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Encyclopedia > Dan Clowes

Daniel Clowes (sometimes credited as Dan Clowes) is a comics-author and cartoonist of alternative comic books, including Eightball, and Lloyd Llewelyn. He is best known by mainstream audiences for the movie Ghost World, which was an adaptation of one of his stories. Comics (sometimes spelled comix) are combinations of words and images into a medium for telling stories. ... A cartoonist at work. ... The term alternative comics is one of several labels applied to a wide range of comic books, graphic novels, and allied forms created independently of large comic publishers such as Marvel comics or DC comics. ... Eightball is an alternative comic book series written and drawn by Daniel Clowes. ... Lloyd Llewellyn is the name of the 50s detective appearing in Daniel Clowes underground comic by the same name. ... Ghost World is a 2001 film by Terry Zwigoff, based on a graphic novel (comic book) by Daniel Clowes, also titled Ghost World. ...

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Biography

Clowes was born on April 14th, 1961 in Chicago. In 1979, he finished high school and attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. After gaining his BFA, he unsuccessfully attempted to find work in New York as an illustrator. From 1985 to 1989 he contributed both art and stories to Cracked magazine, working extensively on a feature called "The Uggly Family." In 1985 Clowes wrote his first Lloyd Llewellyn story, which he sent to Fantagraphics' Gary Groth and which soon appeared in issue 13 of the Hernandez Bros.'s Love & Rockets. Clowes's Lloyd Llewellyn comic ran for six issues, and in 1988 the last Lloyd Llewellyn title, The All-New Lloyd Llewellyn Special, appeared. Then in 1989 Fantagraphics published the first issue of Eightball, which, as of 2005, is at issue 23. Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... The Brooklyn Bridge in 1890, seven years after its opening Kings County in New York State Brooklyn is the most populous of the five boroughs of New York City. ... Cracked is a humor magazine, arguably the most successful imitator of the popular MAD Magazine. ... Fantagraphics Books is an American publisher of alternative comics, underground comics, classic comic strip anthologies, magazines, and graphic novels located in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. ... Gary Groth is an American comic book publisher, critic and co-founder of Fantagraphics Books and the Comics Journal. ...


Eightball

The first extended piece serialized in Eightball was "Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron." Appearing in issues 1-10, this story featured a disjointed, surrealistic storyline. The first dozen or so issues of Eightball typically featured a numerber of short comedic stories, but later issues have tended to focus on longer narratives, characters, and interpersonal relationships. Ghost World, released as a collection in 1997 after being serialized in Eightball (11-18), is an example of this later approach. Ghost World was adapted by Clowes and director Terry Zwigoff into a full-length feature film in 2001; both were nominated for an Academy Award for the screenplay. Issues 19-21 serialized "David Boring" and were later collected and released as a graphic novel by Pantheon. Book cover Ghost World is a 2001 film by Terry Zwigoff, based on a graphic novel (comic book) of the same name by Daniel Clowes. ...


Clowes continues to issue Eightball sporadically, with the most recent issues ("Ice Haven" #22 [2002] and "The Death-Ray" #23 [2004]) each conceived as an artistically ambitious and self-contained work, featuring oversized, all-color formats.


Trivia

The main character of Ghost World is named Enid Coleslaw, which is an anagram for Daniel Clowes. Clowes's artwork can also be seen in the Ramones video for "I Don't Want to Grow Up". An anagram (Greek ana- = back or again, and graphein = to write) is the result of permuting the letters of a word or words in such a manner as to produce other words that possess linguistic meaning. ... The Ramones were a hugely influential punk rock band formed in Forest Hills, Queens, New York in March 1974. ...


Partial Bibliography

Comic books:

Collections: Lloyd Llewellyn is the name of the 50s detective appearing in Daniel Clowes underground comic by the same name. ... Eightball is an alternative comic book series written and drawn by Daniel Clowes. ...

Work has also appeared in: Categories: Stub ... Book cover Ghost World is a 2001 film by Terry Zwigoff, based on a graphic novel (comic book) of the same name by Daniel Clowes. ... David Boring is a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes starring an ordinary twenty-something named Boring, his lesbian best friend/roommate Dot, and their sometimes fantastic and othertimes mundane adventures in and out of big city life. ...

Commercial work: Cracked is a humor magazine, arguably the most successful imitator of the popular MAD Magazine. ... The National Lampoon began in 1970 as an offshoot of the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine. ...

The minimalist OK Soda logo OK Soda was a soft drink created by The Coca-Cola Company in 1994 that aggressively courted the Generation X demographic with unusual advertising tactics, including endorsements and even outright negative publicity. ... Fantagraphics Books is an American publisher of alternative comics, underground comics, classic comic strip anthologies, magazines, and graphic novels located in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. ... Charles Burns (born 1955) is an award-winning cartoonist and illustrator. ...

External links

  • Daniel Clowes Bibliography (http://xroads.virginia.edu/~Public/clowes/clowes.html): An extensive bibliography of Clowes's work, interviews, and features.
  • Daniel Clowes at Fantagraphics (http://www.fantagraphics.com/artist/clowes/clowes.html): The publisher's page with biography.
  • Daniel Clowes (http://outer-court.com/text/daniel_clowes.html): Biography & discussion of different comics and characters

 
 

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