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David Boring

Credits: Written and Illustrated by Daniel Clowes
Publisher: Pantheon Books


Part of Pantheon Book's line of graphic novels, DAVID BORING was released if not on the same day, then very close to, Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan. This is the comics equivalent of, say, The Godfather and Raging Bull coming out the same weekend. I'm compelled to bring this up only because I bought them both at the same time, and had my ass rocked right the fuck off by the possibilities and potential of the medium that are displayed here.

DAVID BORING, collected from three consecutive issues of Daniel Clowes' Eightball, tells the strange tale of David and what just might be the end of the world. Or not. While words like "angst" or "ennui" may all too often send you screaming for the door, Clowes is able to pull off an atmosphere of dread and uncertainty permeated with paranoia and the surreal without the standard mealy-mouthed navel-gazing or first-semester Jungian bullshit. Sex fetishes and romantic obsessions; movies, magazines, and comic books wrack our young hero as he navigates the maybe-apocalypse and his own emotions, spinning out of control as wildly as the world itself while holding out very desperately for hope. Profound and sharply complicated, DAVID BORING is one of comics' modern masters knocking it solidly out of the park.

Also: for those of you, like me, who often wish such things would happen, David gets shot in the head. Twice.

-- Matt Fraction

Matt Fraction splits his time between motion graphics and design house MK12, writing comics, and reading comics. He is the author of the graphic novels The Annotated Mantooth and Last of the Independents, both available from AiT/Planet Lar. He can be found on the web at mattfraction.com. His wife is hot.


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