Book to Serve as Catalog for Touring Exhibition of Clowes's Work
New York, NY, September 13, 2011: Abrams ComicArts, an imprint of ABRAMS, the preeminent publisher of illustrated books, will publish the first monograph on the award-winning comics creator Daniel Clowes, author/illustrator of the bestselling titles Mister Wonderful, Wilson, David Boring, and Ghost World. The book's publication will tie in to an international touring retrospective of Clowes's work curated by Susan Miller. The exhibition will officially open at the Oakland Museum of California on April 14 and has plans to travel nationally and internationally. The book was acquired by Charles Kochman, editorial director of Abrams ComicArts, from Nicole Aragi at Aragi, Inc., and is slated for publication in April 2012.
The book, titled The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist, will be edited by Alvin Buenaventura with original essay contributions by Chip Kidd, Susan Miller, Ken Parille, Ray Pride, and Chris Ware; an extended career-spanning interview with Clowes conducted by Kristine McKenna; and an introduction by George Meyer. Clowes has provided exclusive access to his personal archives for the book, which include many previously unpublished comics and illustrations, all of which are reproduced from the original art.
"Daniel Clowes continues to inspire and raise the bar with each new graphic novel, and we are excited and honored to add his monograph to our list," said Kochman. "As we continue to document the great comics creators of our past such as Jack Kirby, Harvey Kurtzman, and Will Eisner, we are also looking to recognize seminal contemporary creators, as we did with our recent book on Jaime Hernandez. Alvin Buenaventura has pulled together an exciting collection of art and essays, all of which have come together beautifully to showcase Dan's considerable talents. The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist is the perfect introduction for readers who have yet to discover the genius of his work, and it is certain not to disappoint his eagerly awaiting fans."