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Ice Haven

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  5,087 Ratings  ·  200 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 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
Mar 30, 2009 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
Feb 03, 2017 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 22, 2010 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 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 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 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars. Not my favorite Clowes, but still entertaining.
Sep 24, 2007 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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 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
Jan 16, 2017 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
Jun 22, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite possibly Daniel Clowes masterpiece.
Jon(athan) Nakapalau
Think Thornton Wilder's Our Town as a comic.
Aug 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, english
Metabunker's review of the work is well written.
DeAnna Knippling
Nov 04, 2014 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.
Dec 11, 2016 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.
Gavin Breeden
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
A wonderful example of economy in story-telling. This short book, told in the style of a series of Sunday comic stripe, depicts the internal life of eight or so characters residing in the small Midwestern town of Ice Haven. There's Random Wilder the narcissistic, failed poet who serves as our narrator; Vida, the struggling writer visiting her grandmother from out of town; Charles, an intelligent boy with a big crush on his new, older stepsister; Violet, the aforementioned stepsister who is in lo ...more
Alexander Lisovsky
Зарисовки из жизни маленького города и его чудных обитателей. Поначалу вообще в духе "здравствуй, дорогой дневничок", потом вроде немного разворачивается, появляются связи между разными сюжетными линиями. Местами тонко, местами забавно, местами трогательно, но в целом сухо и скучновато.

Классные обложки!
Lauren Munoz
2.5 stars. Conceptually this comic is great - Clowes uses newspaper-style comic strip imitations to weave together multiple narratives from various people in the same small town. While this prevented the art and framing from getting stale, I don't think most of the stories (the exception being the comic critic panels) said anything new or interesting enough to deserve the creativity of the concept. That being said, I might recommend this to young adults - they are less likely to have been expose ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ice Haven" is Daniel Clowes's exploration of a small town and its maudlin citizens does not get off to a good start. The first Sunday-morning styled cartoon presents the bookmark story and character, one comic critic who seems to only exist to defend Mr. Clowes from his critics. Oh well, the story branches out and includes a lost child, Leopold and Loeb, and a long line of depressives and anxiety stricken outsiders that try to find love and meaning in the trappings of a bland small town. It doe ...more
May Watson
I'm not sure if I ~got~ Ice Haven but I definitely enjoyed it.
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meh. Not my favorite Clowes' book. Maybe I'm not smart enough to "get it". 🤷🏻♀ *shrugs shoulders*
His drawings are on point, as always. And the convenience store segment is a thumbs up.
I didn't quite understand the point of this book.
Joe Kraus
Feb 17, 2017 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
Julie Rylie
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphics
Another bundle of intertwined life stories of weirdos living in Ice Haven like Clowes always love. There are kids with evolved ways of managing their feelings, teenagers being teenagers, aspiring artists, not so good old aspiring artists, and a funny way of putting a book critic in the comic's begin and end.
V. L. Craven
Aug 10, 2013 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 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
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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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