Tuesday, April 24, 2012

In the News: Articles on the "Modern Cartoonist" Monograph & Exhibition

Jack Black approved.
With the recent release of the monograph and the opening of the exhibition there's been a lot of news… Here's a roundup:

newpapers and other major media:

The Atlantic: Dan Clowes, Author of 'Ghost World,' Has One Rule for Writing Dialogue - An interview by Steven Heller with image gallery.

The Huffington Post: 'Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes' at The Oakland Museum of California - Article on the exhibition with image gallery.

The Huffington Post: The Art of Daniel Clowes - The editor of the monograph shares some background on the project. Includes image gallery.

KQED: Working Process Revealed: Original Art by Cartoonist Daniel Clowes - A great write up on the exhibition by Sarah Hotchkiss. 

The New York Times: Humanity’s Discomfort, Punctured with a Pen – An in-depth feature written by Carol Kino with photos and video.

Oakland Tribune: Oakland Cartoonist Daniel Clowes goes from Underdog to Top Dog - Article on the exhibition with interview. 

Publisher's Weekly: Daniel Clowes on his New Exhibition and Monograph and Lee Marvin – Interview by Casey Burchby.

San Francisco Chronicle: Daniel Clowes' Cartoons Drip with Vengeful Satire - A short article on the exhibition.

Los Angeles Times: Daniel Clowes brings 25 years of faces, fetishes to Meltdown - Interview and image gallery.


Esquire: The List, 6 Things We’re Looking Forward To This Spring  - The book ranks #1, not bad. I hope they liked it.

Hi-Fructose: The Art of Daniel Clowes at the Oakland Museum of California - A short article on the exhibition with a nice set of photos.

Wonderland: Dark Arts - The writer posts scans of her article in the print magazine.

photo: Tamara Palmer
weeklies and other local media:

Amoeba Records: Daniel Clowes's Long Overdue Career Retrospective "Modern Cartoonist" Opens At OMCA This Weekend - Billy Jam writes about the exhibition and book.

The Daily Californian: Daniel Clowes exhibit showcases art of influential graphic novelist - Exhibiton report.

Diablo: Meet: Daniel Clowes - In depth article on exhibition and monograph with interview. Also, Follow-Up Question with Cartoonist Daniel Clowes.

Milwaukee Express: Ghost World Chronicles - Review of the book.

Oakland Art Enthusiast: Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes at the Oakland Museum of California - Exhibition report with photo gallery.

The Oakland Standard: Ink Stud - Random bits including a scrolling timeline of the artist's career.

SF Weekly: Head to Oakland -- Cartoonist Daniel Clowes Launches His First Museum Exhibition - Short article on the exhibition plus photos of the gallery and the artist's studio. 

photo: Christopher King
book and comics industry reviews:

Amazon - Various customer reviews.  
D&Q bookstore - Nice photo gallery preview of the book. 
Paul Gravett - Scroll about 2/3 down for review.

photo: Shannon Cottrell

Book People Blog: Daniel Clowes - The True Mr. Wonderful - Book review.

It’s Nice That: The witty realism and trenchant cool of Daniel Clowes' comics in a survey at OMCA - Article on the exhibition and image gallery. 

Kelly Green Blog: Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes - Exhibition report with a nice set of photos. 

Meltdown: Celebrating Enid Nite with 'Ghost World' Creator Daniel Clowes  - Interviews, a write-up on the book release event, and a great set of photos including Enid cosplay nite as well as links to videos.

Wings Art: The Art of Daniel Clowes; Modern Cartoonist – The Book Review - Book review with nice set of preview photos.

tv, radio & other multimedia:

Audio Book Summaries - An audio book summary read by robot... strange.

Culture File: With the launch of the new book…  - An interesting podcast with words on Clowes's work from Irish cartoonists. 

The New York Times: The Cartoonist's Goal - 4 minute feature with the artist in his studio.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Post-Meltdown Wrap Up: Enid Nite, Photo Report, and Videos.

Timony and Jessica Gao dressed as masked Enid from the movie and as Little Enid the action doll.

Props to the folks at Meltdown Comics for hosting a fun evening. They screened Ghost World in their theater while the 1st annual Enid meet-up took place, followed by a Q+A lead by Mark Frauenfelder that was broadcast live on the webernet, and finished it off with a couple hours of signing!  A great way to celebrate the release of the book. Thanks to everyone that came out! 

You can find a full report along with a gallery of better photographs here. Following are 4 videos from the evening. 2 versions of the Clowes/Frauenfelder interview, a live webcast and multi-camera edited version, and 2 short Meltcast interviews with Daniel Clowes and Alvin Buenaventura. 

Lastly, The monograph is now sold out (see previous post) but Meltdown has a handful of autographed copies available here.  

Monday, April 16, 2012

Inside Tip: "The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist" Sold Out

We just heard from the publisher that the 1st printing of The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist is officially sold out. I saw some copies over the weekend still lingering in my local book stores and I believe there's still some currently remaining on Amazon and other online booksellers, but there aren't many. So if you haven't picked up a copy yet and want one, now is your chance... Also, I saw that there are some autographed copies available here from Meltdown Comics.

Friday, April 13, 2012

OMCA Clowes Exhibition Preview pt. 2

 More photos from the press preview at OMCA yesterday. The display walls are relief cut by a computer-driven router using drawings that Clowes made for the exhibition (seen here.) They remind me of gigantic hand-cut woodblocks for printmaking -- I guess digital technology has its moments... The custom fixtures house sliding and pivoting walls that display the work (allowing viewers to flip through it as they would a comic) and a gigantic cushioned seat to take a load off during your visit. Wow... Kudos to exhibition curator Susan Miller, exhibtion designer Nicholas de Monchaux, RenĂ© de Guzman and everyone at OMCA.

Opens tomorrow!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Clowes Exhibtion at OMCA Under Construction

Curators, directors, designers, lighting specialists, conservators, framers, furniture builders, and many other highly skilled folks are all hard at work this week at the OMCA to bring together the Clowes exhibition that opens on April 14th. We got to take a tour and witness all that's involved in building a world class installation. Looking forward to the show!

Lots happening behind this door.

The scissor lift skillfully maneuvered around the gallery. 

Last minute decisions...

oh and the art...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

In the News: Origins of the Monograph and Exhibiton

In the News:

The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist editor talks about the origins of the monograph as well as the exhibition that begins this week at the Oakland Museum of California:

Clowes discusses both of these career-spanning projects:

Each article accompanied by a gallery of images.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

In the News: Los Angeles Times

A short interview with Clowes on the making of The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist plus slideshow. LA TimesDaniel Clowes brings 25 years of faces, fetishes to Meltdown

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Signing at Meltdown Comics Thursday, April 5 - "The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist" + 1st annual Enid meetup

Daniel Clowes will be talking with Mark Frauenfelder (of boingboing.net) at Meltdown Comics this Thursday, April 5. Afterwards I'll be joining Clowes to sign copies of the just released Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist. Event starts at 8pm.

I hear from Gaston Dominguez-Letelier (proprietor of Meltdown Comics) that there will be the first annual Enid gathering just before the event at 6pm. More details here.

Niem Tran of buttoneers.com made up these Mr. Jones pins that I'll be giving out to those interested (while supplies last.)

Hope to see you there!
Alvin Buenaventura

Congratulations... "The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist" exclusive BoingBoing.net/AbramsComicArts daily book giveaway

The 14 winners of autographed copies of The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist for our boingboing.net/AbramsComicArts countdown contest:

  1. March 19, 2012 - code: enidcoleslaw - James Gilbreath of Birmingham, AL
  2. March 20, 2012 - code: davidboring - Nik De Dominic of New Orleans, LA
  3. March 21, 2012 - code: pogeybait - Heather Polson of Northhampton, MA
  4. March 22, 2012 - code: lloydllewellyn - Matthew Hubele of Portland, OR
  5. March 23, 2012 - code: wilson - Devon Fairchild of Cranford, NJ
  6. March 24, 2012 - code: davidgoldberg - Michael Filas of Northhampton, MA
  7. March 25, 2012 - code: squirrelgirlandcandypants - Michael Christenson of Juneau, AK
  8. March 26, 2012 - code: harrynaybors - Christiana Cranberry of Lawrence, KS
  9. March 27, 2012 - code: malrosen - Debbie Fountain of New York, NY
  10. March 28, 2012 - code: misterwonderful - Kenan Marlin of Portland, OR
  11. March 29, 2012 - code: monabeadle - Jenna Moser of Winters, CA
  12. March 30, 2012 - code: thedeathray - Scott Grammel of Chicago, IL
  13. March 31, 2012 - code: danpussey - Justine Mendoza of Oakland, CA
  14. April 1, 2012 - code: madamevandamme - Trish Bronte of Tigard, OR
Congratulations to all of the prize winners! We will be mailing the signed books out later this month.


Contest over!

Enter our contest for a chance to win a copy of the The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist autographed by Daniel Clowes. Throughout our 2 week countdown, one winner will be picked at random every day. For your chance to win, send an email to  artofdanielclowescontest@gmail.com with your mailing address (no PO boxes please) and put the current day's contest code in the subject line.  Check BoingBoing.net between March 19- April 1 and find the The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist countdown post for the daily code. You may enter once for each day but only 1 prize will be awarded per person. US mailing addresses only.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Clowes & Nicki Minaj, Sunday's New York Times king and queen...

Clowes on the front page of New York Times Arts & Leisure section yesterday.  For those who didn't see the print edition...

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Video of interview at Kadist, San Francisco 3/28/12

Clowes interviewed at Kadist, San Francisco 3/28/12:

1 day until the release of “The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist”! (…plus your chance to win an autographed copy today)

Well actually… I miscalculated when the countdown began and despite the title of this post, there are 0 days left. The official release date for The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist is actually today. So go buy the book already! Or enter today’s contest for your last opportunity to win an autographed copy (details below.)

Our countdown ends with a bang: a 4-part mega-post of very random, but quality Clowes odds & ends that couldn’t be included in the book. We finish up with a Clowes/bOING bOING blast from the past.

Odds & Ends Depot
  • 1. Inspired by Clowes:
 A gigantic Little Enid head (go Presspop!)
Mal Rosen (a Clowes character from “Caricature) drawn by the esteemed cartoonist Charles Burns.
Some fan-created Tina dolls (!?)

Terry Zwigoff and Clowes talk about Ghost World the movie.

An  animated trailer for David Boring by John Kuramoto.

An Apple commercial featuring Clowes directed by Errol Morris.

  • 3. OK soda:

A couple of unusual promotional items for OK Soda.
Ken Parille: “In 1994 Coca-Cola test marketed a drink with the intentionally bland name of OK Soda. Coke enlisted indie cartoonists like Clowes and Charles Burns to create art for their ironically named “beverage” (the quote marks are Coke’s).”

  •  4. And for our finale:
Back in 1991 when boingboing.net was bOING bOING the zine, Mark Frauenfelder interviewed Clowes:

Mark Frauenfelder: “My wife Carla introduced me to the work of Daniel Clowes in 1986 when she brought home the first issue of his comic book, Lloyd Llewellyn, after stopping off at the comic book store to buy the latest issue of Love & Rockets. We both became instant fans of Clowes’s misanthropic sense of humor. Daniel hated everybody and everything, but his insights were profound and his sense of humor was dark and biting. The few times I’ve met Clowes, I’ve found him to be polite and approachable, quite different from the seething curmudgeon he depicts himself as in his comics. I’ve read at least 30 interviews with Clowes and, like the interview we ran in bOING bOING #6, they reveal that he is both an empathetic guy and a cynical recluse, which is what makes him – and his work – so fascinating.”

Special thanks to Mark Frauenfelder for posting these on boingboing.net with us and sponsoring our book giveaway contest!
The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist is available today! Order a copy today from your local bookseller, the publisher, or Amazon. OR: Enter our contest today, your last chance to win a copy of the book autographed by Clowes. To enter, send an email to artofdanielclowescontest@gmail.com with your mailing address (only US mailing addresses are eligible and no PO boxes please) and put in the subject line today’s final contest code. Winners are being posted here

>>>Go here for a listing of all of the countdown posts.