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Ghost World ➥ [Epub] ➟ Ghost World By Daniel Clowes ➯ – Ghost World has become a cultural and generational touchstone and continues to enthrall and inspire readers over a decade after its original release as a graphic novel Originally serialized in the pag Ghost World has become a cultural and generational touchstone and continues to enthrall and inspire readers over a decade after its original release as a graphic novel originally serialized in the pages of the seminal comic book Eightball throughout the mid s this uasi autobiographical story the name of one of the protagonists is famously an anagram of the author's name follows the adventures of two teenage girls Enid and Becky two best friends facing the prospect of growing up and importantly apart Daniel Clowes is one of the most respected cartoonists of his generation and Ghost World is his magnum opus Adapted into a major motion picture directed by Terry Zwigoff director of the acclaimed documentary Crumb which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay This graphic novel is a must for any self respecting comics fan's library.

About the Author: Daniel Clowes

Daniel Gillespie Clowes is an Academy Award nominated American author screenwriter and cartoonist of alternative comic books Most of Clowes' work appears first in his anthology Eightball a collection of self contained narratives and serialized graphic novels Several of these narratives have been collected published separately as graphic novels most notably Ghost World With filmma.

10 thoughts on “Ghost World

  1. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    Two hours of my life that I will never get back This is the graphic novel edition of “Ghost World” by Fantagraphics Books originally published as chapters in the comic book series “Eightball” #11 18Creative TeamWriter Illustrator Daniel Clowes MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING People who read my reviews know that I’m not usually negative for not saying of giving 1 star ratings when I am commenting about my readings and being that negative doesn’t cause me any joy sadly when I do feel that it’s necessary well I don’t hesitate about it even if it’s against a generally popular and praised workNo book is a 100 bill to be liked by anybodyI didn’t have a clue about what was about Ghost World and after reading itI still don’t have a clue about what was about itThe main characters of Ghost World are Enid Coleslaw her dad legally changed his last name from Cohn and Rebecca Becky Doppelmeyer both 18 years old girls both just graduated from high school best friends and still looking out for what to do with the rest of their livesThe graphic novel doesn’t show any north no real storyline just a bunch of unrelated episodes without any clear purpose where Enid and Becky basically interact with old acuaintances or new people always commenting something negative about them MUCH NEGATIVE ABOUT EVERYTHING Both Enid and Becky are very mean to everybody they are constantly pointing out their faults calling them with offensive names and generally criticizing them behind their backs andor in their faces Enid and Becky also have negative opinions about almost anything around them Even Enid and Becky comment in negative light about themselvesIn a few cases some of the support characters deserve the negative critiue but in most cases Enid and Becky are just mean without any provocation or justificationSo I guess that since Enid and Becky are sooooooo negative about everybody and everything I don’t feel so bad myself for being that negative in my review about the graphic novelI have read and watch a lot of black comedy products and I have laughed plenty with them but while Ghost World tries to be humorous honestly I didn’t feel the impulse to laugh with it not in the least MUCH LOST ABOUT POTENTIAL It’s a shame at least in my very personal opinion that Ghost World didn’t exploit its own storytelling potential since the characters and ambiance were ideal to build a plot in the style of other products like the live action film Amélie or the animated TV series Daria Curiously enough Ghost World “born” in 1993 and lasted until 1997; Daria began in 1997 and Amélie is from 2001 so one could think that maybe just maybe Ghost World could serve as an inspiration andor to open the road for those projects but I don’t know for sure about that and after all Ghost World is a very pale image in comparison with those mentioned wonderful masterpieces MUCH MOVIE ABOUT GRAPHIC NOVEL I knew that there is a film adaptation of Ghost World but I haven’t been able to watch it yet After reading this graphic novel I wanted to check reading it at IMDB the premise in the movie since I wasn’t able to understand how somebody would be able to pull a movie out of thisI wasn’t surprised when I noticed that the movie had key changes in its core plot since the graphic novel doesn’t have any plot at allSo it’s understandable that the film is different in its basics to be able to present a proper storyline to followAnd I heard that the movie is far FAR FAAAR better product than the original graphic novel

  2. Ariel Ariel says:

    HMM I feel like I missed the train on this one I know that it's a beloved cult classic and I cannot deny that so many of the parts worked there are phenomenal panels poignant moments and some gorgeous illustration Particularly two of the chapters Punk Day and the final one stuck out to me as resonant and powerful However in the end it just didn't come together for me Mainly it felt pessimistic dreary and a bit exhausting Why are these women so grumpy CONSTANTLY? I'm very aware that this is an Ariel situation a me not enjoying the general tone and message of the text but I'm glad I read it and it definitely had some beautiful moments

  3. Jeff Jeff says:

    Three and a half stars rounded upMy wife doesn’t usually make graphic novel reading “suggestions” but when she does in order to keep a harmonious household I’ll read it What have I got to lose? HehShe was spot on read lucky with randomly choosing Daytripper so I gave her powers of awesome comic book prophesy another goSummary Two small town adolescent best friends share snark about dudes their future and the very meaning of life itselfWho knew looking into the abyss could be so much funNot much happens A series of small vignettes play out and the girls slowly grow distant from one another The dialogue crackles with some wit and is essentially the driving force behind reading thisGirls just want to have cranky fun and that’s okay with meBottom line Mrs Jeff is 2 for 2 and is batting a 1000 so unless she picks up a volume of Auaman next her streak will continue And I had no idea that there had been a movie based on this

  4. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    62717 Reread for my YA GNComics summer class discussed with clips from the movie which and seems like a light rom com version of the much deeper and richer and grittier nastier book One dimension of this book that seems clearer to me in this reading is that one of the things they are struggling with in this summer after high school graduation is sexuality including some of the GLT moments Who are they and who do they want to become? Enid may be going to college; Rebecca just wants things to stay the same between them forever Many people find these girls too nasty but Clowes an alt comixunderground guy didn't write them for everybody They are two sort of punkishart crowd cynics that seem very familiar to me61916 Ghost World is Clowes's comics masterpiece his first book work to to cross over from alternative comics into mainstream success with a film adaptation One of the first alt comics ever to do that actually The text features two recent girls Enid Coleslaw and Rebecca Doppelmeyer recent graduates of high school both disaffected and cynical They seem to hate everything and pretty humorously so One of my favorite moments is when Rebecca makes the claim that Enid hates all men Enid says no there's one guy David Clowes he's like this cartoonist he's pretty cool Enid Coleslaw is a rough version of Clowes but it is my understanding he modeled Enid on a classmate with whom he went to high school in the northwest suburbs of ChicagoEnid and Rebecca go to yard sales they go to coffee shops and restaurants they try on different costumes as they try to find a place to NOT fit in with the horrors of modern urban society The dialogue is spot on sometimes acid usually rude and crude though if you scratch just below the surface there is a kind of vulnerability even fragility there They are friends anti social as they seem They have as interesting a collection of acuaintances as exist in any teen novel The uiet Josh who they try to involve in going into a porn store budding actress Melorra Bob Skeetes the astronomer the morbidly hilarious John Ellis Johnny ApeshitThey seem a little post punk all these urban kids and if sometimes mean to others and each other they do seem to care about each other and they do want love The art is comics genius and has been recognized at recent years by the art world on a par with Chris Ware and Seth Closes was featured in a huge Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art MCA exhibit

  5. jo jo says:

    american representations of adolescents and post adolescents in films and books have always left me cold if not alienated why do i have so little in common with these kids? why was my life and the lives of the italian teens i currently know and follow so vastly different? i blame american culture of violence and vice for lack of a better world kids' need to find themselves in drunkenness and drugs when we had what? what did we have? what do the italian kids i know have? i think we had they have each other large groups of kids roaming the city in various combos girls boys girls and girls boys and boys i think we had mobility and cities designed for people not cars we had walking distance and we had public transportation also we had spaces public spaces outdoor spaces designed for hanging out in neighborhoods mainly in front of the church in the city lots of spaces plazas fountains pedestrian only streets small public gardens italy is lousy with public gardens unlike its neighbors to the north benches stones steps to buildings and monuments sidewalks there are people everywhere the city is inhabited when i see kids represented in american films and books i see a ton of emptiness kids hang out in commercial not public spaces because the concept of a well tended well protected accessible attractive public space is pretty much non existent in my university even the box office of the newly renewed footballbaseballwhatever stadium is named after a donor i honestly and sincerely anticipate that soon we'll have to preface a lecture with this class is brought to you by if you have nowhere to go and if you can't go there anyway because you have no transportation except your parents you hang out in malls diners ice cream parlors fast food joints bowling alleys or the back of your school the latter is maybe the best scenario i cannot imagine a childhood so starkly defined by commerce i know that kids everywhere breathe commerce but i cannot imagine a childhood so controlled by commerce that there are literally no spaces that are free of it so this book got me down during its first half i hate empty american cities big and small and kids lost in it i hated the terrible disaffection rage and plain nastiness of enid and rebecca i hate the heavily underscored lack of family life this eternal american parentlessness the trope of the absent parent independent as it is from the fact of the parent's physical existencebut then i started feeling tenderness for the two girls because of their tender love for each other their tip toeing around the conventions that allow its various modes of expression the light narrative touches that convey how straying from the rigid boundaries of these conventions becomes just too much a closing panel that simply says let go of my hand i also started feeling tenderness for the way in which the girls talk to each other through boys by talking about boys by passing boys from one to the other by obsessing over boys by despising ugly boys it's such a lonely and doomed love so unfree to blossom so constrained it breaks your heart and at the end of course it withers and dies not like a raisin in the sun but like a dream that was suashed from the start bleak man i blame this on suffocating locales sordid city aesthetics mangled architecture and a ton of institutionalized lonelinessi wish our cities our american cities the very best but i don't see how anything short of demolition and stark rebuilding will make them friendly to kids less conducive to such a powerful absorption of ugliness that life will be forever marked by it after finishing the book i slept and i dreamed as i heartbreakingly often do of century layered beautiful cities rambling living rooms for roamers chatters and lovers alike

  6. MissAnnThrope MissAnnThrope says:

    Remember those angry bitchy girls in high school who sat around judging people and talking smack behind everyone's back? Okay now imagine being locked in a box for an hour forced to listen to those jealous twits and you've got Ghost World in a nutshellI have been wanting to read Ghost World for ages I stumbled across a copy of it at the library so finally picked it up I think if I had originally read this a decade ago I might not have disliked the characters so much Maybe I wasn't in the right mood to be reading this at the present time but I felt impatient reading the whining of two bitter disenchanted teens I almost stopped reading a few pages in because of the incessant complaining However I'm glad that I continued reading because the characters become less annoying towards the end The attempts to be witty failed miserably Apparently I'm in the minority here since this is a cult classic with rave reviews I wouldn't advise reading this on a day you're plagued with ill humor You'll only want to chuck the book across the room

  7. Greta G Greta G says:

    I read this so called classic years ago and it felt like a culture clash To me it was obvious this wasn't written by a woman That's not the way girls talk and think at least not in my experience

  8. Fabian Fabian says:

    This is one GREAT companion piece to the motion picture Sure this one started it all but it is interesting to see where the screenwriter's words maintained such a close fidelity to Clowes's vision; keeping the same spirit of the book in the movie is a wonder to behold While the film seems incredibly depressing at times the comic manages to make you feel that there is no sadness in the Ghost World world only wackiness and teenage girl banter um Daria meets Pulp Fiction There was one particular gag about a girl diagnosed with cancer and the chance meeting between the heroines and the poor girl such low brow fare just made me cry with laughter something rare for any book to do Both girls arefeel like pariahs but they embrace it Here's something that my generation can really relate to especially once out facing up to the real world

  9. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    Ghost World is one of those books where I feel like the film adaptation was somehow a lot better The art in Ghost World is beautiful and memorable and I'll definitely give it two stars for that but it's extremely difficult to enjoy reading a book where you either feel like you want to strangle the characters or where you want to just give up on reading it entirely because you have such apathy towards itThe book follows Enid and her best friend Becky on the cusp of adulthood as they face their uncertain futures These two have always done everything together and their behaviour is well interesting shall we say they spend much of their time mocking the uirky figures of their American town and judging everybody around them This can at times be funny but mostly just comes off as shallow and cruel Enid in particular is one of those people who would get all up in your face even if you gave her a million dollars She is a pretentious conceited hipster who seems to feel that she is intelligent and perceptive than everyone around her even Becky The two friends begin to grow apart through growing up in a coming of age story that really reflects how maybe neither of them are truly ready to face the world after allHere's why the film version of Ghost World worked for me the character Seymour played by Steve Buscemi a socially awkward vinyl record collector and bachelor is a much prominent character with a much complex and developed story to him in the film and this character somehow compliments Enid's pretentiousness and angst Seymour is eccentric but also perceptive and kindhearted and his frustration with society comes less from pretentiousness and from having everybody finding him a dork due to his particular hobbies and interests In Enid's interactions with Seymour as the film goes on there are glimpses of her where she is likeable even admirable and where the pretentiousness really proves to just be a desperate coping strategy for growing up and not yet knowing how she wants to spend the rest of her life when everyone else around her already seems to Enid initially does something extremely mean to Seymour in the film but then gets to know him and she shows herself to genuinely care about him in spite of her often indifferent attitude Like Enid Seymour has little direction in life and is unsatisfied with anything thrown his way except for Enid The two become good friends and it makes for an impressive storyIn the book version there is no likeable character present at all or their presence in the story is so insignificant that as readers we never get to know them There is actual character growth for Enid and Becky in the film In the book I would describe it as of a short look into the lives of two unhappy girls who still want to be children rather than the adults they are and who haven't yet grown up beyond the days of schoolyard teasing and bullying I swear I go to university with a billion of 'em mostly handing out veganism pamphlets in their anarchy t shirts with their pink dyed pixie haircuts or reading classic novels they secretly hate just to be able to show off on the bus There is nothing to make Enid or Becky likeable or interesting characters in Ghost World beyond that their uncertainty evokes a kind of nostalgia for the days where it was okay to screw up and there would be no serious conseuences the days before adulthoodThere is some memorable dialogue in the book and again the illustrations are absolutely amazing but overall I just didn't like the characters I hated them and it's hard to like a story when you hate the characters

  10. Trish Trish says:

    In one of his interviews the great graphic novelist Craig Thompson cites Daniel Clowes as a must read graphic artist he admires I admire Thompson’s work so it makes sense I would seek out Clowes This graphic novel was made into a movie in 2001 starring Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson I haven’t seen that yet but it may well be the first sighting of Scarlett Johansson before big stardomA GR friend of mine wrote a deeply insightful meditation on the development of American cities in response to this work going big in the face of adolescent alienation As much as I enjoyed that piece the book made a different impression on me I’m going to go small this is a novel of ideas that happen internally and out of sight All we see is the petulance the ripple on the surface of a psycheA young thin blond girl and a much edgier dark haired friend who sports an aggressive haircut and heavy framed glasses are nearing the end of high school Contemplating their futures the dark haired girl wishes to become someone else “I totally hate myself” she cries late one night lying on the couch of a boy she’d just admitted she loved Poor guy At that age we are both afraid of and jealous of the complexities adults wrestle every day; we want to try out our problem handling skills to see if they can measure up We want the next thing to happen so that we are not merely sitting ducks when it does Desire for the world and fear of that same world mix unsteadily in our gut We’re not ready but when will we ever be?The ideas shown in this graphic novel struck me as completely within the range of normal adolescence angst disaffection confusion and fear about the world and one’s role in it We’re pretty obnoxious and self absorbed at that age as anyone with a teenager in the house will readily commiserate Clowes actually plays it so low key we are as bored and unimpressed with their lives as the characters are My favorite frame comes near the end when the dark haired girl is driving the hearse her father graciously bought for her to take to college Despite having a vehicle and a direction the girl says she is depressed “Everything is all the same no matter where you go” The Buddhists say it like this “Wherever you go there you are”The tricolor palette in this book works fine black and white with a green wash The pen drawings capture the sprawled leg teenager y postures the trying so hard to be cooler than thou clothing choices and the deliciously descriptive backgrounds absolutely fill in the picture I thought Clowes was brave to take on the challenge of depicting the mind of a teenaged girl but he caught that moment in the lifecycle of a female of the species perfectlyThis is another example if we needed one that the writing—including what isn’t said—is as important as the drawing in great graphic novels So many things have to come together to make a satisfying and lasting work I admire the heck out of artists working in this medium and encourage anyone who hasn’t picked up a graphic novel lately to try one It’s hard to read just one

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