CA – Eightball Signing

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Daniel Clowes will make his first Los Angeles appearance in several years at Meltdown Comics on June 5th to celebrate the release of The Complete Eightball, a two-volume collection of the influential and iconic comic book series, from Fantagraphics Books.

On Friday, June 5th, from 6-10 PM, Meltdown will be opening its Los Angeles doors to fans new and decades strong for a night complete with prizes, a book signing, costume contest, and an interview between Clowes and Mark Frauenfelder from Boing Boing.

Creator of touchstone stories such as “Ghost World,” “Art School Confidential,” and “Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron,” Daniel Clowes changed the landscape of comics when he began publishing Eightball with Fantagraphics Books in 1989. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of its release, and celebrate the future, the biggest comic book retailer in California, Meltdown Comics, is pulling all the stops for this one-night-only engagement. Meltdown and Clowes’s relationship dates back over 20 years, when Clowes created the venerable Meltdown mascot, Mel, in the early days of the store.

From Associate Publisher, Eric Reynolds says, “It was literally unfathomable for us to consider any Daniel Clowes / Complete Eightball event schedule that didn’t include Meltdown Comics. I don’t know if there’s a bookseller in the country that has done more to promote Eightball and the work of Daniel Clowes over the past two decades. This is going to be a barnburner.”

Meltdown Comics
7522 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90046

OR – Linework NW Opening Party

Daniel Clowes, Lisa Congdon, Lisa Hanawalt, and Jay Howell appear at Hellion Gallery on Friday, April 17th from 6:00 – 10:00 pm! RSVP on Facebook!

Press Release:

Linework NW is back for round 2! Come celebrate the triumphant return of Portland’s premier comics and illustration festival at our opening reception on Friday, April 17th at Hellion Gallery from 6:00-10:00pm. Enjoy beer by the local brew heroes at Gigantic while perusing prints and original work from our esteemed special guests:

one of the great voices of contemporary American literature and a legendary artist and draftsman. Clowes is the creator of Eightball, an anthology of personal work that consistently raised the bar of comics art and literature over its impressive 17–year run. It was in these pages that many of Clowes’ graphic novels were first serialized, including Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, David Boring, and Ghost World, which was adapted to film by Terry Zwigoff in 2001 with an Academy Award nominated screenplay by Clowes. Linework NW is extraordinarily honored to be hosting the official world premiere of The Complete Eightball 1–18 (Fantagraphics Books) at our festival.

a prolific cartoonist and illustrator known for her colorful and hilarious work. A Co-Producer and Production Designer of Netflix’s Bojack Horseman, Hanawalt is also a frequent contributor to publications such as The Believer, Lucky Peach magazine, and The New York Times, and the author of the collection My Dirty Dumb Eyes (Drawn and Quarterly). A prolific and wide-ranging creator, Hanawalt also serves as co-host of the bi-weekly podcast Baby Geniuses with comedian Emily Heller. Lisa Hanawalt will make you blush, through either the sheer beauty of her craft, or her deft ability to tell dirty jokes.

an animator, illustrator, and character designer whose work can be seen everywhere from Nickelodeon’s Sanjay and Craig (where Howell serves as Executive Producer, Co-Creator, and Art Director) and Fox’s Bob’s Burgers to fine art galleries such as Slow Culture and FFDG. Well known for his distinctive drawings of spindly-legged punks, dogs, skateboards, and cool times, Howell is also the creator and animator of the Classic Tales series of interviews from Vans. With a body of work that evokes both simple beauty and thrashing chaos, Jay Howell is a champion to professional artists and those who doodle in the margins of notebooks alike.

a fine artist, author, and illustrator who well-known for her colorful abstract paintings, intricate line drawings, and hand lettering. A self-described “late bloomer,” Congdon began her artistic career after working for years as an educator and has achieved extraordinary success, working with an array of high-profile clients including MoMA, Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, and the Obama campaign. Lisa is also the author of many books, including Art, Inc; Whatever You Are, Be a Good One; Twenty Ways to Draw a Tulip, and A Collection a Day. Her latest book, Fortune Favors the Brave (Chronicle) will be released later this year. Congdon’s background as an educator continues to influence her artistic practice. She has made a name for herself as a guide and inspiration to those following their passion and pursuing a career in art.

Admission is free and open to the public.

For more information about the festival, please visit

Hellion Gallery
19 NW 5th Ave, Suite #208, Portland OR 97209

WA – The Complete Eightball Signing

8ballPress Release:

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is pleased to host the return engagement of one of America’s most influential artists, Daniel Clowes.  His cynical satires of popular culture in the pages of the wildly popular Eightball comic book series helped define the attitudes and aesthetics of an entire generation.  His appearance in Seattle on Saturday, April 18 marks the global debut of The Complete Eightball 1 – 18.  Clowes will be available to sign a limited number of advance copies of this collection as well as other publications from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, just minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.


OR – The Complete Eightball Signing


Daniel Clowes appears at Powell’s City of Books on Tuesday, April 21st at 7:30 pm!

Before he rose to fame as a filmmaker and the author of Ghost World and David Boring, Daniel Clowes made his name from 1989 to 1997 by producing 18 issues of the beloved comic book series Eightball, which is still widely considered to be one of the greatest and most influential comic book titles of all time. Now, for the 25th anniversary, The Complete Eightball 1–18 (Fantagraphics) collects these long out-of-print issues in a slipcased, two-volume set.

Powell’s City of Books
3415 SW Cedar Hills Blvd. Beaverton, OR 97005

OH – Modern Cartoonist


Join Daniel Clowes and comics scholar Hillary Chute on Saturday, May 17th at 7:00 pm for a lively conversation about Clowes’s career—which includes such comics and graphic novels as Ghost World (1997), The Death-Ray (2011), and Wilson (2010)—and his role as a curator of Eye of the Cartoonist, on view at the Wexner Center.

Chute is a Neubauer Family Assistant Professor in the Department of English at the University of Chicago and author of Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (2010).

FREE for all audiences

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Wexner Center for the Arts
1871 N High St, Columbus, OH 43210

IL – Modern Cartoonist Signing

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Daniel Clowes and Alvin Buenaventura sign at Quimby’s in Chicago this Thursday May 17, 2012 at 7:00pm.

About the book:
Throughout his twenty-five-year career, Daniel Clowes has always been ahead of artistic and cultural movements. In the late 1980s and 1990s his groundbreaking comic-book series Eightball defined the indie aesthetic of alternative comics, with wit, venom, and even a little sympathy. His breakthrough success, Ghost World, convinced mainstream readers of comics’ literary potential. In the new millennium, with works such as Ice Haven, Wilson, Mister Wonderful, and The Death-Ray, Clowes has redefined the graphic novel as an art form.

Now, for the first time, the award-winning, New York Times bestselling graphic novelist, cartoonist, and screenwriter opens his archives. The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist, the first monograph on one of America’s most innovative cartoonists, collects Clowes’s best-known work alongside seldom-seen illustrations, personal photos and memorabilia, behind-the-scenes drawings and sketchbook pages, and unpublished comics and original art. This lavishly illustrated celebration of Clowes’s work, edited by Alvin Buenaventura, designed by Jonathan Bennett, also features essays by noted contributors such as Chip Kidd and Chris Ware.

Quimby’s Bookstore
1854 West North Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622

OR – Mister Wonderful Signing

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Dan Clowes signs on Monday, May 16 at 7:30 pm. 

Originally serialized in the New York Times Magazine, Daniel Clowes’s Eisner Award-winning story, “Mister Wonderful,” has finally been collected and published as a graphic novel. Now with 40 pages of new material, captivating, bittersweet, and hilarious Mister Wonderful (Pantheon) more than lives up to its name.

 Powell’s Books
40 Northwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

MA – Mr. Wonderful Signing

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Daniel Clowes appears on Wednesday, May 4th, 2011 from 6:00-8:00PM

Join us at the Coolidge Corner Theatre for a reading, Q&A, and signing with award-winning author, screenwriter, and illustrator Daniel Clowes (Wilson, Ghost World, Art School Confidential).

Tickets for the reading are just $5. Call 617-566-6660 to order yours.

Sponsored by Brookline Booksmith

Coolidge Corner Theatre
290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA 02446-2908