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Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron

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Originally published in 1993, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron was Daniel Clowes’s first long-form graphic novel and was heralded as an instant classic and exists firmly in the canon of great graphic novels. Disturbing, funny, and surreal, it tells the story of a young man, Clay Loudermilk, who stumbles into a screening of a bizarre snuff film that wraps him up in a mystery surrounding a series of cult-inspired killings, dubbed “The Harum Scarum Murders.” The subsequent path Loudermilk’s life takes is both a terrifying journey into madness and a jaw-dropping tour-de-force of visual imagination fraught with psychosexual and conspiratorial tension. In the wake of Clowes’s 2016 smash hit Patience, and on the eve of the release of Fox Searchlight’s Wilson (adapting Clowes’s book of the same name, with a screenplay by Clowes), Fantagraphics is proud to release this new edition of Like a Velvet Glove  Cast in Iron, featuring a new, wraparound painted cover by the artist.

Pages:
200
Colors:
black & white
Format:
Softcover
Dimensions:
7.5" x 11"
ISBN-13:
978-1-68396-015-7
Year:
2017

"Brilliant." –— Village Voice

"Must be seen to be believed." — The Washington Post

"Stunning, eerie, hilarious and surreal." – Spin

"Essential." – I-D

"Incoherent, but engrossing." – World Art

"A genre-defining masterwork." — Bookforum

"A solid contender for best graphic novel of all time."  Giant

"... visually luscious and existentially disconcerting ... [Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron] will knock you out." — NPR

"A nightmare told with absolute clarity: Little Nemo in Slumberland as written by Samuel Beckett. Grade: 'A'."  Entertainment Weekly

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Originally published in 1993, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron was Daniel Clowes’s first long-form graphic novel and was heralded as an instant classic and exists firmly in the canon of great graphic novels. Disturbing, funny, and surreal, it tells the story of a young man, Clay Loudermilk, who stumbles into a screening of a bizarre snuff film that wraps him up in a mystery surrounding a series of cult-inspired killings, dubbed “The Harum Scarum Murders.” The subsequent path Loudermilk’s life takes is both a terrifying journey into madness and a jaw-dropping tour-de-force of visual imagination fraught with psychosexual and conspiratorial tension. In the wake of Clowes’s 2016 smash hit Patience, and on the eve of the release of Fox Searchlight’s Wilson (adapting Clowes’s book of the same name, with a screenplay by Clowes), Fantagraphics is proud to release this new edition of Like a Velvet Glove  Cast in Iron, featuring a new, wraparound painted cover by the artist.

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