Book cover with 3 boxed illustrations. Top box is a blue and white close up portrait of a girl with glasses. Middle vertical rectangle has drawing of a blonde girl blowing a bubble. Bottom left box shows a pink and black urban street. "Ghost World" is written in thin stylized font in the middle.
Page example of black and white comic panels with mint green color accents. Accompanying story is featured in talking bubbles.

Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

Regular price $ 14.99

Softcover, 80 pages, two colors, measures 6.7 x 10 inches.

Ghost World has become a cultural and generational touchstone, and continues to enthrall and inspire readers over a decade after its original release as a graphic novel. Originally serialized in the pages of the seminal comic book Eightball throughout the mid-1990s, this quasi-autobiographical story (the name of one of the protagonists is famously an anagram of the author's name) follows the adventures of two teenage girls, Enid and Becky, two best friends facing the prospect of growing up, and more importantly, apart.

Dan Clowes described the story in Ghost World as the examination of "the lives of two recent high school graduates from the advantaged perch of a constant and (mostly) undetectable eavesdropper, with the shaky detachment of a scientist who has grown fond of the prize microbes in his petri dish." From this perch comes a revelation about adolescence that is both subtle and coolly beautiful. Critics have pointed out Clowes's cynicism and vicious social commentary, but if you concentrate on those aspects, you'll miss the exquisite whole that Clowes has captured. Each chapter ends with melancholia that builds towards the amazing, detached, ghostlike ending.