Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

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Goodreads Synopsis: 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-1990s, this quasi-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 more 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.

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Wow was I deceived by the cover for this comic! I’m glad I gave it a try but that’s time I’ll never get back.

The one good thing about this comic was the color palate, which were a unique shade of pale green.  Everything else about this comic was terrible. From the cover one would expect to see a similar art style to Chris Ware, but rather we find an obnoxiously ugly caricatures. I don’t think I would have minded this quite as much if I had known what I was getting into, but art is the main thing that draws me to a comic and so my hopes were unfairly broken.  Also I probably wouldn’t have minded the art quite as much if the story had been good.  Alas, that was also not the case.

Ghost Town‘s plot, if you could even call it that, is also obnoxious, ugly and if I’m being absolutely honest, stupid as well.  Supposedly this comic is satire. But that I think would be an insult to satire. This is the inane collection of what some random cis white dude thinks of teenage girls.  And you know what, I’m fucking tired of cis white men shitting on teenage girls. Leave them the fuck alone! They aren’t the punchline to your outdated joke.

In short. Please don’t waste your time on this. Please don’t waste your money on this. Please, please don’t support another white man trying to make ”social commentary” on teenage girls.  I gave this book 1 star on Goodreads, though it really doesn’t even deserve that.


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