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The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist Hardcover – April 1, 2012
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About the Author
Alvin Buenaventura recently started the publishing company Pigeon Press. He previously published artistic and insightful graphic novels, books, and prints under the imprint Buenaventura Press from 2003 to 2009. Buenaventura also edits the monthly comics section for McSweeney’s literary magazine, The Believer. He lives in Oakland, California.
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Top Customer Reviews
Thereafter, things get disappointing VERY quickly. Where is all the unreleased artwork? Other than the odd sketch and a few greeting-cards (created for his wife), we're left wanting. What the book DOES provide is plenty of cover reprints, strip reprints, panel details.... items that fans are already familiar-with and items that are still readily available for purchase in their original form.
The original/unreleased/rare artwork we *are* treated to is scant and - when we are treated to a genuine rarity - it is often so very tiny that detail is totally lost. Ever wanted to see one of the rare "girly-ties" that Clowes would paint you for $100 back in the early 90's? Well get your your magnifying glass because there's a picture of one here. Barely. I am lucky enough to have very good vision, and even still felt I was straining just to make-out any level of detail on most of the "rare" artwork we're treated to here.
I won't elaborate on the disappointing nature of the writing - another reviewer here has done a much better job than I ever could. To sum up - I would have GLADLY seen an exchange whereby these 'articles' were substituted with rarely seen Artwork. The "Cracked" art. The National Lampoon "Pogeybait" strips. Unreleased sketches. ANYTHING!!
This is just such a wasted opportunity and - as has been eloquently mentioned by another reviewer - we're not likely to see such an overview again anytime soon. If this book had been released with the option to also buy "DANEIL CLOWES: UNSEEN WORKS" or any other such volume, then I would be more than pleased with this slight overview. But as it stands, it's seriously lacking and, frankly, kind of upsetting.
|Length: 2:36 Mins|
Before receiving this book I had many ideas about what it might contain. Even as I flicked through it I was still not quite sure of what it came to. Having read it now though, I would describe the book like so: images are scattered throughout in a seemingly random order and with no commentary. If you're a fan of Clowes to the point that you've done a Google Image Search and looked at the results you will have seen most of these images before. Some though, certainly, you wont have seen before. With the written content there's a great interview that will raise your hopes as to what the rest of the book might be. And then there's five articles, all of which were written without Clowes' involvement. Excluding Chris Ware's piece, these fall on the side of either utterly forgettable or complete drivel. There's also a short introduction, a one-page summation of `Eightball' and a sketchy timeline spread over two pages that doesn't list when each issue of Eightball was released, only the first issue, but does find the space to list the year when each book collection was released. And that's the whole book. That's The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disposes many of the self-conjured fallacies behind the enigmatic Mr. Clowes. Great read for either the enthusiast or the beginner.Published 23 months ago by Chelsea Myers
As someone who has followed the work of Dan Clowes since the late 90's, discovering Eightball just before 'David Boring' was serialized, I was able to devour the collected editions... Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by EisNinE
I feel that Clowes has become a money machine and quality has really gone downhill and this book is reflective of that; no respect for his fans, It is all about putting something... Read morePublished on August 28, 2013 by reading guy
If you have never seen Daniel Clowes art you are missing out on artistic brilliance. The way he draws and uses colors is quite extoaordinay, to say the least. Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Gene Farwell
Definitely enjoyed the retrospective approach to Clowes' body of work from his early childhood doodlings to his forays into the fields of album and poster design. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Sibelius
What Daniel Clowes does, seemingly with utmost simplicity, is capture tiny essences of human existence and lay them bare, exposing raw emotion so powerfully that it can devastate... Read morePublished on March 5, 2013 by GraphicNovelReporter.com
The usual tiresome and uninformative comic monograph articles and reproductions of Clowes work that you already own is augmented in this book by a number of rare graphic design... Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by Michael Cohen