Tty large cast all of whom have their own individual dramas going on and every drama is given the same weight from the parents whose son has been missing for a week to the boy in love with his new stepsister It s not as linear a story as Ghost World but it s all interconnected making this one long comic strip narrative rather than a bunch of separate storiesI wouldn t be me if I didn t have one complaint and that s that Clowes lettering is so tiny and his comics so wordy that it can sometimes be difficult to decipher There was one panel I stared at for a long time trying to figure out why a woman responded to bad news by clutching her husband and crying oh my god tacos before realizing that the all capped TACOS was actually JACOB Only 88 pages and et captures the lives of ten anti HEROES IN THE UAINT HAMLET OF ICE HAVEN OH in the uaint hamlet of Ice Haven Oh in this short content contains possible murder throwbacks to Leopold and Loeb multiple narratives that twist and stumble over each other misanthropes misfits underachievers loners introverts oddballs and wandererspersonality traits of a trademark Daniel Clowes graphic novelAnd like every other Clowes graphic novel I relished every grotesue minute of it I highly recommend reading this one twice to really get into the depth of the mystery of this bizarre town and it s eccentric citizens I enjoyed this E
than Ghost World and much than Twentieth Century Eightball There was cohesion and meat to this story than the other two Ghost World and much than Twentieth Century Eightball There was cohesion and meat to this story than the other two Clowes that I have read The reader meets an array of characters from the city of Ice Haven and through their individual Sermons Not Spoken yet connected stories a crime is solved during the course of the book found this at a thrift store totally stoked to read iteah two dollars fifteen cents. Id Goldberg missing for than a week now The lives of the men and women of Ice Haven are woven into a multilayered 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. .
d ground the sad lives of mundane middle Americans although the Leopold and Loeb motif is a dark wrinkle I was most intrigued by the piece s formal elements the novel told in individual comic strips done in various styles that serve as homages to pastiches of other classic strips the Peanuts being one obvious example Think Thornton Wilder s Our Town as a comic Daniel Clowes s version of Winesburg Ohio features the dull Midwestopia Ice Haven and its many sad sad citizens The plot revolves around a kidnapped tyke a crime which may or may not have been inspired by a child abduction that ended in murder fifty ears before This slice of small town excitement serves as a shaggy impetus for letting the reader play voyeur in the lives of a lazy and untalented poet a bitter convenience store clerk an unhappily married pair of private eyes ie Nick and Nora minus the laughs a ground zero pubescent who lusts after his older step sister with Shakespearian gusto a droll comic book critic an unhappy teen who marries her out of town beau in secret and a neurotic twenty something who has ambitions of being the next big literary something just as soon as she can find someone who will actually read Any Of Her Self of her self zines Another fine comic from Clowes featuring his love for utilizing throwback comic techniues of decades before and his understanding of the human condition in all its hopelessness and awkwardness Co worker saw me reading this over lunch and commented oh some high level reading huh because it s got know pictures Never mind that it s actually written for adults making it maybe a higher level book than 80% of what I ve been reading anyway GrumbleBecause Dan Clowes is not an easy breezy read Ice Haven has a pre. Useam in the Ice Haven Daily Progress Among Wilder’s other fellow Ice Havians are the lovelorn Violet Vanderplazt and Vida Wentz; the adorable interracial moppets Carmichael and Paula; the Blue Bunny newly sprung from prison and the bitterest rabbit in town; and poor little Dav. O
ver a couple weeks in the summer of 2005 I1 uit my job2 Bought this book3 Went on vacation to the Jersey Shore with my friend4 Read this book on the beach enjoyed it5 Came home and returned this book to Barnes Noble because I was unemployed and needed the money backIt was kind of a great timeThe BN Lending I was unemployed and needed the money backIt was kind of a great timeThe BN Lending I called it It s okay because they re hardcoverThis was not the only time that I did such a thing and it s not that this is an ethically wonderful idea that I would recommend But if what Dancing with Fireflies (Chapel Springs,
you really feelou ve got to do is take that brand new book on vacation and ou ve got bigger problems no health insurance or credit card would say that well have a great time It s hardcover Presented as a series of Sunday comics style vignettes this interconnected story of kidnapping unreuited love art and the psycho sexual drama in Small Town America is WAY complex and thought provoking than its short 81 pages would lead ou to believe A dark portrait of suburban ennui that poses uestions than it answers while still feeling satisfying by the end It had me enraptured the entire time I don t think I have it in me to review anything by Daniel Clowes It s always a fabulous surreal and every other emotion experience to read his works The same goes for Ice Haven I liked it less than I did Ghost World or Death Ray but it has its distinct charms each so well put on paper that the reader can t help but be in awe of Clowes genius One uestion why is the font so small As many others have noted Clowes enters Sherwood Anderson territory here in this multi narrative exploration of the woebegone citizens of Ice Haven While there are some piercing moments here the last three pages in particular this is also pretty well travel. 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 na.
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