Friday, September 20, 2013

Chicago Views contest answers announced and the prize goes to...

Our Chicago Views contest had ended and the grand prize goes to Brian Skiff of Los Angeles, CA. Congratulations, and thanks to everyone who participated!

And here is the answer key:
 1) GOD (David Boring)
 2) Enid (Ghost World)
 3) David Boring (David Boring)
 4) Zubrick (Twentieth Century Eightball)
 5) Pogeybait (Twentieth Century Eightball)
 6) Wanda Kraml* (David Boring)
 7) Gregg ("Playful Obsession", Twentieth Century Eightball)
 8) Wilson (Wilson)
 9) Andy (The Death-Ray)
10) Blue Bunny (Ice Haven)
11) Tina's father (Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron)
12) Ectomorph  (Twentieth Century Eightball)

13) Garfield Goose (“Chicago”, Twentieth Century Eightball)
14) Tina (Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron)
15) Daniel G. Clowes ®™ (Just Another Day”, Twentieth Century Eightball)
16) Rodger Young (“Like a Weed, Joe”, Caricature)
17) Lloyd Llewellyn (The Manly World of Lloyd Llewellyn
18) Dan Pussey (Pussey!)
19) Doctor Infinity (Pussey!)
20) House of Boris sign (“Chicago”, Twentieth Century Eightball)
21) Clay Loudermilk (Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron)
22) Madame Van Damme** (Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron)
23) Jim Belushi (“Chicago”, Twentieth Century Eightball)

* Judy Lowenstein (Wanda’s sister) also accepted
** Barbara Allen (The name of the character that M.V.Damme played the role of) also accepted

The "Chicago Views" prints can still be purchased in our new webshop and at the MCA Chicago bookstore.

Friday, August 16, 2013 Chicago Views Contest

CONTEST: Can you identify all of the silhouettes in these new drawings that Daniel Clowes drew for the Modern Cartoonist exhibition murals and "Chicago Views" prints?  List as many of the characters and other references from Clowes's books placed throughout the drawings above using the indicated numbers. Email your entry by September 18, 2013 to A set of prints will be awarded as the prize to the winner with the most correct answers (ties will decided by randomly choosing from the best entries.) The winner will be posted along with all of the answers on September 20, 2013.

The "Chicago Views" prints can also be purchased in our new webshop and at the MCA Chicago bookstore.

This contest is over. Stay tuned for the answers an announcement of the winner and more contests from 

Monday, July 15, 2013

In the News: WBEZ posts MCAChicago interview and more...

WBEZ Chicago radio posted this interview with Daniel Clowes that was conducted by curator Susan Miller at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago on June 28, 2013.

During the interview they cover a lot of ground including: starting out in comics, the beginnings of Eightball, a tribute to his publisher and friend Kim Thompson who recently and unexpectedly passed, the motivations behind creating Enid and Rebecca from Ghost World , what it's like having a retrospective exhibition at the MCA Chicago (the city Clowes grew up in), working in Comics vs. Film, and much more... (Also, listen for the very funny unexpected cameo by comedian and actor Patton Oswalt towards the end.)

And here's a few other recent links to articles tied into the Modern Cartoonist exhibition currently up at the MCA Chicago:

Chicago Magazine
Chicago Tribune (mural)
Chicago Tribune (exhibition) 
New City

The Death-Ray T-shirt, and New Prints in the Shop.

The new webshop was just launched and there you can find some new items for sale. We have the last of The Death-Ray T-shirts from Presspop, Japan (about a dozen left and otherwise sold-out*) and a deluxe limited edition of the Chicago Views prints made exclusive for our website.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

"Barnaby" and "The Daniel Clowes Reader" now available!

Barnaby vol. 1 and The Daniel Clowes Reader are now available!

Barnaby is a multi-volume project that will collect this entire run of comic strips (1942-1952) by Crockett Johnson. This series is edited by Eric Reynolds and Philip Nel with art direction by Daniel Clowes. This first volume contains the first two years and has an introduction by cartoonist Chris Ware.

The Daniel Clowes Reader: A Critical Edition of Ghost World and Other Stories, with Essays, Interviews, and Annottations - This landmark collection edited by Ken Parille features ten of Daniel Clowes's most influential comics, along with interviews in which he talks about his career and creative process, and twelve thought-provoking essays by contemporary scholars and critics.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

photo gallery: "Modern Cartoonist" opens at the MCA Chicago.

The Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes exhibition opened at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago last week. Here's a photo gallery that we just posted. 

Thanks to Susan Miller, Lynne Warren, Nicholas de Monchaux, Gary Leib, Ivan Brunetti, and Charles, Erika & Daniel Clowes for a fun weekend, the photos, and making this happen.

-Alvin Buenaventura

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In Memoriam: Kim Thompson, 1956-2013

Kim Thompson, the beloved co-publisher of Fantagraphics passed away last week on June 19, 2013. Daniel Clowes (along with many others that worked closely with him) pay tribute at

Here's an excerpt from Clowes's remembrance:
Kim was my long-distance friend, publisher, and occasional role model for thirty years. He was one of the last people with whom I had an old-fashioned telephone relationship and we maintained a casual, gossipy rapport, fully grounded in the mutual respect one feels toward a fellow lifer (usually these calls devolved into Kim trying to convince me to give DePalma’s Snake Eyes another try, or baiting me with the assertion that Franquin is the best cartoonist of all time). He loved being the first to share the news about comics events, and it occurs to me that this is the first major industry death that I didn’t first hear about from Kim himself.
...continued here

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Sneak Peek: Modern Cartoonist exhibition at the MCA Chicago

MCA Chicago installing a 20 foot high wall mural in the exhibition gallery featuring one of two new illustrations by Daniel Clowes depicting views of Chicago.

Emma Munger, Ruby Goldberg, and David Woods painting the giant mural panel segments here in Oakland before being shipped off to Chicago.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

"Modern Cartoonist" museum exhibition continues in Chicago...

Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes at the MCA Chicago - June 29 through October 13, 2013

The Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes touring exhibition that opened in Oakland, CA last Spring continues on at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago later this month.

Talk: Daniel Clowes and Susan Miller - June 29, 2013, 1:00pm

Join curator Susan Miller and artist Daniel Clowes Saturday, June 29 at 1pm to discuss the exhibition, and artist's Chicago roots.

...and here's a recent brief interview with Clowes at the Huffington Post.