Daniel Clowes by Rutu Modan, Seth and Anders Nielsen
Daniel Clowes was profiled at the California Sunday Magazine.
I especially liked the ending:
Back when the artist attended Pratt, comics fans were geeks and losers, guys who lived in their moms’ basements and, once a year, trekked out to conventions. “Now people think of graphic novels as the vital art form I thought it was when I first started out,” Clowes says. It’s a good thing, mostly, but also a little bittersweet. With audiences flocking to superhero and sci-fi-themed movies in droves, comic geekdom has been co-opted by the masses. What was once a badge of nerdish honor is the new normal. All of us are comic geeks now — which means, in a way, that none of us are.
That's the tragedy of comics and that's the tragedy of comics criticism. Just when the art form was accepted by the mainstream culture, said acceptance means nothing. As for criticism, is there a need to even mention its corpse?