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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  9,091 ratings  ·  737 reviews
Patience is a psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially "Clowesian"and utterly unique in the author's body of work. This 180-page, full-color original graphic novel affords Clowes the opportunity to draw some of the most exuberant and breathtaking page ...more
Hardcover, 180 pages
Published March 2nd 2016 by Fantagraphics
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Apr 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
congratulations! semifinalist in goodreads' best graphic novels & comics category 2016!

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i may have done myself a disservice by reading Dark Matter immediately before reading this book.

both are stories in which a man who loses a beloved woman tries to get her back through science fiction-y means and whose mistakes along the way have horrifying personal consequences i only partially understand. this one is easier on my brain because it doesn't actually try to explain the science and also t
Feb 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Was alright. Her haircut annoyed me. Not the biggest fan of this one.
Sam Quixote
Aug 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
In 2012, Jack and Patience are poor but in love and about to have a baby. But Patience’s past of sketchy ex-boyfriends catches up with her and, returning home from work one day, Jack discovers her strangled corpse. The killer is never found and Jack never gets over it. It’s now 2029 and time-travel has been invented, conveniently by someone Jack knows, and he decides to journey back to 2012, stop the murderer and save Patience and their unborn child. Sounds simple – I mean, it’s time-travel, wha ...more
Sonja P.
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
I am super super over women being used to further men's emotional stories, especially when that journey in whatever form it takes is instigated by trauma to a woman viewed through a dude's eyes. I just don't really care anymore to be honest ...more
Apr 06, 2016 rated it really liked it

Nice to meet you, Daniel Clowes. Thanks for blowing my mind. Your artwork is staggeringly impressive.

Naturally I've arrived late to the party. This is my first Daniel Clowes read. I know, I know. Why do I do this to myself? Start at the end of someone's career. I've got no context. I'm not even sure why I wanted to read this but I'm very glad I did.

I don't read artistic graphic novels like this. It's not that I don't like them, but I'm generally a depressive person and try to actively avoid boo
Feb 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
I felt like I needed a shower after reading this. Instead, I noted to myself my main impressions from it from start to finish, and then slept nearly 14 hours.

I'm not going to read all the hype and positive reviews for this book, because I don't want to be socially swayed into giving it more credit than it deserves. All I knew was that it was Daniel Clowes's new book and reportedly another whiny dude story that Fantagraphics had prioritized in their marketing this year above all sorts of great pr
Dave Schaafsma
Review to follow, but I loved it. Sci fi psychedelia, in a comics crime novel setting. The surface is quite conventional at first, almost startlingly so, a young couple having a baby. Don't worry, though, it gets weird. A great yarn, which I hesitate to tell you too much about. But I will say more. In my opinion, a big comics event of the year! As with Charles Burns' Sugar Skull trilogy, there's a humane streak running through it, regret and melancholy and guilt for a man about a woman and a bab ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Clowes unleashes a time travel love story on his unsuspecting fans. It's funny how even when Clowes gets a little too goofy on the science side or syrupy on the romance, his artwork and style propels you forward like you're gorging on candy. Patience is a lot of fun and a bold step in Clowes's brilliant oeuvre. ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
I liked it, but I feel that all time-travel stories end kind of the same way?
Matthew Quann
Patience, Daniel Clowes five-years in the making graphic novel, is a fairly standard time travel romance story with enough snappy dialogue and wacky art to warrant the price of admission.

The first thing that struck me when I took Patience out of the box is its striking hardcover design. The front is a bust of the eponymous character at the centre of a wheel from which psychedelic spokes shoot out. The silver reflective title demands the reader's (or casual shopper's) attention while Patience he
Ill D
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like heartfelt stories
I'm a huge fan of the Daniel Clowes canon and his latest offering Patience, does not disappoint. Instead its as much a delight for eyes as for your fingers as well. Massive panels grace an equally vast book with a simple yet strong palette of rich colors fleshing out each panel. The typical Daniel Clowes style is there as well, hearkening back to a older era yet still keeping it relevant for modern audiences.

There's alot of things great about this book so it's a little difficult to decide where
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

Oh, what a letdown it's been as a member of Generation X, to watch all the daring young bucks against the Establishment in my twenties become the exact next generation of the Establishment itself now that we're creeping into our fifties; and nowhere is this generational shift more noticeable than in the wo
Derek Royal
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
My experiences and reactions reading this book are twofold: reading it with the publicity hype in mind and reading it outside of that paratext. Fantagraphics really played up the fact that this was a much-awaited book, perhaps the most anticipated of the year. Perhaps that is correct, but whenever I see hype of this sort, it's as if the book has to prove something to me that it wouldn't have to otherwise. And I know that the creator/creation is separate from the brouhaha surrounding the publicat ...more
Stewart Tame
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Jack's problem is that he has no Patience.

I suppose Dan Clowes is probably sick of hearing that joke. "Jesus! Another overgrown fanboy who can't keep his big mouth shut. It's subtext! You don't say it out loud, schmuck!" No, I have no idea why Dan Clowes sounds like Gilbert Gottfried either ...

I thought I knew how this was going to end, and was pleased to find I was wrong. Jack and Patience are in love, and expecting a baby. He returns to their apartment one day to find her dead, and sinks into
Apr 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
A pretty cool psychedelic sci-fi time-travel thingie. I never read anything by Clowes before, despite having his Ghost World on my shelf for ages, but Patience was an enjoyable enough read and a good introduction to the author's style. And of course, some very beautiful art and design here, this book is gorgeous. ...more
Emre Yavuz
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Good old Daniel Clowes. I really liked this one. It's like Ghost World meets Terminator :) ...more
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
2.5/5 Stars

I wasn't the biggest fan of this graphic novel. I definitely enjoyed Patience and Jack's relationship, especially at the beginning of the book and I liked how he did everything out of his love for her. The problem is that he was blinded by this love and that he was ready to kill in order to have her back and the possibility of a life that was taken from him. Also, the drawing style wasn't for me.
Paz R.M.
2 Stars.
I blame my ''comic book reading slump'' on this one (and The Beauty)
See, first time I heard of Patience was in March of last year, shout-out to Collider's Heroes, and damn they sold it too much. It was described as one of the best time-travel stories they have ever read, with surreal graphics and an emotional core with big surprises.
Man, this... was and wasn't that.
There's a very human element in this psychedelic sci-fi story, but it was not my cup of tea. I just didn't like it, at
Mar 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Read this in one sitting. A really great piece of graphic fiction. At first I thought the story was steering towards a Back To The Future scenario. Then it changed into what I thought was going to be similar to a Robert A. Heinlein scenario. Both done with great panache. But the story took a turn into territory that I'm not aware of being explored before.

I have enjoyed reading Daniel Clowes recently starting with The Complete Eightball 1-18 and my favorite work so far has been Like A Velvet Glov
Erin the Avid Reader ⚜BFF's with the Cheshire Cat⚜
I got this book without knowing what in the world was going to happen. I got it at Powell's bookstore for $30.00 and was autographed by the author himself. I got it because I love Daniel Clowes and his art style may be some of the best in comic history.

Oh boy was I not disappointed with this one! The settings and moods Clowes is able to create is simply astounding. If this man dies on us soon, I will weep rivers! This is a very, very good and very bizarre graphic novel. It reminded me a little
Jon Nakapalau
Time travel stories are so hard to do because there are several stories that have set high standards (A Sound of Thunder, Behold the Man, The Time Machine). Daniel Clowes does a great job of putting us in a situation that we can all relate to (traveling back in time to save someone we love) but then he pulls the carpet from under us - and we land on a hard floor looking up at the ceiling. One of the best GN I have read this year.
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Part detective noir/part time-travel scifi brainbender - a man seeks to save his murdered wife by hopping back in time to find her killer before he gets to her. As you could imagine, things don’t go as planned. The art was colorful, and the story moved very quickly (almost too quick) but because of those things this book was relentlessly engaging, and once I started reading it, I don’t think I stopped until the end. Well, maybe I stopped once to go pee, but gimme a break I’m only human.
Mar 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book floored me. It is like La Jatee (12 Monkeys) meets Velvet Glove Cast in Iron. While it is not as bizarro as the latter, there are moments when you are paging through a very touching SF love story and then turn a page only to have Clowes spring his quirky surrealism on you in a giant, colorful full-page splash that will leave your jaw on the floor. The book truly lives up to its subtitle listed on the back cover (which, to be frank, should have been the FRONT cover, in my opinon): "a co ...more
Koen Claeys
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Bizarre, intriguing, beautiful, compelling, thought provoking,.... typically Clowes.
Puvan Atwal
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book & story. Perfect balance of love and sci-fi by Mr Clowes. The art really is great too. I especially recommended to anyone in love. And anyone with kids or about to have a kid.
May 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Congratulations Daniel Clowes for winning the GoodReads Choice Awards for Best Graphic Novels & Comics 2016.

Or at least this is my hopes until anyone finds me something close to this good.

This is just so much fun to read. Fun is the word.

Somewhat like a better written and wackier version of Scott McCloud's The Sculptor: more entertaining, funny and adult.

I have a soft spot for grumbly protective-but-tough male protagonists so maybe that has something to do with my hype for this.

As you can tel
Nov 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics, indie
What an interesting new book from master cartoonist Daniel Clowes. Unlike his recent Wilson, or the work he's probably most famous for Ghost World, Patience is not exactly grounded in the real world. It's a time travel story, a murder mystery (that genre probably works strongest of all in the mix), and a tragic love story. But don't be fooled into thinking the gritty narrator makes this some Terminator-eque action movie plot. Yet it's not quite like Clowes' earlier surreal Eightball stories eith ...more
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'll admit to not liking this one as much as, say, Ice Haven or Wilson, but it's still Daniel Clowes (which is to say, incredibly well done). It's a fairly straight-forward sci-fi/love story without the style-changes or innovative use of comics "language" (panel-borders, color, narration boxes, etc.) that has recently pushed his work to a new level. Maybe he just needed a break from being overly profound?

Whatever the reason, it's still a compelling read without all the bells & whistles. And, of
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok
The setting is so bland it hurts. Never before has time travel been so mundane. Or successful for that matter. The author has Jack the main character worry about the Butterfly Effect, but does away with it by the end. Ultimately only the event Jack wanted to change was affected. The obstacles in Jack's path are artificial and as unimpressive as the artwork. The whole book is filled with events that should lead to his failure, but still don't. Basically, this is a time travel success story.

It's 2
Sam Julian
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
It's a well-told story but honestly was left feeling a little underwhelmed. I was expecting something more thoughtful. This is more of an action-adventure, albeit with Clowes' trademark tone. Given the cover I was hoping that the main character would be female but unfortunately that's not the case. Instead, she was mostly a plot device to motivate the male antihero main character.

As far as time-travel stories, I've read more interesting ones, structurally. This one kinda lets the protag get awa
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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 anthology Eightball (1989-2004), 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. With filmma ...more

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