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  • Published: 17 October 2023
  • ISBN: 9781787334861
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $49.99

Monica

‘A master. An auteur. Period’ Guillermo del Toro



This is Monica, one ordinary woman’s extraordinary journey through the history of comics – from the creator of Ghost World

This is Monica, one ordinary woman’s extraordinary journey through the history of comics – from the creator of Ghost World

***AN OBSERVER BOOK OF THE YEAR 2023***

'Pitch-perfect... Could not put it down'
OBSERVER

'In Monica, Clowes reaches a new artistic peak'
VANITY FAIR

A dazzling, spectacular tapestry of interconnected narratives that together tell a life story, Monica is the new graphic novel from one of the most iconic storytellers of all time. This eponymous protagonist is a rag-to-riches character who, after being abandoned by her freewheelin' parents in childhood, succeeds in clawing her way to the top - only to lose it all in a stroke of bad luck. She lives out the rest of her days in search of her parents, encountering a cast of eccentric characters who help to piece together her story.

This graphic novel extravaganza is an unforgettable ode to the many genres that have defined the comics form - from war, romance and horror to crime and the supernatural. Mysterious, uncategorisable and quintessentially Clowesian, here is a multi-layered masterpiece born of a lifetime of inspiration. Monica marks the creative apex of Daniel Clowes' distinguished career, one of the defining voices of the graphic novel boom over the past quarter-century.

  • Published: 17 October 2023
  • ISBN: 9781787334861
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $49.99

About the author

Daniel Clowes

Daniel Clowes was born in 1961. He is the creator of the comic books Eightball, Ghost World, which was made into a film by the director Terry Zwigoff, David Boring, and Ice Haven. His adaptation of his own Ghost World graphic novel for the screen earned him an Oscar nomination. A regular contributor to the New Yorker, McSweeney’s, and The Best American Comics, he lives in California with his wife.

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Praise for Monica

The rare cartoonist whose graphic novels become cultural events

New York Magazine

No cartoonist alive devotes as much effort as Daniel Clowes to mapping the differences between the way people see themselves and the way they really are

Guardian

A master. Perfect fusion of story and art. Clowes is an auteur. Period. A superb narrator

Guillermo del Toro, creator of The Shape of Water

One of the most notable comic artists of our era, a pillar of the '80s-'90s scene who's continued to do great work up to the present day

NPR

Clowes delights in confounding expectations

SFX

A thrilling kaleidoscopic journey… Fans will need little excuse to fling themselves into this genre-hopping work. But casual readers shouldn’t fret. Monica’s story, despite being told in themed fragments, with gaps that sometimes stretch for decades, is full of drama... A rich, clever work

Guardian

This strange and gripping book is often frightening and sometimes deeply sad. But it’s also wickedly funny at times… A series of pitch-perfect portraits… I could not put it down

Observer

Clowes has long been considered one of the finest cartoonists of his generation.... But in Monica, he reaches a new artistic peak... Each section has a beautifully rendered drawing - whether it be a soldier lighting a cigarette or Monica wiping the steam from a bathroom mirror - that can be held up among the best of his career

Vanity Fair

It is precisely Clowes’s lower-frequency sensitivities toward the suffering of his characters that power what many consider his greatest works - Ghost World, for one - and elevate his latest graphic novel, Monica, to the status of a masterpiece

Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Novel

Clowes' stories demand real attachment, and the more time I spent with Monica, the more I felt moved by the emotional ambition of its decades-long narrative

Atlantic

I can think of few other artists in the medium who marry their style so perfectly to their subject matter... Clowes is going from strength to strength

Prospect

In classic fashion, Clowes offers another devastating, surreal examination of human nature... A hauntingly precise and compellingly strange study of the human struggle to reconcile a decentered past with a path forward

Booklist

A new Daniel Clowes release is always a cause for celebration - and with Monica, it’s another career highlight

NYLON

A new book by Clowes is always eagerly anticipated... Monica didn’t disappoint… He gives us our own times magnificently disguised as a gorgeous-looking period piece

Observer, *Books of the Year*

The year’s most eagerly awaited work... A book that’s philosophical as well as playful, and one of his best

Guardian, *Best Graphic Novels of the Year*