R fine comic from Clowes featuring his love for utilizing throwback comic techniues of decades before and his understanding of the human condition in all its hopelessness and awkwardness Co worker saw me reading this over lunch and commented oh some high level reading huh because it s got y know pictures Never mind that it s actually written for adults making it maybe a higher level book than 80% of what I ve been reading anyway GrumbleBecause Dan Clowes is not an asy breezy read Only 88 pages and yet captures the lives of ten anti heroes in the uaint hamlet of Ice Haven Oh and in this short content contains possible murder throwbacks to Leopold and Loeb multiple narratives that twist and stumble over Revived each other misanthropes misfits underachievers loners introverts oddballs and wandererspersonality traits of a trademark Daniel Clowes graphic novelAnd likevery other Clowes graphic novel I relished Student Research Projects in Calculus every grotesue minute of it I highly recommend reading this one twice to really get into the depth of the mystery of this bizarre town and it sccentric citizens I njoyed this than Ghost World and much than Twentieth Century Eightball There was cohesion and meat to this story than the other two of Clowes that I have read The reader meets an array of characters from the city of Ice Haven and through their individual yet connected stories a crime is solved during the course of the book found this at a thrift store totally stoked to read it yeah two dollars fifteen cents. Id Goldberg missing for than a week now The lives of the men and women of Ice Haven are woven into a multilayered tale that while it owes a debt to Our Town is ultimately based on and inspired by Leopold and Loeb No kidding Only Daniel Clowes could do it and luckily for us he has.
Over a couple weeks in the summer of 2005 I1 uit my job2 Bought this book3 Went on vacation to the Jersey Shore with my friend4 Read this book on the beach njoyed it5 Came home and returned this book to Barnes Noble because I was unemployed and needed the money backIt was kind of a great timeThe BN Lending Library I called it It s okay because they re hardcoverThis was not the only time that I did such a thing and it s not that this is an thically wonderful idea that I would recommend But if what you really feel you ve got to do is take that brand new book on vacation and you ve got bigger problems with no health insurance or credit card I would say that well have a great time It s hardcover Presented as a series of Sunday comics style vignettes this interconnected story of kidnapping unreuited love art and the psycho sexual drama in Small Town America is WAY complex and thought provoking than its short 81 pages would lead you to believe A dark portrait of suburban nnui that poses uestions than it answers while still feeling satisfying by the A Heart of Stone end It had menraptured the Taking Instruction (Taboo, entire time I don t think I have it in me to review anything by Daniel Clowes It s always a fabulous surreal andvery other Language and Linguistics emotionxperience to read his works The same goes for Ice Haven I liked it less than I did Ghost World or Death Ray but it has its distinct charms ach so well put on paper that the reader can t help but be in awe of Clowes genius One uestion why is the font so small As Welcome to Ice Haven “It’s not as cold here as it sounds” declares Random Wilder our reluctant guide to this sleepy Midwestern town He’s also its would be poet laureate Would be that is were it not for the “florid banalities” of his archrival Ida Wentz published ad na.
Any others have noted Clowes nters Sherwood Anderson territory here in this multi narrative xploration of the woebegone citizens of Ice Haven While there are some piercing moments here the last three pages in particular this is also pretty well traveled ground the sad lives of mundane middle Americans although the Leopold and Loeb motif is a dark wrinkle I was most intrigued by the piece s formal lements the novel told in individual comic strips done in various styles that serve as homages to pastiches of other classic strips the Peanuts being one obvious Promise at Dawn example Think Thornton Wilder s Our Town as a comic Daniel Clowes s version of Winesburg Ohio features the dull Midwestopia Ice Haven and its many sad sad citizens The plot revolves around a kidnapped tyke a crime which may or may not have been inspired by a child abduction thatnded in murder fifty years before This slice of small town xcitement serves as a shaggy impetus for letting the reader play voyeur in the lives of a lazy and untalented poet a bitter convenience store clerk an unhappily married pair of private yes ie Nick and Nora minus the laughs a ground zero pubescent who lusts after his older step sister with Shakespearian gusto a droll comic book critic an unhappy teen who marries her out of town beau in secret and a neurotic twenty something who has ambitions of being the next big literary something just as soon as she can find someone who will actually read any of her self published zines Anothe. Useam in the Ice Haven Daily Progress Among Wilder’s other fellow Ice Havians are the lovelorn Violet Vanderplazt and Vida Wentz; the adorable interracial moppets Carmichael and Paula; the Blue Bunny newly sprung from prison and the bitterest rabbit in town; and poor little Dav.
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Daniel Gillespie Clowes is an Academy Award nominated American author screenwriter and cartoonist of alternative comic books Most of Clowes' work appears first in his anthology Eightball 1989 2004 a collection of self contained narratives and serialized graphic novels Several of these narratives have been collected published separately as graphic novels most notably Ghost World With filmma