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Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron Paperback – January 17, 1993
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From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Velvet Glove starts off normally enough-Clay Loudermilk, with nothing better to do, goes into a B-movie theatre, where he steps in icky stuff on the floor, tries to look unapproachable for the other patrons, and wonders why there is a line forming in the men's room. So he's watching this movie and feeling all disgusted with himself, and then the second feature comes on, a movie he's never seen before, a movie of the same title as the story. In this movie, which features no nudity or sex but is somehow just as sickening, a masked woman in a bondage outfit appears to behead two other people in the movie, one of whom kinda looks like Hitler and dresses in baby clothes. Then the woman in the bondage outfit removes her mask and turns out to be--Clay's ex-lover.
Clay's quest to find out what in the hell his old girlfriend was doing in that movie takes him on a surreal, psychotic voyage. On his way, he encounters a cult of nymphos bent on triggering the ultimate war of the sexes and an eccentric middle-age man who thinks a corporate logo holds the key to the origin of the universe.
Love Clowes' character images. Very snazzy faces. He can draw some disturbing and ugly images, too. Had to note the art somewhere.
Try to find this book or the issues of Eightball it is serialized in. It is worth the effort. If you do get the individual issues, be sure to get all of the first ten of Eightball so you get the complete story, because you need to down it all in one gulp. For the longest time you will plod through this book thinking something does not make sense or you'll wonder what that was doing in the story altogether.Read more ›
This book will disturb your sleep for months. Tina, Foot-Foot, Clay, Laura the Dog, et al inhabit a neighboring counter-earth to the planet David Lynch hails from. Ther serial/chapter format, the mad accumulation of details and plot tangents, the little girl with the pipe... Creepy as hell. Harum Scarum indeed...
Wish everyone could have been there back when you had to wait 3-4 months between serial installments of this in Eightball. It was truly disturbing then.
But what art it is!
Who'd've guessed, early on in the narrative, that the swami guy in the Men's Bathroom of the adult theater turns out to be the *only* stable person poor hapless, helpess Clay (The Protagonist) can hope to rely on in his trip into an underworld that isn't very far away, really: just lurking around the next corner ... if you even *bothered* to go there ...
[SPOILER ALERT!]: Sure enough, when part of the "welcome to you, stranger!" revolutionary cult that incorporates poor Clay seems to be beholden to the same old, same old gender mores ("Men!" she fumes, being left behind in the car to "watch" for things), this becomes a crucial opening for Clay to amscray out the door, without which, he would have found no respite ... if not for that, poor fool, he's stuck!
Most empathizable-with lost and preterited anti-hero since Tyrone Slothrop in Gravity's Rainbow (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition). Perhaps? Maybe?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I haven't owned Velvet Glove in a decade, but I can still picture the illustration of Tina's eggs, glowing on the motel bed, anytime I want. And frequently when I don't want. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Timothy J Weinmann
Finally got this. Read it years ago as it was published in the EIGHTBALL comics. This is very well printed on great stock. Worth every penny.Published on June 27, 2013 by Rama Bass
I got this comic book randomly after googling "graphic novel stream of consciousness" and clicking on the first result. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by pp45678987
This book is really weird, and kind of disturbing. I think that another read-through is warranted. Clowes hits another home run.Published on May 28, 2013 by R. Jacobi
I must admit that this work went right over my head when I borrowed it from a friend at age 20. Then, days later, I found myself thinking about it and the ambiguity surrounding... Read morePublished on September 3, 2012 by Mark Twain
This is the most claustrophobic, over-bearingly lynchian thing I've ever seen in the comic medium. A cast of freakish characters whose stories bump into each other without really... Read morePublished on March 27, 2012 by jafrank
Some people seem to prefer "Ghost World," Clowe's big hit, to this, but I'm the opposite. I loved the film of Ghost World, but found the comic dull and flat. Read morePublished on December 28, 2011 by Amazon Customer