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Daniel Clowes

Clowes at the 2010 Alternative Press Expo
Born Daniel Gillespie Clowes
(1961-04-14) April 14, 1961 (age 55)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Occupation

Cartoonist
Illustrator
Screenwriter

Known for

Eightball (1989–2004)
Ghost World (1997)

Spouse(s) Erika Clowes
Children Charlie

I don't read much of anything online.
I tend to be the type who is overly polite and sort of ingratiating to other people.
Daniel Clowes
I have this certain vision of the way I want my comics to look; this sort of photographic realism, but with a certain abstraction that comics can give. It's kind of a fine line.
Daniel Clowes
Try letting a Kindle protect your heart from sniper fire!
That'll be my claim to fame: My grandmother-in-law is the oldest iPad user!
Daniel Clowes
But I enjoy the opportunity to use swear symbols.
I think that's what we're all most terrified about: that we'll just die and disappear and we'll leave no trace.
Daniel Clowes
People seem to need a likable protagonist more than ever.
I had no television when I was little, just a stack of old, beat-up comics from the 1950s and 1960s.
Daniel Clowes
That's the biggest part of doing comics: You have to create stuff that makes you want to get out of bed every morning and get to work.
Daniel Clowes
When people get things for free, they tend to not take them as seriously.
Superman's always chasing after someone who just mugged somebody, and I've never seen that happen in my life.
Daniel Clowes
For me, the whole process involves envisioning this book in my head as I'm working.
Daniel Clowes
Comics seldom move me the way I would be moved by a novel or movie.
I try personally not to be nostalgic.
For example, I noticed that every single kid in the high school in 'The Death-Ray' is based on somebody I went to high school with.
Daniel Clowes
You can give some kind of spark of life to a comic that a photograph doesn't really have. A photograph, even if it's connecting with you, it seems very dead on the page sometimes.
Daniel Clowes
Nobody else feels the same way about your dog that you do.
In an art school it's very hard to tell who is the best.
In a movie, you have to be mindful that no budget is going to be able to deal with running around the globe at every whim of the writer.
Daniel Clowes
I must have been 3 years old or less, and I remember paging through these comics, trying to figure out the stories. I couldn't read the words, so I made up my own stories.
Daniel Clowes
I was 30 before I made a living that was not embarrassing.
I never feel there's anything I can't do.
When you see somebody who's got a complaining personality, it usually means that they had some vision of what things could be, and they're constantly disappointed by that. I think that would be the camp that I would fall into – constantly horrified by the things people do.
Daniel Clowes
I'm a fan of parchment and wood pulp.
I think I'm gonna attach myself to the sinking ship that is book publishing.
Daniel Clowes
I love the medium and I love individual comics, but the business is nothing I would be proud of.
Daniel Clowes
When I close my eyes to draw I always think Chicago in 1975.
Working on movies made me realize how fluid the medium of film was.
Yeah, I don't necessarily like endings that contrive an artificial moment of completion.
Daniel Clowes
Even if I only had 10 readers, I'd rather do the book for them than for a million readers online.
Daniel Clowes
I'm more interested in characters who are a little difficult.
I think I've had the fantasy of a ray-gun that could erase the world from the time I was a very little kid.
Daniel Clowes
I'm not opposed to comics on the Internet. It's just not interesting to me.
Daniel Clowes
I originally just wanted to be an artist.
I was a very fearful little kid, and I would always see the worst in everything. The glass was half-empty. I would see people kissing, and I would think one was trying to bite the other.
Daniel Clowes
It's embarrassing to be involved in the same business as the mainstream comic thing. It's still very embarrassing to tell other adults that I draw comic books – their instant, preconceived notions of what that means.
Daniel Clowes