At the Oakland Museum of CA there is an exhibit of Daniel Clowes the modern cartoonist who coincidentally also lives in Oakland. My partner and I went to see the retrospective last Friday and read many story boards and snippets of his work over the years. One of my favorites was his series
“Wilson” about a man who loves his dog and possibly no one else. He reminds me a little of Louis CK
Daniel Clowes is well known for his book Ghost World a story of two best friends facing the prospect of growing up and apart which was later made into a movie starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson.
Another comic of his I liked was Death Ray a coming of age story of an adolescent superhero.
Besides his graphic novels he also does illustrations for the front cover of the New Yorker Magazine from time to time. They are like juxtapositions, and really make one stop and think…hmmmmm
Friday July 27th he is going to be with Chris Ware at the James Moore Theater to talk about the relationship of comics to fine art among other things 7-8:30pm. The exhibit is until Aug 12th, 2012.