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Terry Zwigoff’s movie of Daniel Clowes’ extraordinary graphic novel Ghost World has brought Clowes hordes of new readers. Every one of them will be eagerly awaiting the adventures of Clowes’ new hero: David Boring, a nineteen-year-old security guard with a tortured inner life and an obsessive nature.
When he meets the girl of his dreams, things begin to go awry: what seems too good to be true apparently is, and what seems truest in Boring’s life is that, given the right set of circumstances (in this case an orgiastic cascade of vengeance, humiliation and murder), the primal nature of mankind will come inexorably to the fore.
Daniel Clowes was born in 1961. He is the creator of the comic books Eightball, Ghost World, which was made into a film by the director Terry Zwigoff, David Boring, and Ice Haven. His adaptation of his own Ghost World graphic novel for the screen earned him an Oscar nomination. A regular contributor to the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, and The Best American Comics, he lives in California with his wife.