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  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Cape; First Edition edition (7 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0224063235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0224063234
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1 x 25.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Imagine a tilted comic-book homage to Hitchcock's Vertigo, but with religious cults, fetishistic scrapbooks and scenes of underwater coupling" (Guardian)

"For those interested in comic art's potential, Clowes' work offers exciting literary possibilities. Boring is anything but" (Time Magazine)

"Daniel Clowes' underground comics are now a hipster must-have. Why? Because his work is beautifully drawn with subtle, convincing storylines centred on everyday emotional weirdness" (Time Out)

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A startling follow-up graphic novel by the author of Ghost World.

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Arbie on 17 Aug 2005
Format: Paperback
I may be a little hasty writing this review (I only finished the first reading twenty minutes or so ago), but I simply cannot contain myself. This really is a truly fantastic graphic novel (or 'comic book' as Clowes states on the cover, presumably to avoid the common euphemism). When I ripped it from its Amazon packaging this morning I was peculiarly less-than-optimistic of Clowes' cold, realistic cartoon style which reminded me all too much of the mainstream '60s comics that our eponymous (anti-) hero's absent father authored. Thankfully, these feelings were quickly shattered.
To avoid ruining it, David Boring is a young man who pursues a number of doomed sexual encounters in pursuit of his ideal woman (in a nutshell, big-bottomed). This leads him to the mysterious Wanda, his relationship which whom results in a near-fatal shooting, and isolation and murder-mystery on a secluded island while the world is in danger of apocalypse. All the characters in this story are doomed and pathetic, but the story is an interesting exploration into sexual obsession and the nature of love and attraction - as well as being a suspenseful whodunit.
Where I would stray from saying this about any other comic book, 'David Boring' is filmic (in the conventional "3-act structure" David attempts in this unwritten screenplay) in the way that presumably gave 'Ghost World' the potential to make the adaptation such a cult status (the book or film of which I am still yet to have experienced). While I would love to see 'David Boring' made into film more so than any other comic I've read in quite a while, like every great work of this medium it could only possibly have been fully realised in the static pictorial narrative form.
There may only be 116 pages of actual narrative, but you will be immensely surprised by how succinctly Clowes executes so richly complex a tale in such limited constraints. You'll finish it in an hour, but you'll no doubt be drawn back. I'm just about to re-read it now.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Shaw TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 18 Sep 2009
Format: Hardcover
Art is definitely nothing to do with comics, the paper kind, drawn by nerdy young men with unhealthy obsessions, right? Well - not quite. Daniel Clowes is an artist of shadows, planes, interlocking bodies, but above all of comics. He does not allow the form to limit him, and what you get is a novel in miniature, with the strange, sad and sexy story of David Boring.

Woven within this story is the parallel comic format story of Yellow Streak, a superhero for our age who, apart from being able to transport himself into the past and future, seems to have no relation to the `straight' superheroes of the past. He was drawn by, and symbolises, David's father - his mother is there in the flesh and seems to dislike, or at any rate, actively oppose David, in his endeavours.

"Endeavours" seems to posit a raison d'etre, but David doesn't really have one, other than wondering feebly who killed his friend from the past (who he didn't really like anyway), and where his girlfriend Wanda disappeared to. David is popular with women - and why wouldn't he be? A lonely, gentle, malleable figure, he has no shortage of replacements for Wanda, and prior to her he spends his time cataloguing his conquests in a book of photographs.

David Boring is seriously funny - I was deeply enthralled and engaged by its events, and at the same time, I was smiling idiotically to myself at its wry wit, its subversion of social attitudes, the disaster scenarios and personal relationships it depicts. This is brilliant creative and sardonic humour.

A tour de force, feeding and building into the angst of its time.
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Format: Paperback
Without giving the plot away, David boring is a graphic novel that centres around the incidents and musings of a young film maker called... David Boring. If like myself, you enjoy Clowes' humour and unique approach to story telling this will be a hit with you. There are noticable parallels with Hitchcock's 'Vertigo' and Bergman's 'Persona' both in terms of theme and character developement. 'David Boring' is not Clowes' best in my opinion, but it was an entertaining read.
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Format: Paperback
I'm not going to labour the point here, because I can see from the other reviews that people much more eloquent than me have already put praise for this book into prettier words than I could manage. I will say though, that David Boring has been a firm favourite of mine for many years. Clowes' style of drawing is not the usual style that I am drawn to (pardon the pun!) but it compliments perfectly the withdrawn, almost nihilistic tone of the story. David feels like a breathing, rounded character without ever stepping into cliche territory.
Also, I adore the scrapbook. Something about that idea really speaks to me.
In short, this book is most certainly worth your money. I felt totally absorbed into this world and when it was over I wanted to go back.
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By Jim on 5 July 2010
Format: Paperback
So what do I mean by 'Solid, clean read'? Well the book has a good story ark, it entertains and the artwork is well done. I'm sure it would score well in a theoretical review but as far as grabbing you by the bottom of your gut and pulling you in to the story and the art work this is no Charles Burns, which, as it was recommended off the back of a purchase of his entire catalogue is not particularly great.

That said, I like the artwork, the story is original and entertaining and the book has something to say. It's not a bad purchase and I'm glad I bought it, but if it's a toss up between two books you really want to read, try the other first and buy this one later.
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