The Oakland Museum of California would like to invite you to “Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes” (until August 12) which will go on the road later this year, making stops in Cleveland, Chicago, and Washington, DC.
Based in Oakland, Daniel Clowes is internationally acclaimed for award-winning comics, graphic novels, and screenplays. With nearly 50 publications in multiple reprints and editions in ten languages, Clowes is credited as the cartoonist most responsible for developing the graphic novel into a credible literary form. The film version of Ghost World (2001), directed by Terry Zwigoff, earned Clowes an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay. Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes reveals original drawings and artifacts in an inspired installation environment. The exhibition, which is the first major survey of the work of Daniel Clowes, is accompanied by an extensive full-color monograph.
From a new interview at NPR: “Clowes rose to the occasion — or some might say sunk. In 1989, he created the comic book series Eightball, which he billed as “An Orgy of Spite, Vengeance, Hopelessness, Despair, and Sexual Perversion.” His main characters were unmotivated and cranky. His work skewered everything, from televangelists to fashionistas.
Enid Coleslaw, the reluctant heroine of Ghost World, is classic Clowes. She’s an outsider. She doesn’t like to play by the rules, she doesn’t want to get a job, she doesn’t want to go to college and she speaks her mind.
“Enid, if she knew about Ghost World, she would just hate it,” Clowes says. “She’d be like, ‘This book is, like, so horrible.’ You know, my characters are like the worst customers I could imagine.”
Original drawings of Enid and dozens more of Clowes’ eccentric characters adorn the gallery walls. David Boring is on a quest for the perfect wife. Then there’s The Death-Ray, a super hero spoof about a guy named Andy who gets special powers every time he puffs on a cigarette. And Wilson, who stars in Clowes’ most recent work, is an unemployed, divorced, grumpy loner. He talks to people in public places in a desperate attempt to make some kind of human connection.” Audio and more at NPR.
Dan Clowes – Modern Cartoonist
Launch Event Q&A with Ghost World creator and comic legend Dan Clowes, interviewed by his personal friend Mark Frauenfelder of BoingBoing.net
Nostalgia and Paranoia – Daniel Clowes
Documentary on comic book artist/cartoonist Daniel Clowes. From 2002.