Mister Wonderful by Daniel Clowes
A Love Story

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The fan-favorite Eisner Award-winning story, originally seri­alized in The New York Times Magazine, now collected and with forty pages of new material.
 
Meet Marshall. Sitting alone in the local coffee place. He’s been set up by his friend Tim on a blind date with someone named Natalie, and now he’s just feeling set up. She’s nine minutes late and counting. Who was he kidding anyway? Divorced, middle-aged, newly unem­ployed, with next to no prospects, Marshall isn’t ex­actly what you’d call a catch. Twenty minutes pass.
A half hour. Marshall orders a scotch. (He wasn’t going to drink!) Forty minutes.
 
Then, after nearly an hour, when he’s long since given up hope, Natalie appears—breathless, apologiz­ing profusely that she went to the wrong place. She takes a seat, to Marshall’s utter amazement.
 
She’s too good to be true: attractive, young, intel­ligent, and she seems to be seriously engaged with what Marshall has to say. There has to be a catch.
 
And, of course, there is.
 
During the extremely long night that follows, Marshall and Natalie are emotionally tested in ways that two people who just met really should not be. Not, at least, if they want the prospect of a second date.
 
A captivating, bittersweet, and hilarious look at the potential for human connection in an increasingly hopeless world, Mister Wonderful more than lives up to its name.
 

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 April 12, 2011 by Pantheon. 80 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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When Natalie belatedly shows, his interior monologue gives way to dialogue, as Clowes artfully conveys what they’re thinking and hearing (or think they’re hearing) as they’re talking.

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Mister Wonderful by Daniel Clowes Buy it from the Guardian bookshop Search the Guardian bookshop "I see you're wearing a $90,000 watch," fumes Marshall from the ope...

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Publishers Weekly

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Expanded from a serial that ran in the New York Times Magazine, this is a gorgeously staged graphic novella consistently playful and funny on a formal level—there's a running joke involving Marshall's interior monologue covering up images or dialogue, and constant fantasy sequences signaled by ...

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Portland Book Review

She is already late, and he begins berating himself for being too old, too flawed, too poor…this is the reader’s introduction to Marshall, the narrator and main character of Daniel Clowes’ graphic novel Mister Wonderful.

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Artswrap

Friendship, trust and betrayal combine to form a dangerous liaison in this moving and frightening new book from Chris Priestley.

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Graphic Novel Reporter

His new work, Mister Wonderful, takes place over roughly a 12-hour period, in which our narrator and protagonist, a middle-aged man named Marshall, goes on a blind date with a woman named Natalie.

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Comic Book Resources

The book began life as a weekly strip in The New York Times Magazine‘s “Funny Pages” section before Clowes reformatted, edited, and expanded it for its new incarnation from his frequent publisher Pantheon.

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Now slightly expanded, the tale stays within the same constraints: All its events transpire in less than 24 hours (with a few flashbacks tossed in) as a pair of awkward adults meet for the first time.

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