The latest issue of our journal Boom: A Journal of California (visit Boom’s web site), published this week, features an exclusive interview with Oakland artist and graphic novelist Daniel Clowes.
Clowes launched his career with the comic series Lloyd Llewellyn, about the adventures of a private detective, then went on to create the comic series Eightball, which included such seminal works as Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Ghost World, and Death Ray. Ghost World, the 2001 movie based on Clowes’ screenplay, was nominated for an Academy Award. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Time, and Newsweek, and in 2011 he was awarded a PEN Literary Award for Graphic Literature. His most recent book is Wilson (Drawn and Quarterly), the story of a lonely, middle-aged malcontent.
In the interview he discusses the differences (and differing inspirations) between his early life in Chicago and the present day in the Bay Area; the effects of second-tierism, and many more insights into his creative process.
Read “From Ghost World to Your World: An Interview with Daniel Clowes” at boomcalifornia.com.
The interview coincides with “Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes”, the first-ever survey of Clowes’ work, currently on display at the Oakland Museum of California. The exhibition features the Academy Award-nominated storyteller’s full body of work including 100 works that range from 1989 to 2011. All of the works featured in the exhibition are original, and all but two were made to be published rather than seen as a original artwork. The exhibition runs through August 12.