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Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron Paperback – 1 Jan 2004

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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics; 7th edition (1 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560971169
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560971160
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 1.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron] was Twin Peaks before Twin Peaks; a woozy nightmare of circular, Pinter-esque dialogue and skewed B-movie aesthetics, stark in inky black and white, nasty one page and laugh out loud funny the next. The series took the idea of what comic books could be right to the brink of crazy, then lurched over the edge. --Ian McQuaid"

About the Author

Daniel Clowes is a celebrated graphic novelist, Academy-Award nominated screenwriter, and frequent cover artist for the New Yorker. He lives in Oakland, CA. He is a multi-Harvey, Eisner, and Ignatz Award winner, and his papers were recently acquired by the University of Chicago library.

Bill Blackbeard, the founder-director of the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum, is the world's foremost authority on early 20th Century American comic strips. As a freelance writer, Blackbeard wrote, edited or contributed to more than 200 books on cartoons and comic strips, including The Smithsonian Collection of Newspaper Comics, 100 Years of Comic Strips, and the Krazy & Ignatz series.


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This classic comic book is a weird and deranged tale of conspiracy theories, sideshow freaks, pornography, and murderous religious cults, all told with a vein of dark and satirical humour. It was originally serialized in "Eightball" comic, and the author Daniel Clowes has got a lot of attention lately after the film adaptation of another Eightball strip "Ghost World" hit the screens. This earlier effort is even more cinematic. It's similar in tone to the films of David Lynch, particularly "Twin Peaks", which it actually pre-dates by a couple of years; and the title is a quote from the classic Russ Meyer film "Faster Pussycat Kill! Kill!", with which the book shares it's stark black and white visuals and a demented road trip storyline. This disturbing, but very funny book (and anything else by the idiosyncratic Clowes) is leagues ahead of anything in the comics canon, with the exception of the recently published "Jimmy Corrigan" by Chris Ware.
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This is the kind of comic that makes me genuinely afraid of people.Well, actually to be more specific and to quote Mr Bowie ... afraid of americans...because no matter how far out and twisted the characters and events may be ... i have an uneasy feeling that if you went a travelling and got lost in the woods some of these things could happen... somehow ... somewhere.
Strange doesnt even start to describe 'Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron' but: stunning, surreal and nightmarish is a beginning. Hilarious nuggets of black humour make the eerie journey even more engrossing and I have a feeling that a couple of those characters are gonna stay with me for quite a while. Clowes characterizations are amazing... he can make anyone look... well just alittle bit wrong, disturbed, inbred and goofy!I think Clowes is an artist everyone interested in comics and/or the bizarre just has to explore...go buy it... but just dont read it when you're eating... it leaves a funny taste in the mouth.
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If you've got all Clowes other works bar this one, you've missed out on his best, which this clearly is. Ghost World got filmed because it was filmable. This would need maybe David Lynch to do it justice. Is the end even filmable at all? Nah.

Who cares about films anyway. This is a great comic, and Daniel Clowes is hilarious. Get the Eightball anthology (if that's what it is) too if only for the Art School expose. Why he doesn't write more comics I don't know - maybe it's because he spends too long on them. Or he's a slow drawer.

There's also lots of sex in this comic, which reminded me of Crumb a lot. I wonder if Clowes feels influenced by R Crumb at all. I hope so.
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This is a work of twisted genius in which the protagonist is caught up in a grotesque & Kafkaesque world of snuff porno, hit men, cultists, deformities, mutilations, and the mysterious Mister Jones. It's like the kind of thing David Lynch would do if he were a cartoonist, & I think it could be made into an excellent movie. Expect some perturbing imagery, dark humour, and a rosy ending (sort of).
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