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Parille, Ken, ed. The Daniel Clowes Reader: A critical edition of ghost world and other stories, with essays, interviews, and annotations. Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2013. 
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Resource type: Book
Language: en: English
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 978-1-60699-589-1
BibTeX citation key: Parille2013
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Keywords: "Ghost World", Alternative Comics, Clowes. Daniel, Collection of essays, Commentary, USA
Creators: Parille
Publisher: Fantagraphics (Seattle)
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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.

Table of Contents


Notes on the Collection (6)

Daniel Clowes On … (7)
An Aesthetic Biography of Daniel Clowes (11)
An Introduction to The Daniel Clowes Reader (25)

SECTION I: Ghost World, Girls, and Adolescence

Daniel Clowes — “Introduction” from Ghost World: Special Edition (36)

Ghost World (39)

A Ghost World Index (129)

Joshua Glenn: Ghost World: An Interview with Daniel Clowes (135)
Adele Melander-Dayton: How Ghost World Made Me Brave (144)
Pamela Thurschwell: The Ghost Worlds of Modern Adolescence (147)
Ken Parille: Close Reading Clowes’s Dialogue: “You’ve Grown into a Beautiful Young Woman” (159)
Kaya Oakes: Literature at the Xerox Machine: The Rise of the Zine (165)
Gilmore Tamny: Introduction to Wiglet with excerpts (170)

Enid’s Bookshelf: Ghost World and Its Precursors, with Poems by Russell Edson and Cartoons by Ann Roy (174)

Enid’s Record Player: Patience and Prudence and the Ramones (181)

“Where Are They Now?” (183)

Cartooning Glossary for Ghost World and Other Comics (186)

SECTION II: Short Stories, Boys, and (Post)Adolescence

“Blue Italian Shit” (191)
“Like a Weed, Joe” (203)

Clowes on Rodger Young, Gender, and Autobiography: Excerpts from Five Interviews (213)

Scott Saul: “Etc., Etc.”: The Post-Punk Ballad of Rodger Young (220)

“The Party” (228)
“Buddy Bradley in ‘Who Would You Rather Fuck: Ginger or Mary Ann?’” (236)

Joshua Glenn: Against Groovy (237)

Ken Parille: “Me Worry?” / “U BUY”: Clowes and Advertising in the 1990s (245)

“Black Nylon” (252)

Ken Parille: Decoding “Black Nylon” (267)

SECTION III: Comics, Artists, and Audiences

“Daniel G. Clowes®TM in Just Another Day …” (277)
“Introduction” (284)
“Art School Confidential” (290)

Changing Faces (296)

“Ugly Girls” (297)

Anne Mallory and Ken Parille: Urban Romanticism, Mad Magazine, and the Aesthetics of Ugly (1986–1998) (303)

“King Ego” (315)
“Man-Child,” “Tom Pudd,” “Wallace Wood,” “You” (316)
“Justin M. Damiano” (317)

Modern Cartoonist (321)

Darcy Sullivan: Worlds on Paper: An Interview with Daniel Clowes on His Creative Process (341)


A Daniel Clowes Chronology (356)

For Further Reading (359)

Copyrights and Indicia (360)

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