July 19, 2012 | 9:38 a.m.
Daniel Clowes draws lonely weirdos, sulking man-beasts, leering hipsters and human canisters for a savage ennui. They live in numbed-out neighborhoods beneath skylines of spinster gray and seasick blue. And, yes, for 25 years now, all of it has been a wonderful sight to behold. Clowes is the guest on the latest episode of “Hero Complex: The Show,” which you can find here below or over at Chris Hardwick’s mighty Nerdist Channel on YouTube. This interview was conducted at Meltdown Comics and it veers across the considerable career of Clowes — not unlike the recently released monograph “The Art of Daniel Clowes” (Abrams ComicArts, $40) or the tie-in exhibit, “Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes,” now underway at the Oakland Museum of California. Clowes is best known for “Ghost World” and “Art School Confidential,” both of which were adapted to film by director Terry Zwigoff. For 2001′s “Ghost […]
April 04, 2012 | 6:43 p.m.
Forlorn faces and fetish grins, the mundane, the daft and the deranged — that’s what you find in “The Art of Daniel Clowes” (Abrams ComicArts, $40). And, beginning April 14, it’s what you’ll see at “Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes,” the Oakland Museum of California’s tie-in exhibition and the first major survey of the artist’s 25-year career of quirk, kink and ink. The “Ghost World” artist will be in Los Angeles on Thursday for “An Evening with Daniel Clowes” at Meltdown Comics, but we caught up with him this week for an email interview about digging up the past. HC: Opening up old sketchbooks and photo albums can be strange, sweet or unsettling — or all three. Has any part of this been a sentimental journey? DC: My initial plan with this project was to allow my friend Alvin Buenaventura full access to my hoarders-like storage closet of junk and let […]