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Ghost World: Special Edition Hardcover – Special Edition, 6 Mar 2008

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS; Special edition edition (6 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560978902
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560978909
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.8 x 28.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 777,237 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover

like my review of Watchmen i will keep this to the specifics of the Special Edition compared to the normal Trade Paperback (i already own the uk paperback edition).

I would say that to fully enjoy this edition you must be a fan of the film as well as the graphic novel, about equal attention has been given to both in this book. I personally liked the film alot (the director is the guy who directed CRUMB & Art School Confidential).

The first thing i was impressed with about this special edition is the quality of the book itself. As hardbacks go this is solidly constructed and made with quality materials. The printing is also a marked improvement over the paperback, the format is very slightly larger and the inks and paper used are much better quality. The black separation is sharp and solid throughout and the green plate is far more vibrant and `minty' compared to the paperback, i think it is worth buying the special edition for this reason alone! (I honestly think the construction of this book is near perfect).

The extras included that stood out for me were the 2 page `where are they now' intro, lengthy annotations by Clowes for his book and the film, graphic novel / film tie-in posters, sunshine cinema poster, japanese and german covers of the original paperback, all the artwork for merchandise packaging, Eightball covers that feature the girls, original art with rubylith overlay (so you can see how it was sent to the printers!) and interesting notes by Terry Zwigoff (director of the film).

I would recommend this to people who re-read Ghost World alot and who are fans of the film. It really is the definitive edition of this popular graphic novel- published with care and attention to detail. Highly Recommended.
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I loved the film so I bought the original comic and this. The special edition includes the script of the movie (which was interesting to read because they cut some of it out for the final cut of the film) amongst many other things such as a "Where are they now?" sketch, a "Little Enid" sketch, behind the scenes of the movie pictures and even a list of Seymour's favourite movies.
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This is such a fantastic purchase for fans of the book. I already had an old and barely worn copy of Ghost World but when I saw this special edition I decided to make the investment. The additional content, the writing notes and film script, really make it worthwhile purchase, even for those who own the original book. It's fantastically displayed and you shouldn't forget just how fantastic a graphic novel Ghost World is. Daniel Clowes creates characters that really and truly draw you into their world. A must read for new-comers and a must purchase for long-term fans.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8d1cd690) out of 5 stars 13 reviews
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bb840f0) out of 5 stars Excellent Release 15 Jan. 2010
By Mariner Blake - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The Story
"Ghost World" was released way back in the 90's during the height of the cynical teen culture. They swear! They complain! They mope! Nobody in the world can possibly understand what they're going through! But, we do. If you read this book at the appropriate age, (I would say around 13-17.) then you were probably sucked right into their world.

They are truly philosophers of teenage angst. If you read it after your teenage/young adult years, you'll simply see them as whining kids. Which is fair, they are, but no book besides "The Catcher in the Rye" so perfectly captured teenage angst in its pure roots. Throw this book at a surly teen and they will treasure it forever, making them feel not so alone. Heavens, it might even make them laugh occasionally!

I grew up reading this book. When I first got it, I was a misfit in High School and could empathize with the loner outcast feel they sent off. When I grew a little older into my late teens, I understood how people grow up and grow apart, and had a falling out with my best friend that mirrored events in the book itself. Finally, I realized how there was more to life than simply sitting down and feeling sorry for yourself. Now, in my young adult stage, I can see the girls for what they are: A perfect time capsule of one point in every persons life. They aren't great thinkers except for what they are at that exact stage.

You may not truly appreciate the depths the book has unless you had read it while younger. But if you can remember teen years, then its worth it to pick up a copy.

The Book
This is a fantastic release. It has the original book with all the art work intact, along with original copies of the book from the Eightball magazine. It has lots of concept art, promotional art, merchandise photos, and new comics made just for this release. In addition it contains the movie script and soundtrack album artwork.

If you want the full "Ghost World" experience, this is the version to buy. Especially now that it's so close to the cost of the mass paperback edition. Buy this, it had much more stuff in it and is worth the 20$ extra. It has exactly the same mass paperback along with all the extras mentioned. Truly a treasure I return to year after year.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bb84144) out of 5 stars Why it's better than the movie... 10 Mar. 2010
By D.N. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In the Ghost World graphic novel, there is a sense of the masks that younger people try on, trying to pounce on others outside of their clique and keep close friends within their own small sphere as they move through life. Clowes repeatedly demonstrates how often choices are made just to entertain others by talking about it later on. You get a sense that the decisions people make are largely out of social stigmas, and he delineates so many of them that it appears entirely rational. He shows how many tensions there are in growing up, sure, but also within friendships (sexual and intellectual rivalries) and exposes the arbitrary nature of early relationships in a way that can often be surprisingly revelatory.

There an interesting theme of dodging the freaks that appear around them... until they end up on television at least. John Ellis' character seemed to hover around the issue of child molestation just to lightly suggest that Rebecca had experienced that in her past, as a contributing factor to her character.

I love that Enid was looking for one lame children's record the entire time as she tried on her various disguises over the years. It reminds you of the nostalgia that overwhelms you at around 18 where you realize how formative all of those interests proved to be.

The movie's decision to have an age-based romance between Enid and a record collector seemed shoehorned in, and the art class jokes take us away from the real point of the story in the graphic novel. Point being, if you have to choose one of them, get this.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8c6d6b28) out of 5 stars After about 5 minutes of this book, you're gonna wish you had 10 beers! 13 May 2010
By R. A. Zamora - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
THIS BOOK IS GREAT! I constantly use it for references and why get the individual set of Ghost World and Ghost World script book. get this book and you'll also get some extra stuff. Sketches, unused art work, Alternative covers, The WHOLE ENCHILADA!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f505e3c) out of 5 stars In Ghost World, Daniel Clowes doesn't romanticize the teenage experience or show teenage girls as sweet and idealistic 4 Nov. 2011
By GraphicNovelReporter.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
In Ghost World, Daniel Clowes doesn't romanticize the teenage experience or show teenage girls as sweet and idealistic. His portrayal is raw, cynical, and honest, often hitting the nail on the head.

Enid and Rebecca are best friends who constantly shout insults at each other, because that's how they communicate. I'm not used to seeing people talk this way in books, but I also know people who talk this way. It's not over-the-top or malicious...it's real.

The girls also don't know what they want in their future, especially Enid. She's graduated from high school and her father is pressing for college. She's not interested in college, but she doesn't want to disappoint her father, and she doesn't know what to do instead of school, either. She doesn't look for a job or try to figure out the next step in her life.

Enid and Rebecca are very cynical and caustic, but they live in a world where they can see no other way to act. Everyone around them is pretentious or clueless...or both. The stuff on television and in magazines strikes them as ridiculous. They can't stand the people around them. It's an excellent portrayal of alienation, especially teenage alienation. Even when Enid and Rebecca aren't being nice, they're still understandable. This graphic novel is very funny, but it's also very sad, and sometimes it's both at the same time. The saddest part is when Enid and Rebecca pull a prank on a man trying to meet a woman, but the girls, especially Enid, don't realize what they've done until it's too late.

Ghost World is very well known in the comics world, a sort of classic in the field. Others might be familiar with the critically acclaimed movie based on it and starring Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, and Steve Buscemi. While some of what's in the comic carries directly over into the movie, and the feel of it remains the same, the comic is often quite different. In the movie, Enid falls for Seymour, the character played by Buscemi; in the book, all Enid does is play a prank on the character that would become Seymour in the film. The comic isn't as plot-strong as the movie, instead feeling more like a series of vignettes. Though it's only 80 pages long, this graphic novel still manages to leave a deep impression.

Reviewed by Danica Davidson
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8bb8460c) out of 5 stars Ghost World - special edition hardcover (2008) 31 Oct. 2008
By Joseph Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Great fun

Annotations to the comic (front and back covers included!), the out of print screenplay for the Ghost World film

Artwork for the cd soundtrack, and for the Enid doll. Also, some Enid cartoons and all that a fan of the comic (originally printed in Eightball) and film could want

Published October 2008
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