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ISBN13: 9781770460072
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"There's a guy who sits outside my local coffee shop every afternoon running his mouth. He insults people, makes inflammatory statements (he's all for "dropping every bomb we got on the Middle East"), and offers his uninvited comments about most any topic under the sun (last week he opined that cat piss smells worse than dog piss; the week before he told a woman that her teenage daughter looked pregnant). Sometimes people ask him what his problem is, and he always replies by shaking his head and saying something like 'I'm just telling it like it is.' He doesn't appear to be crazy, or dangerous — he's just an asshole, pure and simple." Daniel Clowes, Rain Taxi (Read the entire Rain Taxi review)

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An original graphic novel from the Oscar-nominated screenwriter and award-winning cartoonist

Meet Wilson, an opinionated middle-aged loner who loves his dog and quite possibly no one else. In an ongoing quest to find human connection, he badgers friend and stranger alike into a series of onesided conversations, punctuating his own lofty discursions with a brutally honest, self-negating sense of humor. After his father dies, Wilson, now irrevocably alone, sets out to find his ex-wife with the hope of rekindling their long-dead relationship, and discovers he has a teenage daughter, born after the marriage ended and given up for adoption. Wilson eventually forces all three to reconnect as a family — a doomed mission that will surely, inevitably backfire.

In the first all-new graphic novel from one of the leading cartoonists of our time, Daniel Clowes creates a thoroughly engaging, complex, and fascinating portrait of the modern egoist — outspoken and oblivious to the world around him.Working in a single-page-gag format and drawing in a spectrum of styles, the cartoonist of GhostWorld, Ice Haven, and David Boring gives us his funniest and most deeply affecting novel to date.

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"Clowes (Ghost World) takes his particular brand of misanthropic misery to new levels of brilliance in this book, a series of one-page gags that show the divorced and lonely main character repeatedly attempting to engage with life, and then falling back into his hell of pessimism. Clowes uses a variety of drawing styles to depict Wilson and his world; sometimes he's highly realistic, other times he's an Andy Capp — style cartoon, but he's always the same downbeat guy. In one sketch titled 'FL 1282,' Wilson asks the kid seated next to him on a plane about his line of work. When the kid answers that he does 'I.T. stuff,' Wilson comes back at him with a mockingly satirical description of his own supposed work, using only initials. The last panel shows Wilson looking at a Spirit magazine and asking, 'Christ, do you realize how ridiculous you sound?' Clearly, the comment is directed as much at himself as to the I.T. kid. This attitude of solipsistic despair is expressed incisively and cleverly, taking Wilson through a search for his ex-wife, Pippi, who has become a prostitute since leaving him, and their daughter, put up for adoption years earlier. Clowes offers another beautifully drawn slice of piercing social commentary." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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“Clowes is the country's premier underground cartoonist.” Newsweek

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"A bona-fide cult hero." New Yorker

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"[Clowes has] explored the tedium and mystery of contemporary American life with more wit and insight than most novelists or filmmakers." New York Times

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In the first all-new graphic novel from one of the leading cartoonists of our time, Clowes (GhostWorld) creates a thoroughly engaging, complex, and fascinating portrait of the modern egoist — outspoken and oblivious to the world around him.

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AN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM THE OSCAR-NOMINATED SCREENWRITER AND AWARD-WINNING CARTOONIST

Meet Wilson, an opinionated middle-aged loner who loves his dog and quite possibly no one else. In an ongoing quest to find human connection, he badgers friend and stranger alike into a series of onesided conversations, punctuating his own lofty discursions with a brutally honest, self-negating sense of humor. After his father dies, Wilson, now irrevocably alone, sets out to find his ex-wife with the hope of rekindling their long-dead relationship, and discovers he has a teenage daughter, born after the marriage ended and given up for adoption.Wilson eventually forces all three to reconnect as a family—a doomed mission that will surely, inevitably backfire.

In the first all-new graphic novel from one of the leading cartoonists of our time, Daniel Clowes creates a thoroughly engaging, complex, and fascinating portrait of the modern egoist—outspoken and oblivious to the world around him.Working in a single-page-gag format and drawing in a spectrumof styles, the cartoonist of GhostWorld, Ice Haven, and David Boring gives us his funniest and most deeply affecting novel to date.

About the Author

Daniel Clowes is the author of the seminal comic book series Eightball, the screenwriter of Ghost World and Art School Confidential, and an illustrator for the New Yorker. He is married and lives in Oakland, California.

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colour_orange, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by colour_orange)
This is a great graphic novel for grown-ups. Issues such as divorce, reconciliation, and regret are explored in a touching yet comical manner.
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Larry Robinson, June 30, 2010 (view all comments by Larry Robinson)
Wow, who knew comics could be so cynical? Clowes, using different artistic styles, tells Wilson's story in on page vignettes. Much of to book is spend deriding others or searching for his ex-wife and his daughter. Eventually he finds them both, for better or worse. I've read other Clowes books and found them entertaining, but this one stands out for me.



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Product Details

ISBN:
9781770460072
Author:
Clowes, Daniel
Publisher:
Drawn & Quarterly
Subject:
General
Subject:
Divorced men
Subject:
Graphic Novels
Subject:
Graphic Novels - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Full-Color Illustrations Throughout
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
11.50 x 8.25 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Clowes (Ghost World) takes his particular brand of misanthropic misery to new levels of brilliance in this book, a series of one-page gags that show the divorced and lonely main character repeatedly attempting to engage with life, and then falling back into his hell of pessimism. Clowes uses a variety of drawing styles to depict Wilson and his world; sometimes he's highly realistic, other times he's an Andy Capp — style cartoon, but he's always the same downbeat guy. In one sketch titled 'FL 1282,' Wilson asks the kid seated next to him on a plane about his line of work. When the kid answers that he does 'I.T. stuff,' Wilson comes back at him with a mockingly satirical description of his own supposed work, using only initials. The last panel shows Wilson looking at a Spirit magazine and asking, 'Christ, do you realize how ridiculous you sound?' Clearly, the comment is directed as much at himself as to the I.T. kid. This attitude of solipsistic despair is expressed incisively and cleverly, taking Wilson through a search for his ex-wife, Pippi, who has become a prostitute since leaving him, and their daughter, put up for adoption years earlier. Clowes offers another beautifully drawn slice of piercing social commentary." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review A Day" by , "There's a guy who sits outside my local coffee shop every afternoon running his mouth. He insults people, makes inflammatory statements (he's all for "dropping every bomb we got on the Middle East"), and offers his uninvited comments about most any topic under the sun (last week he opined that cat piss smells worse than dog piss; the week before he told a woman that her teenage daughter looked pregnant). Sometimes people ask him what his problem is, and he always replies by shaking his head and saying something like 'I'm just telling it like it is.' He doesn't appear to be crazy, or dangerous — he's just an asshole, pure and simple." (Read the entire Rain Taxi review)
"Review" by , “Clowes is the country's premier underground cartoonist.”
"Review" by , "A bona-fide cult hero."
"Review" by , "[Clowes has] explored the tedium and mystery of contemporary American life with more wit and insight than most novelists or filmmakers."
"Synopsis" by , In the first all-new graphic novel from one of the leading cartoonists of our time, Clowes (GhostWorld) creates a thoroughly engaging, complex, and fascinating portrait of the modern egoist — outspoken and oblivious to the world around him.
"Synopsis" by ,
AN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM THE OSCAR-NOMINATED SCREENWRITER AND AWARD-WINNING CARTOONIST

Meet Wilson, an opinionated middle-aged loner who loves his dog and quite possibly no one else. In an ongoing quest to find human connection, he badgers friend and stranger alike into a series of onesided conversations, punctuating his own lofty discursions with a brutally honest, self-negating sense of humor. After his father dies, Wilson, now irrevocably alone, sets out to find his ex-wife with the hope of rekindling their long-dead relationship, and discovers he has a teenage daughter, born after the marriage ended and given up for adoption.Wilson eventually forces all three to reconnect as a family—a doomed mission that will surely, inevitably backfire.

In the first all-new graphic novel from one of the leading cartoonists of our time, Daniel Clowes creates a thoroughly engaging, complex, and fascinating portrait of the modern egoist—outspoken and oblivious to the world around him.Working in a single-page-gag format and drawing in a spectrumof styles, the cartoonist of GhostWorld, Ice Haven, and David Boring gives us his funniest and most deeply affecting novel to date.

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