A rare and delicious treat is in store for indie comics fans this May when Dan Clowes and Chris Ware make a rare signing appearance at Gosh! Comics in London on the 25th of May from 12pm to 2pm.
Why not dampen your Tuesday lunchtime by getting some classic graphic novels signed by two masters of misanthropic misery?
Dan Clowes is an award-winning cartoonist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, New Yorker illustrator and all-round over-achiever most famous for his cult classic graphic novel Ghost World, a tale of two best friends just out of high school. Enid Coleslaw and Becky Doppelmeyer are two cynical, pseudo-intellectual and occasionally witty teenage girls who wander aimlessly in the urban sprawl of an unnamed American town criticising pop culture and pretty much everyone they encounter, wallowing in their angst like a latter day Catcher in the Rye. Clowes’ work is properly weird and absurd and everything he’s done – especially David Boring – fits snugly in the unwieldy bag of Gosh! favourites right next to those of the remarkable Chris Ware. Conveniently they’ll be right next to each other for their Gosh! signing too.
Ware’s Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth (Winner of The Guardian First Book Award in 2001) is a long, interconnected story about a boy’s relationship with his father but it’s about pretty much everything else too. It’s a gloriously innovative experiment in graphic design full of compacted plots, subplots and panels; skim read it and you’ll miss a postage-stamp of genius. His ongoing Acme Novelty Library collections are always quickly snapped up by fans hankering for more stuff on Rusty Brown, Chalky White and the life of a building somewhere in Chicago.
By the time these two chaps arrive on our doorstep Clowes’ brand new original graphic novel – the first in years – will be on our shelves. Wilson is about an opinionated, divorced middle-aged loner who loves his dog and quite possibly no one else. After repeated attempts to engage with life he invariably falls back into his own pessimistic hell. According to the Comics Reporter “It's Clowes being Clowes, and Wilson all by itself makes 2010 a pretty good year for comics no matter what happens from here on out.”
Added by goshlondon on March 30, 2010