Daniel Clowes is a Chicago born cartoonist best known for his works Eightball, Ghost World and Wilson. A major retrospective of his work debuted at the Oakland Museum of California in 2012 and continues on in an expanded version at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.
Throughout the exhibit, several comics and graphic novels by Clowes were available for visitors to read. The Death Ray was one of my favorites.
I am a HUGE comic book (I grew up on The X-Men) and graphic novel fan. It was so cool to see the kind of hard work that goes into creating these works of art. It’s not as simple as drawing cute and funny characters, there’s a complex process to it. The amount of detailing that goes into these storyboards is almost the equivalent of a movie or television storyboard.
Another amazing exhibit at the Contemporary Art Museum was Homebodies. Homebodies presents work by contemporary artists who examine the space of the home, both literally and metaphorically.
It’s crazy to see how people take such some layouts & spaces and decorate them so beautifully. It’s also crazy to like about how they are able to survive in such close quarters. There was a “mini house” visitors got to walk through that literally took 5 seconds to go through. The fact that some people are subject to live in these conditions is quite alarming.