David Boring Paperback – 7 Nov 2002
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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)
A startling follow-up graphic novel by the author of Ghost World.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
While the story is unique in itself, it's also pretty aimless and has this annoying tendancy (like every piece of media aiming for indie cred) for the characters to fall prey to a severe amount ignorance when it comes to extraordinary events. For instance, David finds himself in some pretty extraordinary situations, especially one or two which are pretty life threatening, but at no point does he wonder, question or even go out of his way to figure out why these things are happening. Often, the story looks as if it's going to a very interesting place only to fizzle out to nothing at all. There are a number of interesting story beats here (David tries to figure out more about his late father through a comic book his Dad drew years ago, or the World War nuclear apocalypse backdrop that is kept at arms length) that ultimately lead to nowhere. It gives the impression that the author, while obviously gifted in terms of characterisation, writing and artwork, wanted to make an incredibly layered and complex story that ends up being quite shallow in parts.Read more ›
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Brilliant art, wonderful narrative, makes for a largely unusual and original graphic piece.Published 10 months ago by Terrance J Wiggett
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. Read morePublished on 2 May 2013 by Mr. Karim El-salahi
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... Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2011 by Amazon Customer
Morbid Lynchian romance for overgrown adolescents. Technically highly accomplished, cinematic even; but I prefer the pastel-tinted depression of Eightball (I have #23), which... Read morePublished on 12 Jan. 2011 by Simon Barrett 'Il Penseroso'
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. Read morePublished on 5 July 2010 by Jim
Brilliant. The book is split in different stories instead of one long one, but they are all very related. Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2010 by Serious Shopper
Worth a read, enjoyable and I read it in one sit. Those that think that comics are for kids need not buy this book.Published on 27 May 2009 by J. Larrad
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