Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Chris Ware joins Daniel Clowes for a talk and signing this Friday at the OMCA

In a talk moderated by guest curator Susan Miller and Senior Curator of Art RenĂ© de Guzman, Daniel Clowes and Chris Ware will be speaking at OMCA's James Moore Theater on Friday, July 27, 2012 from 7-8:30pm. Seating will be limited and is expected to fill up quickly. Come early to see the Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes exhibiton at the OMCA which closes in just a few weeks on August 12.

Tickets for the panel discussion are included with Museum admission. Seating in OMCA's James Moore Theater is limited, and is available on a first-come, first served basis the day of the event. The Museum encourages you to come early to stand in line. Doors open at 6:30 pm. 

For more info, go here.

After the talk until about 10pm, Clowes and Ware will be signing their books in the OMCA bookstore along with Alvin Buenaventura signing The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist, a monograph that accompanies the exhibition that's currently up at the museum. FYI: We hear that due to the expected turnout the OMCA bookstore will be limiting autographs to books bought in the store that night . The good news is that the OMCA bookstore will also be giving away (yes, free) a special unique promo book that is a "reverse preview" of Ware's upcoming Building Stories, to each customer purchasing one of the cartoonist's books that night, while supplies last. (btw, the BS preview is incredible and will not be included actual book in this format.)

Lastly, I'll have a new, third batch of 100 Mister Jones pins in orange, made just for this event to give out to those who want them (again, while supplies last). Thanks to Niem 'Buttoneers
Tran for whipping these up.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Bizarro Clowes's Q+A with "the Guardian"

It doesn’t take much to alter the tone or meaning of someone’s words in an interview with some editing. Here are a few examples from the Guardian’s recent Q+A with Daniel Clowes before and after:

What would your super power be?

As a teenager I remember wishing I had the powers of Plastic Man so that I could stretch my arm downstairs to retrieve junk food from the kitchen without having to get up from my chair.

The powers of Plastic Man. 

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

Once, in a review of the Ghost World movie, the critic John Simon quoted extensively from a rambling interview of mine to point out what an inarticulate idiot I was. I believe I used the word “really” something like 9 times in the course of two sentences.


If you could go back in time, where would you go?

I’d like to think I’d go kill Hitler or verify the divinity of Christ, but really I’d like to see what my neighbourhood was like when my house was built in 1912. Or perhaps to hang out in Bodega Bay while Hitchcock was shooting The Birds.

I like to think I'd go kill Hitler.