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3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  4,503 ratings  ·  366 reviews
Wilson cherche à reprendre sa vie en main avant de replonger dans la déprime quotidienne. Une histoire sur la médiocrité humaine.
Published September 2010 by Cornélius (first published January 1st 2010)
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Wilson is that kind of person. The person who has no problem while you're sitting and reading to come up and start his own conversation with you. The not very lovable stranger who asks quasi-personal questions and then editorializes about your life. The sad asshole type who just can't help but engage strangers and obliviously feel like these strangers really give a fuck about what he thinks.

Part of the character of Wilson is self-incrimination of what I imagine the average Clowes reader is, and
The first two panels of this graphic novel feature Wilson proclaiming, I LOVE PEOPLE! and I'M A PEOPLE PERSON! I can't tell if he's hopelessly optimistic or just self-deluded, as he spends the years of his life that are shared with the reader as a mostly miserable, unfriendly son of a bitch.

A lifetime of loneliness and dread have made Wilson a pretty unlikable fellow, and he freely shares his misery with his dying father, his ex-wife, anyone he sits near at the coffee shop, everyone he passes o
Daniel Clowes has a misanthrope's spirit trapped in a young man's brain. His books are difficult to attach "stars" to, only pros and cons. Pros: exquisite art and book production; unique sensibility and approach; expert use of the comic medium. Cons: sour, nihilistic characters self-deluded that they are truth-seekers; the occasional obvious, smart-aleck, gross-out punch-line; a sad, morbid view of relationships bordering on the pathological.

Wilson is a sorry, wandering soul, deaf to the music o
Sam Quixote
Wilson is a fifty-something who lives alone with his puppy, striking up conversations with strangers and then insulting them. One day he goes looking for his ex-wife, finds out they have a daughter, kidnap the teenage girl, goes to prison, and gets out to pick up his life where he left off - alone, minus the dog.

For a book that's full of sadness and pathos, Wilson is surprisingly funny mostly because Clowes makes Wilson say remarkably insensitive things to people. A woman is telling someone abo
Daniel Clowes is a genius, period. He captures a particular voice so well, the voice of the misanthrope longing to make a connection, yet turned off by what society has become at every juncture. In his newest work, Wilson, he nails this again with a character nearing middle age and pondering the universal questions of family, what his life meant, what to do for a living, etc. Of course, Clowes' twist on this makes the material both exceedingly depressing and funny, often both at the same time. T ...more
I can't say that I disliked it, but Wilson makes me want to knock a few stars off everything Clowes did between this and Ghost World. Wilson is better than all of that (David Boring, Caricature, Pussey!) but doesn't approach Ghost World or Like a Velvet Glove...

The strips are 2X4. Wilson is a pessimistic, lazy misanthrope. He yammers like a retarded Woody Allen through 6 panels, stares through 1 panel of awkward silence, and finishes with a verbal venom bomb, that is dark dark as your introverte
Charles Hatfield
Wilson is a remarkably acrid, unpleasant work that follows a certain inexorable logic and rhythm that ultimately become as predictable as a Cathy Guisewite Sunday strip. In each self-contained one-page episode, the titular Wilson indulges in a grandiose or absurd monologue (or a failed, one-sided dialogue with someone else) that soars ever higher into self-deluding fatuity, then pops like a pin-stuck balloon into some comic comeuppance or anticlimax, or else a cruel rejoinder that would be shock ...more
Matt Cornett
I'm not really much of a "comic book reader." In fact, I eschew almost all graphic novels and comics, but I picked this up on recommendation from a friend who said "That new graphic novel by Daniel Clowes isn't very good, but you might like it. Here--check it out. [tosses the book on my desk:] You liked Synechdoche, NY, right?"

It's the story of a sad, lonely, extroverted man who can't seem to get a handle on why everything around him turns to shit. Each page is stylistically different from the
I'm not biggest Clowes fan anyway, but this seemed particularly pointlessly misanthropic. Each page is a single chapter, paced as a longer gag strip -something between a traditional US Sunday strip à la Peanuts or Calvin & Hobbes, and a one-page UK kids comic strip (a form with no tradition?). But, inevitably, each punchline is a gob of misanthropic bile, not a bon mot. The art style changes on each page, mostly rotating between a few standard styles - I wasn't quite sure why he did this.

Wilson is grandiose and arrogant in his observations while being obtuse and idiotic in his interactions. Like so, so, so many people he has confused idealism with cynicism. His constant struggle to reconcile his current life with his imagined potential causes him to skew reality, make bad decisions, and compromise his standards, and he does it all while maintaining an air of intellectual superiority to the glutenous idiots around him.

and it's funny.

Here's an interview:
Wilson is opinionated and blunt. Plus, he likes to impersonate his dog with a feminine soft voice. Advice needs to be given to absolutely everyone, including strangers on the streets. And if Wilson wasn't enough of a character, he also just found out that his ex-wife (15 years ago) gave birth to a daughter he's never meet. Can Wilson learn to control his temper and become a family man once more?

I was not a big fan of Mr. Wonderful, and was cautious about picking up another of Clowes' books. But
I've been a fan of Daniel Clowes since I bought the first issue of LLOYD LLEWELLYN off the stands (so 24 years then, yeesh!). A new Clowes work is always something to get exited about (I quite liked the recent Ice Haven), and yet, when I'd gotten about 1/3 of the way into WILSON, I felt sure it was going to be my least favorite Clowes work (although I'd probably have to re-read Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron and David Boring before I was sure). But as the book neared its quarter mark, and I be ...more
Dysthymiac misanthrope Wilson is the hero of Clowes's latest work, simultaneously funny and abrasive. For me, the best aspect of "Wilson" is telling the story of 20 years or so in a man's life in a serious of single-page sequences that both capture the fundamental contradictions of Wilson's persona and key aspects of his relationships with other people. The other technical challenge Clowes set for himself was to draw each page in a different style, which affects the interpretive mood of each eve ...more
Jamie Rose
Wilson was great fun - exactly what you'd expect from a Daniel Clowes story, but with extra bonus belly laughs! Creepy loner figure with arms by his sides wandering in a bewildered fashion through a slightly '50s-toned suburban setting - check! Triple helpings of misanthropy - check! Ugly, awkward sex - check! The twist this time is the story is laid out newspaper-strip style with a punchline at the end of each page, each page working on its own but also adding up to a full tale. And these punch ...more
Wow. I haven't read anything from Clowes since 'Ice Haven' and, although it was pretty cool for the most part, I thought he'd kind of lost it there. But 'Wilson' is one of those comic stories that plays with artistic style as well as narrative.

Each page looks to be a multi-paneled grid that follows vignettes of Wilson and the highs and lows of his day-to-day life. At first, it looks like 'Peanuts'-style delivery with a final panel payoff at the end of each page, but as you go from one page to th
Felipe Chiaramonte
Daniel Clowes é badalado por ser o criador de "Ghost World". Porém, a amplitude de seus trabalhos e de sua crítica à sociedade americana é muito maior. Aqui, temos o desprazer de acompanhar Wilson, um sujeitinho sabichão, solitário e hipócrita, que entra em crise com a morte de seu pai e decide ir atrás do que ainda lhe resta de família. A obra se desvela por tiras de uma página, com estética e títulos próprios, formando pequenos contos que poderiam ser lidos independentemente uns dos outros, ma ...more
Follows Wilson, a misanthropic, malcontent from middle age to his senior years. There are many uncomfortable but hilarious interactions with people; god, Wilson is such an asshole. I'm still trying to puzzle out how Wilson grew, what he learned from his hapless attempts at having a meaningful life (which mainly involved trying to re-do his effed up past--life in general and people in particular weren't so willing to cooperate). The last page, ambiguous though it was, does offer a clue.

Wilson is
I had a high school friend who grew a beard and got reflective and waxed sufferingly philosophical about all matters, no matter how big or small. Underneath his deep thoughts was the most self-serving twaddle I've ever heard. Wilson’s basically that guy, only he’s an insensitive dolt with a head full o’ puke. He asks people questions and annoyingly comments on them before they’re done answering him, which sounds like a lot of people I meet every day. There were times when this book made me laugh ...more
As one reviewer claims below, it's hard to assign stars to Clowes's books. It's not so much that I like them or dislike them -- they make me cringe if I'm not laughing, or laughing-while-cringing. And if I'm cringing, technically, I hate that feeling, but I like that his simple drawing and situation or character can make me feel that way, usually just within one panel. Nevertheless, this fell somewhere between "I liked it" and "I really liked it." Typical to many of Clowes's characters, Wilson i ...more
amazing. like all of clowes' work, i didn't want it to end. i once had a fiction teacher who described different ways to tell a story. there is the traditional narrative which you will find in classic flannery o'connor and raymond carver stories. and then there are stories that are, to the reader, something like running through a cotton field while wearing a velcro suit. you pick up bits and pieces through a series of interactions/happenings/descriptions, and by the end you're fully covered. tha ...more
This is pretty different from the usual Clowes book. Instead of the odd David Lynch touches of his previous work, Clowes leans more into Ivan Brunetti territory here. Meaning, some of these pages (each chapter is a one page story) are pretty harsh--but in a hilarious way! Wilson, the "hero" of the story, often spends his time trying to be friendly and positive until he eventually erupts in misanthropy. I also love the weird jumps in cartoon style throughout the book--sometimes it's classic Clowe ...more
Daniel Clowes has such a great style: so self-deprecating and truthfully pessimistic. His books make you feel a little more human and less alone while also making you feel totally alone.
Mikael Kuoppala
Not quite as brilliant as the majority of Clowes’s work, graphic novel “Wilson” is still a solid performance. The titular character is an eccentric self-loathing misanthrope in true Clowes tradition, his observations about the world he inhabits distortedly comical and sharply observant.

The World of “Wilson” is relatively realistic, which does support the story well. I have to say that in my mind the greatest brilliance in Clowes’s work is his unique ability to twist reality, and he does so very
The story of a very bitter man. Wilson was pretty dark, but Clowes managed to keep it light using some interesting techniques. I like how each page is a different vignette, drawn in different styles (and the artwork is awesome, yes). I also like how each story had to fit in the narrow confines of a one-page strip, and how the scenes we see tend to be in between the major events (meaning we don't necessarily see these major events as they happen). It was a quick, interesting read, and I suspect I ...more
Kyle Burley
More bleak existential comedy from Dan Clowes.
Wilson, a lonely misanthrope, is unattached and out of synch with his fellow man. He is alone except for his dog when we first meet him and alone when we last see him, silently watching rain drops scroll down a window. "Of course," he exclaims. "That's it! Of course!" Has he finally discovered the meaning that he seeks in life, or is this another of his false epiphany moments? Clowes doesn't tell us, and given Wilson's history it is difficult to take an optimistic view.

This graphic novel is set
Intenzionalmente sgradevole, provocatorio e irritante, Wilson racconta una storia di misantropia, desolazione e fallimento umano. La tecnica è interessante: il libro è composto da una sequenza di tavole autoconclusive; ciascuna ha un titolo e una sua piccola vicenda, ma molto presto queste unità si rivelano essere i capitoli di un unico racconto. Viene così sfruttata una forma classica del fumetto creando un ritmo singhiozzante, che chiude ogni micro-narrazione con una battuta ad effetto volutam ...more
Michael Emond
A quick read to be sure at 77 pages. I think you either like Clowes style or don't. I fall in the don't category BUT I will say it was still an interesting read. Basically it is about the sad life of Wilson and one of the interesting things was every page reads like a stand alone strip but still progresses the story. While I appreciated the fact we were supposed to pity Wilson, a loud mouthed unemployed man who is so self-involved he doesn't care about other people's feelings. I did find it an i ...more
Grant P
Despite beginning with two simple exclamations that had me LMAO, WILSON is Clowes' weakest effort. Basically, the titular character is the artist's unsuccessful alter-ego who externalizes every fickle thought about the world. Perhaps to complement his personality, the comic seems to be presented like a subversive 1950s sitcom with an ever-changing art style that portrays Wilson as everything from lumpy caricature to proportional man in full color and b&w. It's undoubtedly intriguing but can' ...more
Karen Williams
I remember finding "Wilson" in a new and used bookstore in San Francisco and thinking how much I had to have it - I was dating a guy with the same last name who bore a striking resemblance to the character on the front cover. For whatever reason I never bought it until about 5 years later. Anyways, Daniel Clowes is probably my favorite graphic novelist next to Chester Brown, and although I had high hopes for this work, it wasn't my favorite. Yeah, I gave it 4-5 stars, but that's because amid its ...more
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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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