Daniel Clowes

Daniel Clowes (2016) - Rik RawlingI’ve drawn Daniel Clowes before, but felt I could do a better job. Decide for yourselves if I did. Clowes is one of my favourite comix artists, whose progress I’ve followed since the early 90’s when I was still trying to make my own way into the industry. Back then, around 94-95, Clowes’ Eightball series was just getting attention, and it really made me look at my own work which I’d started to feel vaguely dissatisfied with. My stuff was all surface flash, clearly influenced by action films, rock bands and raging hormones, whereas Clowes was bringing his twisted visions up from the very bottom of a deep well of bile and spewing them out with an pop culture saturated aesthetic that was all his own. I wanted to do that as well, but I had gone so far down a certain road I lacked the confidence to make a sudden u-turn, and in the end just gave up on drawing and writing comix altogether. I rarely read them now, but I still monitor what Clowes is up to, as it’s always interesting.

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