Synopses & Reviews
The dramatic short stories included in have drawn comparisons to Nabokov for their complex naturalism and sense of humor. Anchored by the title story, considered the first apotheosis of Clowes' seminal underground comic book series, also includes eight other stories, including "Green Eyeliner," a six-page full-color short story originally published in as the first work of comics to be featured in the magazine's fiction issue (and commissioned by then-editor Dave Eggers). Also included are: a rare fully-painted short, "MCMLXVI," the full-color "Gold Mommy," "Glue Destiny," "Gynecology," "Immortal, Invisible," "Blue Italian Shit," "Like a Weed, Joe," "Black Satin," an all-new cover, and more.
Expressive, meticulously glum drawings and a constant undertone of mocking, oddball hilarity distinguish Clowe's work. (Publishers Weekly's PW Daily, 18 October 2002)
His simple, gentle lines can convey a sense of aching loneliness or dream-like confusion as powerfully as any dialogue. (The List, 9 May 2002, Mark Robertson)
Clowes is a strange master at creating entertaining scenarios about contemporary social vacuity. (Publishers Weekly, 1 July 2002)
Clowes is a master of the comics artform, one of the best cartoonists alive. (Comic Book Galaxy, Alan David Doane)
A collection of tales populated by misanthropic loners, including the title story in which a county fair caricaturist develops a relationship with an unstable girl who may or may not be the teenage daughter of a famous artist.
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About the Author
Daniel Clowes, a multi-Harvey, Eisner and Ignatz Award-winner, is a Chicago native living in Oakland, CA, with his wife Erika. His many books include David Boring, Ghost World, Wilson, Ice Haven, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Caricature, and 2011's Mister Wonderful.