During the 2010 Alternative Press Expo (APE), award-winning comic creator Daniel Clowes was generous enough to sit for an on-camera interview to discuss his prolific and influential body of work in comics. Clowes discussed the modus operandi of his creative process and his personal growth as an artist working in both graphic novels, as well as a screenwriter. The artist is best known for the 1997 graphic novel, Ghost World published by Seattle’s Fantagraphics Books. During the interview, Clowes talked about his early exposure to comics and how he eventually made the transition from being a comics reader to becoming an established comic creator of original work. The misadventures of Ghost World‘s cynical duo of Enid Coleslaw and Rebecca Doppelmayer first appeared in issues #11 to #18 of Clowes’ darkly funny, existential-fuelled, alternative comic Eightball also published by Fantagraphics Books. The cartoonist eventually teamed up with film director Terry Zwigoff to co-write the screenplay for the 2001 screen adaptation of Ghost World, which garnered a Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. Clowes also wrote the screenplay for Oscar-winning writer-director Alexander Payne’s upcoming screen adaptation of the artist’s 2010 graphic novel Wilson published by Drawn & Quarterly. Clowes’ art is featured in the traveling exhibition, Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes, organized by the Oakland Museum of California (OMCA)and on view through August 12, 2012. This traveling retrospective will also makes stops at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Washington D.C’s Corcoran Gallery of Art, and Ohio’s Wexner Center for the Art in the near future. Published by Abrams ComicArts in 2012, the book The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist, edited by Alvin Buenavista, is the first monograph on this major artist’s art and career to date.

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