Ice Haven by Daniel Clowes

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At long last: Daniel Clowes is back at Pantheon, with a brilliant new graphic novel already hailed by Time as “another of his hilariously slightly off-center worlds that have a vague sense of dread about them. Kind of like where you live.”

Welcome to Ice Haven! “It’s not as cold here as it sounds,” declares Random Wilder, our reluctant guide to this sleepy Midwestern town. He’s also its would-be poet laureate. Would-be, that is, were it not for the "Florid banalities” of his archrival, Ida Wentz, published ad nauseam in the Ice Haven Daily Progress. Among Wilder’s other fellow Ice Havians are the lovelorn Violet Van der Plazt and Vida Wentz; the detective team of Mr. and Mrs. Ames; the adorable interracial moppets Carmichael and Paula; disaffected stationery salesgirl Julie Patheticstein; the Blue Bunny, newly sprung from prison and the bitterest rabbit in town; and poor little David Goldberg, missing for more than a week now…

While Dan Clowes has gotten a nod from the mainstream — an Oscar nomination for the screen adaptation of Ghost World - his work remains wonderfully idiosyncratic and imaginative. The lives of the men and women of Ice Haven are woven into a multi-layered tale that, while it owes a debt to Our Town, is ultimately based on and inspired by… Leopold and Loeb. No kidding.

Only Daniel Clowes could do it and, luckily for us, he has.

About Daniel Clowes

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DANIEL CLOWES is the author of the seminal comic book series Eightball, the screenwriter of Ghost World and Art School Confidential, and an illustrator for The New Yorker.He is married and lives in Oakland, California.
Published June 7, 2005 by Pantheon. 88 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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Clowes (Ghost World ) casts a harsh spotlight on the misfit dreamers who inhabit the small town of Ice Haven in this riveting graphic novel.

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Entertainment Weekly

This ''narraglyphic picto-assemblage,'' Ice Haven, is inspired by the true story of child murderers Leopold and Loeb, but it also owes a debt to detective novels, neo-tech philosophy, Charlie Brown, creative-writing workshops, reality TV, and Daniel Clowes' own canon of lonely misfits.

Jun 08 2005 | Read Full Review of Ice Haven

Bookmarks Magazine

Laurel Maury Time 3.5 of 5 Stars "Bruisingly satiric and brilliantly designed, Ice Haven will have you gleefully reading it two or three times in a row to unlock its complex interconnections."

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While these characters have their own stories in Ice Haven, they are all loosely interconnected, sort of just like a regular book, by one event: the disappearance of David Goldberg.

Sep 01 2005 | Read Full Review of Ice Haven

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Broken Frontier

The original Ice Haven story is intact in the new edition, with some minor adjustments made specifically for the new release as well as many pages of new material.

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