Patience is the first all new, original graphic novel from Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) in over a half-decade, and also the biggest and most ambitious book yet in a storied career that includes multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards, a PEN Award, and an Academy Award nomination.
Patience is an indescribable psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially “Clowesian,” and utterly unique in the author’s body of work. This 180-page, full-color story affords Clowes the opportunity to draw some of the most exuberant and breathtaking pages of his life, and to tell his most suspenseful, surprising and affecting story yet.
Fantagraphics and Clowes helped usher in today’s golden age of literary graphic novels, as evidenced by the just-released Complete Eightball 1–18, which collects the historic comic book series (1989-2004) that originally serialized Clowes classics such as Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron and Ghost World, the latter of which is the best-selling book in Fantagraphics’ history, with 20 editions since its debut in 1997.
Best Comic Books of 2016 — Vulture
Ranked #2 Top Graphic Novel of 2016 — Under the Radar Magazine
Praise for Patience:
“This is a deeply affecting book, and despite its gritty prose, colourful language and hardboiled trappings, a tender one, its sustained undertow of tenderness and melancholy giving it a surprising delicacy.” — The Guardian
“The cartoonist, graphic novelist, and screenwriter Daniel Clowes has been one of the most influential artist in the independent comics world for the last 3 decades.” — Fresh Air
“The wait was worth it; Patience — Clowes' first all-new graphic novel in half a decade — is stunning. Disturbing, convoluted, darkly comic and just plain dark, the book itself is a thing of beauty.” — The Chicago Tribune
“It's told with Clowes' usual biting humor, vivid renderings of plausibly bizarre behavior and his protagonist's sudden eruptions of rage. There are also deeply moving moments as the graphic novel slowly unveils the troubled youth of the doomed title character Patience, leading to an emotional denouement in Clowes' final panels.” — The Los Angeles Times
“Clowes’ latest work finds the graphic novelist at the height of his powers, employing all the mind-bending talent he can muster.” — The San Francisco Chronicle
“The writer/artist’s startling yarn is packed with surprises, along with his usual astute insights into the human psyche, but this sad and funny tale may be his most accessible yet and among his best.” — The Miami Herald
“A more experimental, surreal direction … but it’s all grounded in a relatable human emotion: love.” — The A.V. Club
“Daniel Clowes was one of the first comic book authors taken seriously by jackasses who write book reviews and introductions.…[Patience is] a time-traveling love story by a beautiful, twisted genius.” — Vice
“Clowes plumbs the depths of science fiction in this intriguingly bizarre love story…Another strong entry in an already stunning body of work, and one that will surely be hailed as one of the best releases of 2016.” — Publisher’s Weekly
“Daniel Clowes’s new graphic novel is a time-travel thriller filtered through his own furiously warped sensibility. … Nobody draws reality curdling around its edges like Clowes … and Jack’s all-devouring quest for vengeance mutates his story from a sci-fi whodunit to psychedelic psychological horror.” — Playboy
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