Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron

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From Eightball, this terrifying and fascinating journey into madness makes Twin Peaks look like Teletubbies.Like a Velvet Glove... collects all 10 chapters of the serialized story Eightball. As Clay Loudermilk attempts to unravel the mysteries behind a snuff film, he finds himself involved with an increasingly bizarre cast of characters, including a pair of sadistic cops who carve a strange symbol into the heel of Clay's foot; a horny over-the-hill suburban woman whose sexual encounter with a mysterious water ...
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Overview

From Eightball, this terrifying and fascinating journey into madness makes Twin Peaks look like Teletubbies.Like a Velvet Glove... collects all 10 chapters of the serialized story Eightball. As Clay Loudermilk attempts to unravel the mysteries behind a snuff film, he finds himself involved with an increasingly bizarre cast of characters, including a pair of sadistic cops who carve a strange symbol into the heel of Clay's foot; a horny over-the-hill suburban woman whose sexual encounter with a mysterious water creature produced a grotesquely misshapen, but no less horny, mutant daughter; a dog with no orifices whatsoever (it has to be fed by injection); two ominous victims of extremely bad hair implants; a charismatic Manson-like cult leader who plans to kidnap a famous advice columnist and many more! This edition has a brand new cover, new title and end pages—plus: Clowes being the perfectionist that he is, there are tweaked and re-drawn panels that really make this a transcendent piece of storytelling art!
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Clowes's ( The Official Lloyd Llewellyn Collection ) new book-length epic is eerily funny and just a bit disgusting. The title refers to a strikingly demented movie viewed by Clay, the story's hangdog, Clowes-like protagonist. No ordinary ``art'' film, its utter incomprehensibility sends our hero on a search to find out more about it. Every prosaic situation Clay encounters on his journey soon turns wildly fantastic. He meets a swami-like character dispensing wisdom from a men's room stall, is arrested by couple of sadistic but conscientious cops, and later still he meets Tina, a grotesque waitress with a heart of gold, whose mother tries to seduce him. Clowes's stream-of-warped-consciousness has produced a faux-existentialist, slapstick, sci-fi sitcom in comic book form. His drawings, a combination of skilled rendering and a campy 1950's graphic style, capture a risible procession of weirdos, aliens and conspiracy nuts and mark him as one of the most talented among the comics artists who emerged in the 1980s. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560971160
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition number: 7
  • Pages: 142
  • Sales rank: 1,156,511
  • Product dimensions: 7.60 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Daniel Clowes, a multi-Harvey, Eisner and Ignatz Award-winner, is a Chicago native living in Oakland, CA, with his wife Erika. His many books include David Boring, Ghost World, Wilson, Ice Haven, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Caricature, and 2011's Mister Wonderful.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2000

    Best Comic Book Ever

    This beautifully drawn graphic novel is about the horror of intimate relationships and the sickening blankness of 20th century pop culture. Protagonist Clay Loudermilk is abducted by policemen and beaten unconscious. He wakes up at the Manson family compound with a corporate mascot carved into his foot--then the story begins. A haunting and deeply creepy work of art, this book is also a poetic primer on trashy hipster culture (the title is from a line in Russ Meyer's Faster Pussycat Kill Kill; the Shaggs' cover-art creature makes a cameo).

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