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He's kind of reminscent of a lanky Lurch, really. Posted on 04/09/2002.

So, a couple of months ago I moved to Oakland, and yesterday I had my first celebrity sighting!. Though, a celebrity that I, and maybe 50 other people would recognize on the street.

As I'm walking down Piedmont Ave., running errands, I espy a lanky, balding, downcast man ambling towards me. Almost immediately, I recognize the personage: Dan Clowes!

The funny thing is, he looks creepier in person

(For those who don't know, Dan writes the best comix out there.)

I knew he lived in the neighborhood, so I wasn't terribly surprised. I suspect he's not used to being recognized, and when, after we passed, I looked back, I saw him looking back, too, and I thought he might have wondered if he'd been "noticed".

Anyway, it all seemed oddly typical that this was my first brush with Oakland greatness.

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When I finally caught GHOST WORLD on DVD a couple of months ago it became my favorite flick of 2001. I had never heard of the comic book and I still haven't seen it so I'm wondering about what might be comparisons between the two.
Posted by BJMe @ 04/10/2002 08:30 AM PST [link to this comment]

It's been a while since I read the graphic novel, so the comparison will be a little fuzzy.

The graphic novel is actually a collection of vignettes from Eightball, Dan's comic book. As such, GHOST WORLD in print doesn't really have the story arc that you see on the film--it's more a collection of happenings.

The main story difference between the two entities is the record collector--he doesn't exist in the book. By most accounts, the record collector is a stand in for Terry Zwigoff, the director and co-writer. For the movie, he provides an anchor around which a plot can unfold. Also, the comic is all about the friendship between the two girls.

A difference that I thought was key is that Enid in the comic book is quite homely, whereas Thora Birch, playing Enid in the movie, is beautiful. I found the comic book Enid more poignant, as part of her motivation is overcoming appearance.
Posted by peterme @ 04/11/2002 07:57 AM PST [link to this comment]

Maybe, Peter, Dan looked back not because he thought we was spotted, but because he himself had spotted a celebrity.

I bet he looked back becaue he was thinking - "Isn't that Peterme? I am not sure because he is not wearing a Krispy Kreme t-shirt."
Posted by Keith Instone @ 04/11/2002 09:48 AM PST [link to this comment]

Love 8-ball, loved the movie -- especially the lack of background music. Maybe Clowes wanted to get a better look to make sure he remembered you. I wonder what kind of creep he will draw you as... ;-)
Posted by bk @ 04/11/2002 12:15 PM PST [link to this comment]

Ohmygod. Okay, so I'm walking through Penn Station Baltimore yesterday, and who's sitting there waiting for a train but. . . Philip Seymour Hoffman!. . . who starred in Happiness!. . . the poster art for which was done by. . . Dan Clowes!!! Am I the only one getting chills here?
Posted by dave @ 04/11/2002 01:19 PM PST [link to this comment]

dude! we're, like, cosmic brothers!
Posted by peterme @ 04/11/2002 03:56 PM PST [link to this comment]

I remember reading an article that compared Seymour's "dogmatic aesthetic" to Crumb's, but I can't find the link. Oh well.

Anyway, the best character in Ghost World by far was Doug.
Posted by Gene @ 04/11/2002 07:15 PM PST [link to this comment]

met dan clowes at a book signing. He's funny as hell. You should have accosted him.
dr. skritch
Posted by dr. skritch @ 10/19/2002 09:49 PM PST [link to this comment]

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