Wilson

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AN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM THE OSCAR-NOMINATED SCREENWRITER AND AWARD-WINNING CARTOONIST

Meet Wilson, an opinionated middle-aged loner who loves his dog and quite possibly no one else. In an ongoing quest to find human connection, he badgers friend and stranger alike into a series of onesided conversations, punctuating his own lofty discursions with a brutally honest, self-negating sense of humor. After his father dies, Wilson, now irrevocably alone, sets out to find his ...

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Overview

AN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM THE OSCAR-NOMINATED SCREENWRITER AND AWARD-WINNING CARTOONIST

Meet Wilson, an opinionated middle-aged loner who loves his dog and quite possibly no one else. In an ongoing quest to find human connection, he badgers friend and stranger alike into a series of onesided conversations, punctuating his own lofty discursions with a brutally honest, self-negating sense of humor. After his father dies, Wilson, now irrevocably alone, sets out to find his ex-wife with the hope of rekindling their long-dead relationship, and discovers he has a teenage daughter, born after the marriage ended and given up for adoption.Wilson eventually forces all three to reconnect as a family—a doomed mission that will surely, inevitably backfire.

In the first all-new graphic novel from one of the leading cartoonists of our time, Daniel Clowes creates a thoroughly engaging, complex, and fascinating portrait of the modern egoist—outspoken and oblivious to the world around him.Working in a single-page-gag format and drawing in a spectrumof styles, the cartoonist of GhostWorld, Ice Haven, and David Boring gives us his funniest and most deeply affecting novel to date.

Co-winner of the 2011 Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album - New

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Praise for Daniel Clowes:

“A bona-fide cult hero.” —The New Yorker

“[Clowes has] explored the tedium and mystery of contemporary American life with more wit and insight than most novelists or filmmakers.” A.O. SCOTT, The New York Times

“Clowes is the country’s premier underground cartoonist.” —Newsweek

Michael Dirda
This is a book about life's passages and disappointments, and will be most appreciated by those who know something of quiet desperation. It's not a pretty book, and even its language is so vulgar that it's difficult to quote from. But this descent into a man's soul is certainly a long way from what my mother used to call "your funny books."
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
Clowes (Ghost World) takes his particular brand of misanthropic misery to new levels of brilliance in this book, a series of one-page gags that show the divorced and lonely main character repeatedly attempting to engage with life, and then falling back into his hell of pessimism. Clowes uses a variety of drawing styles to depict Wilson and his world; sometimes he's highly realistic, other times he's an Andy Capp-style cartoon, but he's always the same downbeat guy. In one sketch titled “FL 1282,” Wilson asks the kid seated next to him on a plane about his line of work. When the kid answers that he does “I.T. stuff,” Wilson comes back at him with a mockingly satirical description of his own supposed work, using only initials. The last panel shows Wilson looking at a Spirit magazine and asking, “Christ, do you realize how ridiculous you sound?” Clearly, the comment is directed as much at himself as to the I.T. kid. This attitude of solipsistic despair is expressed incisively and cleverly, taking Wilson through a search for his ex-wife, Pippi, who has become a prostitute since leaving him, and their daughter, put up for adoption years earlier. Clowes offers another beautifully drawn slice of piercing social commentary. (Apr.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781770460072
  • Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
  • Publication date: 4/27/2010
  • Pages: 80
  • Sales rank: 776,592
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.30 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

DANIEL CLOWES is the author of the seminal comic book series Eightball, the screenwriter of Ghost World and Art School Confidential, and an illustrator for The New Yorker.He is married and lives in Oakland, California.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2011

    Awesome

    Don't listen to Chandlerswain, who is a dumbhead. Clowes is brilliant. Chandlerswain's own review is Wilsonian. I think freud referred to this behavior as transferrence or projection. I get the two confused

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

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    Daniel Clowes has created a number of graphic novels, most famously "Ghost World"; the material collected from his "mature audience" comic book "Eightball". With his latest graphic novel "Wilson", Clowes creates an entirely original, previously unpublished work. Fans of the writer/artist, however, may find little actually new in the book. "Wilson" concerns the existential crisis of a middle-aged character who seems to be not only unemployed (an evident career choice) but positively unaffected by the world around him or anyone in it. EVERYTHING ultimately annoys and disappoint Wilson, and after a few pointedly sharp moments of social observation, the book rather rapdily dissolves into an endless whiny howl against (again) EVERYTHING. Now, ceaseless misanthropy can be successfully employed in the service of satirical commentary (as has Mr. Clowes based the bulk of his career on), but in this instance Clowes hits the proverbial brick wall. In past works, Clowes has subversively used the misanthropy of his characters as a uniquely subtle springboard for a gonzo approach to social commentary, but here not only is his central character monotonously uninteresting (and abusive), but there is no supportive context to rationalize such a one-note approach. Wilson's angst concerning his dying father becomes a manic tirade, and when a gesture of kindness from an attending nurse reveals itself, Wilson uses that as an excuse for another bellow. In another episode, Wilson is walking his beloved dog down the street and enjoys the compliments greeting his canine companion, until one pedestrian walks by mutely and Wilson launches obscenities at the "offender". (This is sociopathy masquerading as wit.) This episode is actually quite revealing ( the book is told not in traditional linear narrative fashion, but in sequences of six panels, as if each page were an individual daily newspaper strip complete with punchline) as it aptly demonstrates that Mr. Clowes' creation exists for his own satisfaction and that everyone about him exists (in his mind) as a consoling bandage for his self-absorbed psyche, until he selfishly rejects any consolation and the mad carnival starts all over again. Supporting characters, such as Wilson's long abandoning/sought after wife Pippa is made to look physically foolish and mentally inert (even by Clowes' standards); there is no realistic rationalization that these two lumps would have ever gotten together except as a whim in Clowes' god-like conception of his own miserable universe. The pages alternate in artistic styles, not for any aesthetic purpose, but merely to staunch the flow of the book's monotony. "Wilson" is the graphic novel version of a screeching baby sitting behind you in an airplane, only in this case you can return the book to the shelf where it won't bother anyone.

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