SF Gate reviews WILSON

'Wilson,' by Daniel Clowes

SF Gate    |    John McMurtrie    |    May 2, 2010

Misanthropy is nothing new for Daniel Clowes - witness the casts of enormously appealing negativists in "Ghost World" and "Art School Confidential" - but the Oakland cartoonist delivers what may be his most fully fleshed portrait of human solitude, mixed with biting humor, in his new graphic novel "Wilson". The story, set in a drab and nail-salon-rich Oakland, follows an embittered hermit whose life is altered by unexpected family drama (we won't spoil it for you). The panels are drawn in a variety of linear styles, all in Clowes' distinctive muted colors. Deceptively simple yet always poignant, the images never fail to captivate, pulling us into a world in which we glimpse the starkness and beauty of everyday life.

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