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Drawn and Quarterly
<DIV><DIV><DIV>AN ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL FROM THE OSCAR-NOMINATED SCREENWRITER AND AWARD-WINNING CARTOONIST <BR><BR>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. <BR><BR>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 <I>GhostWorld</I>, <I>Ice Haven</I>, and <I>David Boring </I>gives us his funniest and most deeply affecting novel to date.</DIV></DIV></DIV>
Drawn and Quarterly
<strong>Amazon Best Books of the Month, April 2010</strong>: <em>Wilson</em> is billed as Daniel Clowes's "first original graphic novel," which sounds a little funny, since he's the author of <em>Ghost World</em>, one of the instant classics of that young genre, as well as the lesser-known but strangely wonderful <em>David Boring</em>, among others. But his other books first appeared serialized in his Eightball comics series, while <em>Wilson</em> comes to us all at once, in a beautiful oversized package. <em>Wilson</em> tells a single, complete story (of the bitterly lonely man named in the title), but it does so in tiny bites. Each page is a stand-alone vignette, in the familiar newspaper comics rhythm of setup, setup, setup, punch line: like Garfield, say, if Jon were a foul-mouthed incipient felon (and drawn with the tenderly grotesque genius of Clowes). The gags are the sort that stick in your throat rather than go down easy, and together they add up to a life that's just barely open to the possibility of wresting oneself out of the repetitions of hostility and failure. It's an intriguing addition to the most thrilling career in comics. --<em>Tom Nissley</em>