The pages of comic books are most often thought of as places for superheroes and evildoers. But over the course of his career as a cartoonist and screenwriter, Daniel Clowes has turned those familiar panels into windows on the complex challenges of everyday loneliness, alienation and despair. Oakland-based Clowes joins us to discuss the retrospective of his work currently showing at the Oakland Museum of California.
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Daniel Clowes and Seth talk about their work as cartoonists and illustrators. Clowes created the iconic comic book series Eightball and of the graphic novels Wilson, Ghost World, David Boring, and Ice Haven; and his latest book is The Death-Ray. Seth is the cartoonist of is the cartoonist of Clyde Fans; Wimbledon Green; George Sprott; and Vernacular Drawings; among others, and his latest is The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists, the companion to Wimbledon Green.
Comic artist Daniel Clowes never expected to see his cranky, rebellious characters in a museum â in fact, he often uses them to poke fun at the world of fine art. But that didn’t deter the Oakland Museum of California, which is now hosting an exhibition of Clowes’ work.
Daniel Clowes | Mister Wonderful: A Love Story with Ben Katchor | The Cardboard Valise | Moderated by Chip Kidd
Called "the country’s premier underground cartoonist" (Newsweek) and "a bona-fide cult hero" (The New Yorker), Daniel Clowes is the multiple Harvey, Ignatz, and Eisner Award-winning creator of the alternative comic Eightball. His graphic novel Ghost World was adapted into an Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominated film directed by Terry Zwigoff and starring Thora Birch. With 40 pages of original material, Clowes’s new book Mister Wonderful collects the Eisner Award-winning story of hopeless bachelor Marshall as he struggles to impress his equally unstable blind date.
Ben Katchor is the author of the graphic novels The Jew of New York and The Beauty Supply District. His comics and drawings have appeared in Raw, Forward, Metropolis Magazine, and The New Yorker. Hailed as "the most poetic, deeply layered artist ever to draw a comic strip" by a reviewer for the New York Times, Katchor’s weekly comic strips include Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer, Hotel & Farm, and Shoehorn Technique. The Cardboard Valise—his first book in more than 10 years—follows the intertwined lives of three characters who travel to the fantastical nation of Outer Canthus.
An art director at Alfred A. Knopf and editor-at-large for Pantheon, Chip Kidd’s work has been exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and is collected in the monograph Chip Kidd: Book One. He is the author of novels The Cheese Monkeys and The Learners, and the nonfiction books Batman Collected and Bat-Manga! Kidd recently joined forces with Lisa Birnbach, the editor and one of the writers of the original The Official Preppy Handbook, on True Prep, an updated prep protocol for the modern age. Kidd’s latest book is Shazam!: The Golden Age of the World’s Mightiest Mortal.