, children taking their boredom out on one another, etc–when a young boy goes missing.

You’d think this sort of thing would stop the city cold, but, as in real life, most people remain chiefly concerned with their own artistic, emotional or sexual frustrations whilst the Goldberg case played out on the periphery of their lives.

For such a short work, Clowes has given us a vibrant cast of beli
Braden A.
Dec 23, 2008 Braden A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished "Ice Haven".

It meanders between being brilliant and being annoyingly (dare I say) "emo". The most interesting characters to me are ones that seem to come and go in short spurts, whereas the ones that are showcased are very annoying, whiny people.

Perhaps it's because I've never been able to sympathize with that teenage attitude of self-importance, thinking they know everything there is to know about the world and that everyone owes them something. But Violet's abuse towards her parents d
Shane Quinlan
Dec 29, 2016 Shane Quinlan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to review a book that skews those that try to review comics. A collection of character stories who all live in a fictional town called Ice Haven. It was gripping, disturbing at times, funny, and moving. Gave me a "22 Short films about Springfield" from The Simpsons vibe but much, much darker.
Nov 07, 2013 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Clowes is capable of giving us deeper stuff, but even his lighter fare succeeds in entertaining. This story involves a kidnapping in a quiet town. Could it be the visiting publisher of a literary pamphlet that remains unsold? Or the local lady who gets her poems about flowers published in the local paper? Or the procrastinating, frustrated poet who can't seem to get his poems published anywhere? Or could it be the young lady who lives her life as if it were a romance novel? Or maybe the guy who ...more
Artur Coelho
Jan 24, 2013 Artur Coelho rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
O estereótipo da cidadezinha idílica norte-americana é o palco para a colisão de histórias de um grande grupo de personagens que vive isolado nos seus mundos interiores, largamente ignorantes dos laços que os unem entre si. As histórias são inconclusivas, impermanentes, fatias congeladas no tempo de momentos passageiros da vida. O tom geral é de solidão, com os personagens presos dentro das suas esferas de pensamento, com contactos geralmente insatisfatórios.

Narrada sob o ponto de vista de um a
Sep 05, 2014 Grant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
With an 8" x 5-1/2" layout that recalls old Sunday comic strip anthologies (for me, GARFIELD), cut horizontally rather than vertically, I wasn't sure whether that would factor into ICE HAVEN's subject matter and tone. Most certainly. Like in WILSON, Clowes experiments with color and art style across each vignette in the titular oddball town. Conversations between Charles and Carmichael come over as angsty philosophical versions of DENNIS THE MENACE, so their strips are drawn in that 1950s style ...more
Miguel Jiménez
Bien, el cómic me gustó. Está muy corto, por cierto. Pasa algo especial con Daniel Clowes, esta es la segunda obra que leo de él y le pongo(de nuevo) 3 estrellas, porque sí, me gustó, pero hasta ahí. Aunque claro que le podría dar las cuatro estrellas considerando otras cosas; el intento por hacer una novela de los habitantes de una comunidad contando la vida de cada uno, sus personajes de lo más extravagantes, tanto su caracterización como psicológicamente; marginales, profundos, que quizá pare ...more
Ben Cheng
Jan 06, 2014 Ben Cheng rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Daniel Clowes never ceases his wordy babble about his labour of love: the comic book as an art form. Once again there is a character talking so passionately about the word comic as well as its relevancy in lieu of the "graphic novel" nomenclature, akin to the professor in "Pussey!"

In "Ice Haven" we are presented with an unassuming small town, presumably with all the typical good cheer and wholesomeness as well as tight knit sense of community we've all been accustomed to hearing through other w
pierlapo  quimby
Jul 11, 2013 pierlapo quimby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fumetti
Sono d'accordo con Clowes: la poesia non ha speranze se confrontata con le volgarità che grondano dai media e a cui ci si assuefa più facilmente che al più puro degli endecasillabi.
Il mio vicino di casa potrebbe essere il più grande poeta vivente ma quali concrete possibilità ha di dimostrarlo? Dovrebbe rapire un bambino e poi scrivere una lettera di riscatto in versi, nell'auspicio che Federica Sciarelli, Salvo Sottile o Barbara D'Urso la leggano davanti alle telecamere.
L'unica strada è che la
Liz Shine
I have to be honest. In my recent foray into reading graphic novels, one point of enjoyment for me has been the fact that I can read them WAY faster than a novel and that makes me feel accomplished. On a less superficial level, though, what I love is how each writer uses visual symbolism and prose side by side in such different ways. Ice Haven is part criticism, part dialectic, and part crude humor. The story contains multiple comic panels that ultimately work together as a whole to tell the sto ...more
Dec 09, 2014 Cindy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really sure how to feel about Ice Haven. I did like how there was a theme that connected the different characters all living in the same town. What they're going through seemed real and grounded at times but the at times it didn't.

Like the children, they don't seem to think like children. I think the behavior, like Carmichael as the "trouble youth" did resonate child-like, he's a bit of a bully, singles out the weird kid. But the subject matter of love making seems out of place for thei
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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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