Ghost World

series: Ghost World
publisher: Fantagraphics
publish date:
language: English
pages: 80:

Ghost World has become a cultural and generational touchstone, and continues to enthrall and inspire readers over a decade after its original release as a graphic novel. Originally serialized in the pages of the seminal comic book Eightball throughout the mid-1990s, this quasi-autobiographical story (the name of one of the protagonists is famously an anagram of the author's name) follows the adventures of two teenage girls, Enid and Becky, two best friends facing the prospect of growing up, and more importantly, apart. Daniel Clowes is one of the most respected cartoonists of his generation, and Ghost World is his magnum opus. Adapted into a major motion picture directed by Terry Zwigoff (director of the acclaimed documentary Crumb), which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. This graphic novel is a must for any self-respecting comics fan's library.

1998 Ignatz Award Winner, Outstanding Graphic Novel or Collection

Ranked #6, "The 20 Best Graphic Novels of the Decade," Paste Magazine (2009)

Ranked #10, "The 25 Greatest Gen X Books of All Time," Details (2009)

"I think Ghost World is astonishing... I think it's one of the best books about adolescence written." – Michael Chabon

"Dan Clowes is a master storyteller and artist — there's poetry in every panel." – Dave Eggers

"If there was ever a comic book story meant to be examined by non-comics fans, it's this, a classic in any medium." – The Onion

"[Clowes] spells out the realities of teen angst as powerfully and authentically as salinger did in The Catcher in the Rye for an eariler generation." – The Village Voice

"The most readable comic of the year." – Time Magazine's "Best of 2000"

"I really identified with the girls in Ghost World. They made me feel like I wasn't so alone." – Lisa Simpson, The Simpsons

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