Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron by Daniel Clowes

First serialized in Eightball #1-10, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron is one of Daniel Clowes' earlier collections, and one of my favorites of his. After seeing a bizarre film of the same title as this book, the protagonist, Clay, goes on an equally bizarre quest seeking more information about said film. With elements of 50s noir, as well as the surreal and grotesque, the result makes for some uncomfortable—sometimes downright disgusting—moments, but overall it's a really compelling read. In fact, just flipping through the pages makes me want to read the whole thing again.

This dog reminds me of something out of Dr. Seuss. Only sadder.

And here's Tina, another one of the characters Clay meets in his travels. There's a scene later on in the book that might make the faint of heart puke. Poor Tina.

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