The art of Daniel Clowes: modern cartoonist - Clowes, Daniel
Summary: Examines the work and accomplishments of the author of "Eightball," "Ghost World," and other alternative comics and graphic novels.
Clowes is the ultimate alt-comics artist, combining drawing chops equal to those of Jaime Hernandez, the derisively skeptical attitude of a Peter Bagge, and a formal mastery of the medium that rivals Chris Ware's. This handsome volume, released in connection with a traveling exhibition of Clowes' artwork, offers an overview of his 25 years in comics, from his late-'80s magazine Eightball through his acclaimed graphic novels, including Ghost World (1997), David Boring (2000), and Wilson (2010). The volume opens with a recent, career-spanning interview and a generous selection of his groundbreaking Eightball-era work, followed by an appreciation by close friend Ware, who reminisces about their days as struggling cartoonists in Chicago in the early '90s (their informal collaborations are among the rarest of the many rarities reprinted in the book). Other essays offer insight into Clowes' later work, but it's the profusion of his artwork collected here—comics pages, unpublished sketches, New Yorker covers, and other commercial illustrations—that makes the most compelling case for Clowes as one of the most accomplished and important figures on the contemporary comics scene. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.