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Encyclopedia > Daniel Clowes
Daniel Clowes
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Clowes as he appeared in The Simpsons episode Husbands and Knives along with Art Spiegelman and Alan Moore. (Note: Far left)
Born Daniel Gillespie Clowes
April 14, 1961 (1961-04-14) (age 46)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Known for Eightball (1989-present)
Ghost World (1997)
Occupation Cartoonist, author, screenwriter
Spouse Erika Clowes
Children Charlie

Daniel Gillespie Clowes (born April 14, 1961 in Chicago, Illinois) is an Academy Award-nominated American author, screenwriter and cartoonist of alternative comic books, most notably Eightball (1989-present), an anthology of self-contained narratives and serialized graphic novels (one of which, Ghost World, was published separately in 1997.) With filmmaker Terry Zwigoff, Clowes adapted Ghost World into the 2000 film of the same name, and also adapted another Eightball story into the 2006 film Art School Confidential. Simpsons redirects here. ... Husbands and Knives is the seventh episode of The Simpsons nineteenth season and first aired on November 18, 2007. ... Art Spiegelman (born February 15, 1948) is an American comics artist, editor, and advocate for the medium of comics, best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning comic memoir, Maus. ... For other persons named Alan Moore, see Alan Moore (disambiguation). ... is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... For other uses of terms redirecting here, see US (disambiguation), USA (disambiguation), and United States (disambiguation) Motto In God We Trust(since 1956) (From Many, One; Latin, traditional) Anthem The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington, D.C. Largest city New York City National language English (de facto)1 Demonym American... Eightball is an alternative comic book series written and drawn by Daniel Clowes. ... This article is about the comic. ... Cartoonist Jack Elrod at work. ... For other uses, see Author (disambiguation). ... Screenwriters, scenarists, or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... is the 104th day of the year (105th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City 234. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... For other uses, see Author (disambiguation). ... Screenwriters, scenarists, or script writers, are authors who write the screenplays from which movies and television programs are made. ... Cartoonist Jack Elrod at work. ... For the publisher Alternative Comics, see Alternative Comics (publisher). ... Eightball is an alternative comic book series written and drawn by Daniel Clowes. ... This article is about the comic. ... Terry Zwigoff (born 1948 in Appleton, Wisconsin) is an American filmmaker based in San Francisco. ... Ghost World is a 2001 film by Terry Zwigoff, based on a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, also titled Ghost World. ... For the original comic see Art School Confidential (comic) Art School Confidential. ...

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Biography

In 1979, Clowes finished high school at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York. After earning 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 it soon appeared in issue 13 of the Hernandez brothers' Love and Rockets. Lloyd Llewellyn became a comic book series; the six regular issues, published in 1986 and 1987, were followed by a special, The All-New Lloyd Llewellyn in Black and White, in 1988. Then, in 1989, Fantagraphics published the first issue of his periodic comic collection Eightball, which is currently on issue 23. Many of Clowes' serials in Eightball have been collected and released as graphic novels, garnering significant critical acclaim and mainstream sales. These graphic novels include Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Ghost World, and David Boring. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife Erika and son Charlie. For other uses, see High school (disambiguation). ... The University of Chicago Laboratory Schools (also Lab School and abbreviated UCLS; the upper classes are nicknamed U-High) is a private, co-educational day school in Chicago, Illinois. ... Pratt Institute is a specialized, private college in New York City with campuses in Manhattan and Brooklyn, as well as in Utica, New York. ... This article is about the borough of New York City. ... This article is about the state. ... The Bachelor of Fine Arts, usually abbreviated BFA, is the standard undergraduate degree for students seeking a professional education in the visual or performing arts. ... Cracked Mazagine issue 31 - September 1963 Cracked was one of Americas oldest surviving national satire and humor magazines. ... Lloyd Llewellyn is the name of the 50s detective appearing in Daniel Clowes underground comic by the same name. ... 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 (born 1954) is an American comic book publisher, critic, editor in chief of the Comics Journal and co-founder of Fantagraphics Books. ... Love and Rockets (often abbreviated L&R) is a black and white comic book series by Gilbert Hernandez and Jaime Hernandez, sometimes cited jointly as Los Bros Hernandez. ... Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron is a graphic novel in English, written and drawn by Daniel Clowes. ... This article is about the comic. ... Cover of the original hardback edition of David Boring David Boring is a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. ... Oakland redirects here. ...


On September 16, 2007, The New York Times Magazine published the first installment of Mister Wonderful, a serialized graphic novel written by Clowes. Clowes described the novel as a "romance," and said that the strip will run for 20 installments, until mid-January 2008.[1][2] is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The New York Times is an internationally known daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed in the United States and many other nations worldwide. ...


Eightball

Sample page from David Boring, using color only when showing panels of an old 1960's comic that the title character is reading.

The first dozen or so issues of Eightball typically contained a number of short comedic stories featuring absurd characters such as Shamrock Squid and Grip Glutz along with topical satires such as "Art School Confidential". The first extended piece serialized in Eightball is Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron. Appearing in issues 1-10, this story features a complex, surrealistic storyline. Later issues have tended to focus on longer narratives, however. Ghost World was released as a collection in 1997 after being serialized in Eightball (11-18). It 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 serialize David Boring and have been released as a graphic novel by Pantheon Books. Image File history File links David_boring_page. ... Image File history File links David_boring_page. ... Eightball is an alternative comic book series written and drawn by Daniel Clowes. ... Shamrock Squid is a recurring comic book character in the comics of Daniel Clowes. ... 1867 edition of Punch, a ground-breaking British magazine of popular humour, including a good deal of satire of the contemporary social and political scene. ... For the film see Art School Confidential Art School Confidential is a four-page black-and-white comic by Daniel Clowes. ... Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron is a graphic novel in English, written and drawn by Daniel Clowes. ... Max Ernst. ... This article is about the comic. ... Terry Zwigoff (born 1948 in Appleton, Wisconsin) is an American filmmaker based in San Francisco. ... A reel of film, which predates digital cinematography. ... Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ... Trade paperback of Will Eisners A Contract with God (1978), often mistakenly cited as the first graphic novel. ... Pantheon Books was an American publishing company that was acquired by Random House in 1961. ...


Clowes continues to issue Eightball sporadically, with the most recent issues, ("Ice Haven" #22 [2001] and "The Death-Ray" #23 [2004]), each conceived as an artistically ambitious and self-contained work, featuring oversized, all-color formats. Ice Haven was released in June of 2005 by Pantheon in a revised and reformatted hardcover edition.


Cultural Context

Clowes' most famous work is associated with the late eighties and nineties, a transformational time for underground comics. Clowes' work was an important part of the explosion in the popularity of this genre and the newfound respect that it garnered from critics and academics. His work Ghost World was among the earliest "literary" comics to be marketed and sold through conventional book stores as a graphic novel (this despite the fact that he has been critical of the term "graphic novel"). His most famous work also coincides temporally with the so-called Generation X movement, and the post-adolescent aimlessness identified with that movement has remained one of his signature themes. He has led the way for younger comic artists like Adrian Tomine and Craig Thompson who tend to focus on post-adolescent characters and their conflicts. Like his contemporary David Lynch, Clowes is famous for mixing elements of kitsch and the grotesque in his comics, drawn in particular from sixties pop culture, MAD magazine, and the San Francisco underground comics scene of that era. This juxtaposition of superficial kitsch and horrific subject matter has since become something of a zeitgeist in much visual art, independent film, and of course underground comics themselves. This article is about the comic. ... Trade paperback of Will Eisners A Contract with God (1978), often mistakenly cited as the first graphic novel. ... For other uses, see Generation X (disambiguation). ... Adrian Tomine (born 1974) is a popular Gen X cartoonist is perhaps best known for his periodical illustrations in The New Yorker. ... ... For other persons named David Lynch, see David Lynch (disambiguation). ... Kitsch is a term of German origin that has been used to categorize art that is considered an inferior copy of an existing style. ... This article is about the word itself. ... Harvey Kurtzmans cover for the first issue of the comic book Mad Mad is an American humor magazine founded by publisher William Gaines and editor Harvey Kurtzman in 1952. ...


Awards

His work in comics has won him a good deal of recognition, including a nomination for the Comics Buyer's Guide Award for Favorite Writer in 1999. He has won numerous Harvey Awards, including Best Writer in 1997 and 2005, Best Cartoonist in 2002, and Best Single Issue or Story in 1990, 1991, 1998 and 2005. Comics Buyers Guide (CBG) is the longest-running periodical reporting on the comic book industry. ... The Harvey Awards are given for achievement in comic books. ...


Screenwriting career

Clowes has written two movies based on his comic works Ghost World and Art School Confidential, both of which were directed by Terry Zwigoff. He has begun work on two proposed film projects. This article is about the comic. ... For the original comic see Art School Confidential (comic) Art School Confidential. ... Terry Zwigoff (born 1948 in Appleton, Wisconsin) is an American filmmaker based in San Francisco. ...


Ghost World (2000)

Main article: Ghost World

Set in a non-descript American town, Ghost World follows the misadventures of two best friends, Enid (Thora Birch) and Rebecca (Scarlett Johansson) who detest their High School classmates and delight in mocking others. After graduation they plan on moving in together and avoiding college but instead begin to grow apart as adult alienation takes its toll. The two play a prank on a geeky, old record collector (Steve Buscemi) who quickly becomes Enid's unlikely friend and confidante as her relationship with Rebecca deteriorates. This article is about the comic. ... Thora Birch (born March 11, 1982) is an American actress. ... Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress. ... Steven Vincent Buscemi (born December 13, 1957) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor and film director. ...


The movie was nominated for a host of awards [1] most notably Best Adapted Screenplay for the 2001 Academy Awards. Academy Award The Academy Awards, popularly known as the Oscars, are the most prominent and most watched film awards ceremony in the world. ...


Art School Confidential (2006)

The movie is based very loosely on a short story of the same name that appeared in Eightball #7. Art School Confidential follows Jerome (Max Minghella), an art student who dreams of becoming the greatest artist in the world. The movie was not as well received as Ghost World and garnered many poor reviews. For the original comic see Art School Confidential (comic) Art School Confidential. ... For the film see Art School Confidential Art School Confidential is a four-page black-and-white comic by Daniel Clowes. ... Minghella in Bee Season, 2005 Max Minghella (born January 1, 1985) is an English actor. ...


The Death Ray (TBD)

In the summer of 2004, Clowes released issue 23 of his comic Eightball, a single-story issue entitled "The Death Ray." In July 2006, Clowes announced that he would be writing a script for The Death Ray, to be produced by Jack Black's Black and White Productions. The film version will be related to this story, though it will not be an exact adaptation.[2] Jack Black (born Thomas J. Black, Jr. ...


Master of Space and Time (TBD)

Clowes and Michel Gondry have discussed collaborating on a film version of Master of Space and Time, a Rudy Rucker novel. Clowes would write the screenplay and Gondry would direct. Despite the way it is being presented in various accounts, this project has not advanced beyond the discussion stage.[3] Michel Gondry, 2005 Michel Gondry, born May 8, 1963 (1964 according to some sources), is a French Academy Award winning screenwriter, film, commercial, and music video director noted for his inventive visual style and manipulation of mise en scène. ... Rudy Rucker, Fall 2004, photo by Georgia Rucker. ...


Illustrations

Happiness poster art, designed by Clowes.

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Selected works

Comic books

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. ...

Collections

  • Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron (Eightball #1-#10)
  • #$@&!: The Official Lloyd Llewellyn Collection (1989)
  • Pussey! (Eightball #1, #3, #4, #6, #8, #9, #12, #14)
  • Orgy Bound
  • Lout Rampage!
  • Ghost World (Eightball #11-#18)
  • Caricature Compilation of several Eightball short stories and one story ("Green Eyeliner") that appeared in Esquire
  • David Boring (Eightball #19-#21)
  • Twentieth Century Eightball Compilation of several Eightball short stories
  • Ice Haven Reformatted and expanded version of the experimental, multilayered narrative in Eightball #22

Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron is a graphic novel in English, written and drawn by Daniel Clowes. ... This article is about the comic. ... Cover of the 2002 paperback edition of Caricature Caricature is a book collection of nine comic short stories by Daniel Clowes. ... Cover of the original hardback edition of David Boring David Boring is a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes. ... Twentieth Century Eightball is a book collection of comics by Daniel Clowes published by Fantagraphics Books in 2002. ... Ice Haven is a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes told in comic strip form. ...

Movies

Ghost World is a 2001 film by Terry Zwigoff, based on a graphic novel by Daniel Clowes, also titled Ghost World. ... For the original comic see Art School Confidential (comic) Art School Confidential. ...

Miscellaneous

  • Eightball Postcards
  • Ghost World: A Screenplay
  • Cracked – recurring strip, "The UGGLY Family", in the mid-80s
  • National Lampoon
  • Little Enid doll
  • Enid & Rebecca Cloth Dolls
  • Enid Hi-Fashion Glamour Doll
  • Pogeybait Doll
  • "Boredom" - a mock board game

Cracked Mazagine issue 31 - September 1963 Cracked was one of Americas oldest surviving national satire and humor magazines. ... January 1973 cover of National Lampoon National Lampoon was an American humor magazine that began in 1970 as an offshoot of the Harvard Lampoon. ...

Commercial work

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 September 27, 1955 in Washington, D.C.) is an award-winning U.S. cartoonist and illustrator. ...

References

  1. ^ New Daniel Clowes Comic Strip Launches Sunday in NY Times, The Comic Book Bin, 2007-09-13. Retrieved on 2007-09-15.
  2. ^ Garner, Dwight. Stray Questions for: Daniel Clowes. The New York Times Paper Cuts: A Blog About Books, 2007-08-24. Retrieved on 2007-09-15.
  3. ^ http://www.santacruzskateboards.com/decks/pop.php?SKU=11111030

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 258th day of the year (259th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

External links

  • Daniel Clowes Bibliography: The most detailed site on the web for information on Clowes and his work.
  • Daniel Clowes at Fantagraphics: The publisher's page with biography.
  • Daniel Clowes: Biography & discussion of different comics and characters
  • Daniel Clowes: Drinks with Tony interview hosted by Tony DuShane
  • Daniel Clowes on BBC Collective: Interview and Ice Haven screensaver
  • Girls' world - The Guardian, November 3, 2001.
    • Interview with Clowes around the time of the release of Ghost World.
  • [4] Comic Book Awards Almanac

 
 

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