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This landmark collection features ten of Daniel Clowes's most influential graphic
narratives, along with interviews in which he talks about his career and creative process,
and twelve thought-provoking essays by contemporary scholars and critics.
A wide-ranging introduction to the work of one of the most important living cartoonists, The
Daniel Clowes Reader features Ghost World, Clowes's celebrated graphic novel about the
complex friendship of two teenage girls. It also includes stories — some reprinted for the first
time — about boys coming of age, troubled superheroes, and the place of artists and critics in
popular culture. The volume's dozen critical essays illuminate Clowes's comics by locating
them within biographical, artistic, and socio-historical contexts, including the Indie and DIY
movements, Generation X philosophy, and the history of American cartooning. Selections by
artists who influenced Clowes and a detailed chronology of his work round out the collection,
and extensive annotations shed light on the cartoonist's sources and cultural references. Perfect
for the college literature/graphic narrative classroom.