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An Evening with Daniel Clowes

Book Signing

Portrait of a bearded man with glasses. Next to him is the cover of a book titled Monica. On the cover is a drawing of a profile of a woman with a blue tint.

Daniel Clowes shares his fascinating career as a cartoonist, illustrator, and screenwriter in this talk hosted by the Wexner Center and Cartoon Crossroads Columbus.

Clowes’s career spans nearly four decades, from his early work in Eightball to his newly released graphic novel, Monica—his first new work in seven years. One of the most decorated cartoonists of his generation, Clowes is a PEN American Literary Award Winner, and he has received numerous Harvey, Eisner, and Ignatz awards. Joining Clowes on stage is noted comics scholar and writer Irene Velentzas.

Clowes was the subject of the exhibition Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes, which traveled to the Wexner Center in 2014. In partnership with the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum, the Wex also staged Eye of the Cartoonist (2014), an exhibition curated by Clowes featuring cartoon work that was influential to him.

Clowes’s creativity is not limited to comics. He has written scripts for films adapted from his comics: Ghost World (2001), Art School Confidential (2006), and Wilson (2017). He has also created artwork for numerous album covers (including the 10 inch EP Tapeworm Blues by Columbus band the New Bomb Turks), covers for the Criterion Collection, and much more. His books have been translated into more that 20 languages around the world. (program approx. 60 mins.)

Join Clowes for a book signing after the talk in Mershon Lobby. Purchase a copy of Monica in the lobby while you’re here, or preorder the book on the Wexner Center Store website and pick it up at the event.

Before the talk a CXC reception will take place from 6 to 8 PM at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, which is just south of the Wexner Center across the plaza.

See the complete Cartoon Crossroads Columbus 2023 lineup at the Wexner Center.

Left to right: Daniel Clowes, photo: Brian Molyneaux; Monica, courtesy of Fantagraphics.

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Organized by Cartoon Crossroads Columbus.

Rohauer Collection Foundation

Ohio Department of Development
Greater Columbus Arts Council
The Wexner Family
Ohio Arts Council
Ohio State’s Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme
The Columbus Foundation
Nationwide Foundation
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Vorys, Sater, Seymour, and Pease

Mike and Paige Crane
Axium Packaging
President Kristina M. Johnson and Mrs. Veronica Meinhard
Nancy Kramer
Ohio State Energy Partners
Ohio History Fund/Ohio History Connection
Larry and Donna James
Bruce and Joy Soll
Jones Day
Alex and Renée Shumate


Past Film/Video

An Evening with Daniel Clowes