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David Boring

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  6,848 Ratings  ·  256 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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Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh, Daniel Boring! You definitely have a special place in my heart! (As do "Ghost World"'s Enid and Rebecca, duh.) You are so human & such a victim. You are confused and definitely take up space in the (indifferent?) world. Daniel Clowes' human faces in the crystallized moment are heartbreaking when they are not downright laughable, human when they aren't outright caricatures. Very much like in real life, no?
May 27, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 27, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Alika Yarnell
Feb 14, 2008 added it
Recommends it for: Delusional teenage boys with a fetish for ample bottoms
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Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was ok
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.
Nov 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Alan Chen
Jan 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
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
Dov Zeller
Sep 24, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphics-comics
Not sure what to make of this anti-heroic comic book/sort of film in which a fairly apathetic, plain, take the bull by zero horns character is in something of a noir, super-hero-ish, sort of actiony comic.

There is a lot of sad-sack humor in here that could be very funny, but falls a bit flat, as I think it is meant to, because of the genre mash-up. The opening pages seem to me an exercise in bringing together many comic modes at once and putting them in a bit of a blender (a la mode?) and then
Feb 01, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Matt Cornett
May 27, 2010 rated it liked it
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.
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
May 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Sep 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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.
Eddie Watkins
Nov 16, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga-comics
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.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*Plotless Review*

Like my review for Clowes's Eightball, I am making an exception to my 5* rating policy as I definitely would not recommend these books to everyone.

I generally wouldn't recommend either book to most female readers because they have an explicit male POV which will probably come across as obnoxious or unattractive as they are for unidealistic male characters that are disappointingly sleazy, weak, sensitive and indecisive. I don't find this frustrating---they are nothing compared to
Jun 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
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
May 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Jun 13, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Is it a movie? Is it a comic? Is David a shit person or a misunderstood loser? All of the above?

David Boring is a well-made book, but one that leaves so many questions by the end that Clowes must be writing about how we investigate the meaning of the insignificant pieces of life the same way we do with the elements of stories or comics or any art. In a painting, the angles of a pile of garbage could direct us to a profound statement about our lives; in real life, the pile of garbage is what it
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
Tom Bensley
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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,
Si Barron
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
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
Feb 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
May 20, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Matt Graupman
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Every review probably makes this "joke" so I guess I'll get it out of the way: "David Boring" is not, in fact, boring. Okay? Are we good? Can we move on?

Mining the same deadpan humor and quirky characters as his breakout graphic novel, "Ghost World," Daniel Clowes' "David Boring" is like a weirder, more erratic cousin to the former work. Broken into three uneven parts, it's an odd mash-up of crime noir, romantic confessional, apocalyptic mystery, and family drama. It's written in such a stream-o
Oct 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
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
Nicholas Whyte[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
La estrella se la doy por el aspecto artístico (si esto fuera una novela, desearía poder ponerle un cero). El guión tiene demasiadas lagunas y va de... gente borde, sin los contrastes y superposiciones de Ghost World.

Aug 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
E' un'opera della fase finale del post-moderno, che appartiene a quell'estetica, ma che preannuncia elementi di superamento molto interessanti.

Il testo cita numerose opere dell'epoca modernista: molte "inquadrature" ricordano i quadri di Hopper, colui che seppe raccontare la solitudine e il forte senso di vuoto della vita moderna; la seconda parte del romanzo ricorda Gita al Faro della Woolf e di come una semplice gita possa diventare motivo di conflitti familiari al limite dell'autodistruttivo
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
One of Clowes' more accessible works in the vein of Ghost World (though more tentpole blockbuster than indie film) featuring gunplay, big butts, and world-ending catastrophes. I say "tentpole blockbuster", but it's still a Clowes comic, so don't expect Bayhem or anything.
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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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