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3.75  ·  Rating details ·  7,171 ratings  ·  582 reviews

Meet Wilson, an opinionated middle-aged loner who loves his dog and quite possibly no one else. In an ongoing quest to find human connection, he badgers friend and stranger alike into a series of onesided conversations, punctuating his own lofty discursions with a brutally honest, s
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published April 28th 2010 by Drawn and Quarterly
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Apr 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels

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
Sep 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: indie, comics
I just watched the film adaptation of Wilson, a very indie dark comedy starring Woody Harrelson as the titular character who wouldn't be my first choice but he did a good job--but this is a book review not a film review!) so I thought I would reread the graphic novel and think about what it is I love so much about it.

Wilson is an everyman who is both annoying optimistic and cynically grumpy. I can't quite place what it is that is so hilarious. It's pure Daniel Clowes, no other cartoonist could e
Dec 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Sam Quixote
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Bill Bryson-lookalike Wilson lives alone with his puppy, narrating his life to no-one. When his father dies he decides to look for his ex-wife, in the process discovering that he has a teenage daughter he’s never met. Together they strike up a flawed plan to (illegally) reunite their family.

Dan Clowes is best known for his oddball characters from Dan Pussey to Enid from Ghost World, Marshall from Mister Wonderful and David Boring. Wilson is my favourite of Clowes’ creations because he’s batshit
The solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, yet not nearly short enough life of an internet troll who doesn't know how to use the internet. ...more
Aug 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
♥ Sandi ❣
Jan 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Recommended to ♥ Sandi ❣ by: 2017 movie
A graphic novel, in single page stories, tells of a middle aged divirced man through the rest of his life to a senile old man, alone. Pages of losing his father, finding his ex-wife, kidnapping his grown daughter, going to prison, looking for his dog, marrying his dog sitter, meeting his grandson and as the circle of life moves, ending up alone.
Story contains a lot of dry humor. Will be made into a movie in 2017.
3.5 stars
Larnacouer  de SH
Apr 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
Well, based on people's comments, can say how funny Wilson is. For me? Yes, Wilson is self-deprecating person who is a quirky sense of humor is good enough but in terms of my enjoyment, it was only moderately okay. It didn't entertain me as they told me before. It wasn't full of story or humorous. It just felt empty.

But i liked Clowes style, I'll check out other graphics which belongs to him later. 😅
Sooraya Evans
Mar 07, 2018 rated it did not like it
A douche tries to reconnect with his ex wife and lost daughter.
The narrative is broken down into 6 panel segments that start off witty and end with disparaging punchlines. I don't understand why the art style couldn't be consistent.
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
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
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I think it was cool that every page could be interpreted as a different story, yet together they greater a bigger picture. I loved Wilson, even though he was awful... I do tend to like characters like that in books :p. There was some true character development in this book, and while it might have been cliche it was still heartwarming.
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brillant. Wilson is an awful chap, narcissistic to the core. There are moments that break your heart for those around him, too many moments I saw a reflection of ‘someones’ I know, and even a couple of discomfiting moments where my own thought came out of his mouth. Humorously sad.
Craig Maxwell
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
My first Daniel Clowes graphic novel and what a fantastic witty introduction. The character Wilson is completely hysterical individual that I completely fell in love with.
Laura D
Apr 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Wilson is a cynical old bastard. Wilson's redeeming quality is that he loves his dog, Pepper. ...more
Sandy Plants
Fuck this fucking book! I’m tired of this old-man, misanthrope trope...
May 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
I liked the different art styles on every page and the format. The story, idk yet.
Charles Hatfield
May 28, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Matthew Curtis Cornett
May 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.

Feb 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Apr 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
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
Jun 20, 2010 added it
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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
Apr 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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:
Jayaprakash Satyamurthy
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love the different styles of art and the slightly-less-bleak than Jimmy Corrigan story. Oh ye gads that last page is transcedent. Just read this.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Sad and unlikable Clowes characters are the best Clowes characters.
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never read a graphic novel before, and I liked it because I didn't have to waste all that time picturing scenes in my head; it gave me more time to check my phone. ...more
Spike Gomes
Sep 29, 2017 rated it liked it
If this were my first go round with indie comics in general, and Dan Clowes in particular "Wilson" would have blown me away. That said, it's not, and while the narrative presentation and graphic shorthand of of the book is new, the overall themes presented have become somewhat mined out from overuse over the past 20 something odd years, and by the fact that Clowes has covered the ground more deftly and with greater nuance in earlier works.

Wilson is an embittered overbearing self-absorbed asshole
This is a very strange and often disturbing tale about a very dysfunctional man's life. The way in which he relates to other characters is so blunt, inappropriate, and even vulnerable that it is hard to read at times.

The varying style in illustration changes our perspective of Wilson, from a very realistic appearance to a very cartoonish one, and the reader discerns a very noticeable aging throughout the tale.

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book, but I'm really not sure what to think about it.
Kay Marie
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dang that was A downer but I also laughed at times because he's a terrible person. Two things that struck a chord- owning a dog and how precious they are to you, and the regret of not having a child..i fear very much I will regret not having a child but struggle that shouldn't be my reason to have a kid. I get you wilson. ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The perfect read for when you want to laugh and feel depressed at the same time.
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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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