“For the love of Christ, don’t you ever shut up?”
Such are Wilson’s closing remarks in “Fellowship,” the first of Daniel Clowes’ sequential-existential one-page gag strips found in Wilson (Drawn & Quarterly, 2010). Taken collectively, these 77 cartoons amount to Clowes’ first self-avowed “original graphic novel.” This, in spite of Clowes’ previously serialized works having been republished in bound editions, including $@&!: The Official Lloyd Llewellyn Collection (Fantagraphics, 1997), Ice Haven (Pantheon, 2005), David Boring (Pantheon, 2000) and Ghost World (Fantagraphics, 1997), all of which initially appeared in Eightball.
As for Wilson, I was hooked on page one.
The back cover of Wilson describes our protagonist as “…a big hearted slob, a lonesome bachelor, a devoted father and husband, an idiot, a sociopath, a delusional blowhard, a delicate flower, and 100% wilsonesque.” In essence, the beauty of Wilson is that contradictions abound. And in that very encapsulation, Wilson is the penultimate human being. Continue reading ‘Wilson: Drama, Pathos, Irony, Etc.’