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Ghost Worldby Daniel Clowes
Synopses & Reviews
One of the best-selling and critically-acclaimed graphic novels of all-time, telling the story of two supremely ironic, above-it-all teenagers facing the thrilling uncertainty of life after high school. As they attempt to carry their life-long friendship into a new era, the careful dynamics of their inseparable bond are jolted, and what seemed like a future of endless possibilities looks more like an encroaching reality of strip malls, low-paying service jobs and fading memories. Ghost World is also a major motion picture.
"[Clowes] spells out the realities of teen angst as powerfully and authentically as Salinger did in Catcher and the Rye for an earlier generation." Village Voice
"No one has their eye — or ear — focused on youth as acutely as Daniel Clowes." Vogue
"For once in a comic story people are portrayed as they really act and talk." Washingon Post
"The world looks different after you've read Clowes; so close observd it can alter your perceptions." Daily Telegraph (UK)
"For those interested in comic arts potential, Clowes's work offers exciting literary possibilites." Time
"Beautifully drawn, with subtle, convincing storylines. A classic portrait of teen life." Time-Out
"The artwork is evocative and tasteful and the book can serve as a bridge to more literary stories of friendships." School Library Journal
A collection of eight interconnected stories follows the friendship between two teenage girls, Enid and Rebecca.
Ranked #6 of The 20 Best Graphic Novels of the Decade (2009).[Clowes] spells out the realities of teen angst as powerfully and authentically as Salinger did in The Catcher in the Rye for an eariler generation.If there was ever a comic book story meant to be examined by non-comics fans, it's this, a classic in any medium.
1998 Ignatz Award Winner, Outstanding Graphic Novel: The inspiration for the feature film and one of the most acclaimed graphic novels ever.
Ghost World avoids all the clichés of the gen-X genre, presenting a melancholy, affecting portrait of two teen-age girls, best friends whose intertwined lives afford them a certain sanity, while the threat of separation brings home the tenuousnes of their shared reality.
Jimmy is a stereotypical geek who works at the library in Oakland, California, and is trapped in his own torpidity. Sara is his best friend, but she wants to get a life (translation: an apartment in Brooklyn and a publishing internship). When Sara moves to New York City, Jimmy is rattled. Then lonely. Then desperate. He screws up his courage, writes Sara a letter about his true feelings, and asks her to meet him at the top of the Empire State Building (a nod to their ongoing debate about Sleepless in Seattle).
Jimmy's cross-country bus trip to Manhattan is as hapless and funny as Jimmy himself. When he arrives in the city he's thought of as "a festering hellhole," he's surprised by how exciting he finds New York, and how heartbreakinghe discovers Sara has a boyfriend!
Jason Shiga's bold visual storytelling, sly pokes at popular culture, and subtle text work together seamlessly in Empire State, creating a quirky graphic novel comedy about the vagaries of love and friendship.
About the Author
Daniel Clowes's comics have appeared in Details, the New Yorker, Blab!, Cracked, and the Village Voice, to name but a few. In 1998, Clowes was commissioned by former Esquire Editor Dave Eggers to be the first cartoonist to contribute a comic story to the magazine's annual fiction issue. He has drawn album covers for bands such as the Supersuckers and Urge Overkill, and done illustration work for SubPop Records (he designed their mascot, Punky) and the infamous OK Soda from Coca-Cola. He did the animation for the little-seen but highly praised Ramones video "I Don't Wanna Grow Up," and the movie poster for Todd Solondz's acclaimed film Happiness.
Clowes's graphic novel collections include The Manly World of Lloyd Llewellyn, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Pussey!, Caricature, David Boring, Ghost World, Twentieth Century Eightball, and the most recent, Ice Haven. Ghost World, Clowes's most popular book, is the bestselling book in Fantagraphics' 29-year history history not involving beagles, with over 100,000 copies sold.
Clowes lives in Oakland, CA, with his wife Erika and son Charlie.
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