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David Boring (Pantheon Graphic Novels) Paperback – September 24, 2002
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Stripped down, David Boring is a love story. Artfully dressed up by Clowes' craftsmanship, however, the standard love story is complicated by all manner of fixation, fetishism and obsessiveness in addition to the possible end of the world.
As a character, David Boring's only remarkable traits are his fetish for fat-bottomed girls and the single issue of his father's comic that he happens to own. This sexual fetish leads to expected relationship problems as David constantly risks letting his obsession for the physical overshadow any and all other aspects of his relationships with women. David's fetish for his father's comic, and subsequent obsession to learn about the man from the remaining scraps of his work, leads to one to speculate about the triadic, feedback-loop-like relationship between creator, creation and reader.
And so this theme of destructive fetishism runs rampant through David Boring as Clowes explores various characters, their fetishes and the nuanced situations that result from such behavior.Read more ›
Daniel Clowes has a tremendous gift as a storyteller, and in this comic book, he conscientiously chooses the 3-act screenplay form, both using it as a legitimate vehicle for his story and also as a deconstructive techinique. His characters are wonderfully three-dimensional, and the way they go in and out of love is always shown through a sympathetic, but detached view. The mistakes the characters make, the yearnings and losses... approximate the real human experience. The ending is a hopeful one - even as the end-time seems to be near, another possibility of love keeps David Boring afloat. Although Chris Ware seems to have caught the public and critical acclaim, when it comes to telling stories of modern alienation, there is no graphic artist to best Daniel Clowes. Not yet. Impressive.
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I loved this. Sad that it was over, but looking to read other installments of Eightball........Published 15 months ago by Chris
Welcome to the Clowes mind: you'll be pleased and appalled to see how closely it resembles yours.Published 16 months ago by Roger Downey
I return to this book again and again. I see the world fhrough Daniel Clowes's eyes whenever I go out and mingle with the public. This story will haunt you.Published on September 2, 2013 by Noah Fence
A little confused about all the women`s names but guess
I`ll just have to read again. : ) Artwork was great.
A deceptively complicated narrative simply and confidently told, Daniel Clowes' 'David Boring' (2000) is a noirish graphic novel which combines overt aspects of Alfred Hitchcock's... Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by The Wingchair Critic
I bought this book since I also own Ghost World and loved it. This book was a bit weird but I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished on March 17, 2013 by JM
This is a book about adolescence. It is similarly caught between the mundane and the overwrought. The eponymous narrator is, like most of us, smart, mundane and somewhat shabby -... Read morePublished on January 13, 2013 by Freelancer Frank
I had to buy this for a class I am taking currently and decided to read it early. In one sitting I found myself done and through with a truly enjoyable piece of writing. Read morePublished on January 21, 2012 by Winchester
Better the pastel-tinted gloom of Eightball (I have #23) than this morbid Lynchian romance for overgrown adolescents - or Austerian possibly? Read morePublished on January 13, 2011 by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'