Daniel Clowes is a cartoonist, illustrator, graphic novelist, and screenwriter. Recently in interviews Clowes has said that he has lived in Oakland for nearly twenty years. He currently resides here with his family. Clowes graduated from the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in 1979 and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Pratt Institute in 1984.

Clowes began his career as a cartoonist in 1985 with a comic book series called Lloyd Llewellyn. In 1989, he created the comic book series Eightball, a comic book series that has been among the best-selling series in alternative comics and one significant launch in his career. These successes were followed in the mid-1990s by the creation of Ghost World, a graphic novel that was later adapted into a film. Clowes co-wrote the screenplay and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay. His work has been featured in The New Yorker, Time, Newsweek, and other venues.


  • A haunt of Clowes’s is the Oakland Museum of California (1000 Oak Street, Oakland, CA 94607), where Clowes has been exhibited.
  • Downtown Oakland is featured in many of Clowes’s comics, and he often speaks to the changing nature of Oakland.

~ by Michal Jones ~

External Links:

Daniel Clowes’s official Twitter page: https://twitter.com/danielclowes

Scholarly article: The Creative Process of Daniel Clowes

Video: The Legendary Cartoonist Changing the Face of Comics






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