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Material Type: Book
Collection: Comics
Call Number: US EVFIC CLO2002
Title: Twentieth Century Eightball
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Personal name: Clowes, Daniel
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002001 checked in 2018-08-14 10:07:37

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Topical term or geographic name as entry element: Everyday Fiction
International Standard Book Number: 9781560974369
Name of publisher, distributor, etc.: Drawn and Quarterly
Date of publication, distribution, etc.: 2002
Summary, etc. note: Trailing the success of the movie based on Clowes' graphic novel Ghost World (1997) comes this collection of shorter stories from his alternative comic book Eightball. Many of the pieces are tirades, albeit entertaining ones, about things Clowes despises (perhaps the comic should have been called Hateball). "On Sports" details his contempt for professional athletics, and "Art School Confidential" is an expose of pretentious, talentless poseurs. This approach is carried to its logical peak in "I Hate You Deeply," a litany of the "types" that annoy Clowes, from "fashion plates" to "crybabies, whiners, and sensitive people." Clowes puts his misanthropy in abeyance for slice-of-life stories in which he ruminates during a stroll around his neighborhood or fantasizes about his fellow passengers on a subway. Worthwhile enough, these earlier stories merely presage Clowes' far-more-impressive recent work in which cynicism is presented more subtly, leavened with sympathy, and voiced by well-developed characters. If these pieces lack the heft of Clowes' longer, more ambitious efforts, the best of them are still masterful miniatures.
Expansion of summary note: adult, mature, social criticism, art world, art criticism, social satire, surreal, cultural critique, America, US, United States, Jewish, life narratives, comix
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