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Title:
Twentieth century eightball
Author:
Clowes, Daniel.
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Publication Information:
Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics, [2002?]
Physical Description:
101 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm
General Note:
Cover title.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781560974369
Format :
Book

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Summary

Trailing the success of the movie based on Clowes' graphic novel GhostWorld (1997) comes this collection of shorter stories from his alternativecomic book Eightball . Many of the pieces are tirades, albeit entertainingones, about things Clowes despises (perhaps the comic should have been called Hateball ). "On Sports" details his contempt for professional athletics,and "Art School Confidential" is an expose of pretentious, talentless poseurs.This approach is carried to its logical peak in "I Hate You Deeply," a litany ofthe "types" that annoy Clowes, from "fashion plates" to "crybabies, whiners, andsensitive people." Clowes puts his misanthropy in abeyance for slice-of-lifestories in which he ruminates during a stroll around his neighborhood orfantasizes about his fellow passengers on a subway. Worthwhile enough, theseearlier stories merely presage Clowes' far-more-impressive recent work in whichcynicism is presented more subtly, leavened with sympathy, and voiced bywell-developed characters. If these pieces lack the heft of Clowes' longer, moreambitious efforts, the best of them are still masterful miniatures.


Author Notes

Daniel Clowes was born in Chicago in 1961. His comic-book series Eightball is in its tenth year, and his work has appeared in Esquire, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, and Newsweek. A feature film based on Ghost World, his second book is currently in production in Hollywood.

He lives in Berkeley, California.

(Bowker Author Biography)


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Booklist Review

Trailing the success of the movie based on Clowes' graphic novel Ghost World (1997) comes this collection of shorter stories from his alternative comic book Eightball. Many of the pieces are tirades, albeit entertaining ones, about things Clowes despises (perhaps the comic should have been called Hateball). "On Sports" details his contempt for professional athletics, and "Art School Confidential" is an exposeof pretentious, talentless poseurs. This approach is carried to its logical peak in "I Hate You Deeply," a litany of the "types" that annoy Clowes, from "fashion plates" to "crybabies, whiners, and sensitive people." Clowes puts his misanthropy in abeyance for slice-of-life stories in which he ruminates during a stroll around his neighborhood or fantasizes about his fellow passengers on a subway. Worthwhile enough, these earlier stories merely presage Clowes' far-more-impressive recent work in which cynicism is presented more subtly, leavened with sympathy, and voiced by well-developed characters. If these pieces lack the heft of Clowes' longer, more ambitious efforts, the best of them are still masterful miniatures. Gordon Flagg