- Hardcover: 232 pages
- Publisher: Fantagraphics; Special edition (September 10, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1560978902
- ISBN-13: 978-1560978909
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 1.1 x 11.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,069,554 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ghost World: The Special Edition Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, September 10, 2008
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“Ghost World gets better every time I read it, and I’ve read it hundreds of times. It still frightens me a little how well Daniel Clowes managed to nail the teen-girl brain.” (Alexandra Molotkow - The Hairpin)
“The appeal of Daniel Clowes’ breakout graphic novel lies not from what could be predictable plotting, but from its engaging character work. It is the relationship between outsider teens Enid and Rebecca that holds readers in its hilariously cynical sway from panel one.” (Wizard)
“Are you a fan of Ghost World? You might not have noticed that Seattle-based Fantagraphics has reduced the price of.... [this] Special Edition [that] is packed with goodies sure to thrill the Ghost World geek.... It’s a great item to add to your Ghost World collection ― or to get it started.” (Gillian Gaar - Examiner.com)
About the Author
Daniel Clowes is a celebrated graphic novelist, Academy-Award nominated screenwriter, and frequent cover artist for the New Yorker. He lives in Oakland, CA. He is a multi-Harvey, Eisner, and Ignatz Award winner, and his papers were recently acquired by the University of Chicago library.
Top Customer Reviews
"Ghost World" was released way back in the 90's during the height of the cynical teen culture. They swear! They complain! They mope! Nobody in the world can possibly understand what they're going through! But, we do. If you read this book at the appropriate age, (I would say around 13-17.) then you were probably sucked right into their world.
They are truly philosophers of teenage angst. If you read it after your teenage/young adult years, you'll simply see them as whining kids. Which is fair, they are, but no book besides "The Catcher in the Rye" so perfectly captured teenage angst in its pure roots. Throw this book at a surly teen and they will treasure it forever, making them feel not so alone. Heavens, it might even make them laugh occasionally!
I grew up reading this book. When I first got it, I was a misfit in High School and could empathize with the loner outcast feel they sent off. When I grew a little older into my late teens, I understood how people grow up and grow apart, and had a falling out with my best friend that mirrored events in the book itself. Finally, I realized how there was more to life than simply sitting down and feeling sorry for yourself. Now, in my young adult stage, I can see the girls for what they are: A perfect time capsule of one point in every persons life. They aren't great thinkers except for what they are at that exact stage.
You may not truly appreciate the depths the book has unless you had read it while younger. But if you can remember teen years, then its worth it to pick up a copy.
This is a fantastic release. It has the original book with all the art work intact, along with original copies of the book from the Eightball magazine.Read more ›
There an interesting theme of dodging the freaks that appear around them... until they end up on television at least. John Ellis' character seemed to hover around the issue of child molestation just to lightly suggest that Rebecca had experienced that in her past, as a contributing factor to her character.
I love that Enid was looking for one lame children's record the entire time as she tried on her various disguises over the years. It reminds you of the nostalgia that overwhelms you at around 18 where you realize how formative all of those interests proved to be.
The movie's decision to have an age-based romance between Enid and a record collector seemed shoehorned in, and the art class jokes take us away from the real point of the story in the graphic novel. Point being, if you have to choose one of them, get this.
Enid and Rebecca are best friends who constantly shout insults at each other, because that's how they communicate. I'm not used to seeing people talk this way in books, but I also know people who talk this way. It's not over-the-top or malicious...it's real.
The girls also don't know what they want in their future, especially Enid. She's graduated from high school and her father is pressing for college. She's not interested in college, but she doesn't want to disappoint her father, and she doesn't know what to do instead of school, either. She doesn't look for a job or try to figure out the next step in her life.
Enid and Rebecca are very cynical and caustic, but they live in a world where they can see no other way to act. Everyone around them is pretentious or clueless...or both. The stuff on television and in magazines strikes them as ridiculous. They can't stand the people around them. It's an excellent portrayal of alienation, especially teenage alienation. Even when Enid and Rebecca aren't being nice, they're still understandable. This graphic novel is very funny, but it's also very sad, and sometimes it's both at the same time. The saddest part is when Enid and Rebecca pull a prank on a man trying to meet a woman, but the girls, especially Enid, don't realize what they've done until it's too late.
Ghost World is very well known in the comics world, a sort of classic in the field. Others might be familiar with the critically acclaimed movie based on it and starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, and Steve Buscemi.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A poignant look at life for the common folks who "think outside the box" as the USA's ruling elite-class masters want us to think thus behave.Published on November 16, 2013 by S. Kelley
Wrote a report on this comparing it to the movie and got an A+ on it. they are similar and yet different. Great graphic novelPublished on April 17, 2013 by queenienirvana
this book was in great condition. it was not dirty or scratched. this book is a great read. loved it.Published on March 22, 2013 by megandean88
The product arrived in time and it was in very good conditions. Albeit, the cover was not new. It doesn't give the impression of being used by someone, but rather of being for... Read morePublished on August 8, 2012 by carlos
I usually have problems justifying "special editions" of things, even when it's something i love as much as Ghost World.
Quick review: Worth every penny. Read more
The GW film was so different; I bought the "Special Edition" book to see where the concept came from. Read morePublished on April 26, 2011 by Customer
This was almost exactly like the movie. However, I think I liked the movie better. I will have to re-watch it soon.Published on June 3, 2010 by Jessica Confessore