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Twentieth Century EightballReview - Twentieth Century Eightball
by Daniel Clowes
Fantagraphics Books, 2002
Review by Christian Perring, Ph.D.
Oct 24th 2002 (Volume 6, Issue 43)

This is a collection of short comic book pieces from the last thirteen or so years by Daniel Clowes.  They are in a mixture of styles, some in color, others in just black and white.  Most of them are quirky ventings of Clowes’ feelings about people he does not like or observations drawn from his experience: Art School Confidential, I Hate You Deeply, Marooned on a Desert Island with the People on the Subway, Chicago, Why I Hate Christians, Sexual Frustration, A Message to the People of the Future, Ugly Girls, Paranoid, I Love You Tenderly, and My Suicide are just some of the titles.  Unless one is already a committed fan of Clowes’ work – Ghost World is his best-known work – one may find this collection pretty self-indulgent and not to be read in one sitting, but best kept for occasional browsing.  The book shows Clowes’ skill and readiness to experiment in using different styles, and it contains some wonderful images.  Clowes show his love of comics by his parodies and pastiches; there's great energy in these pieces, and fans of modern alternative comics will have to acknowledge Clowes' mastery of the form.

 

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