The 365 Day Graphic Novel Challenge


Writer & Artist: Daniel Clowes

Pantheon, 2011

Daniel_Clowes_-_Mister_Wonderful_coverI had to take a break from the Cthulhu comics.  The madness was not coming from the concepts but the overwhelming monotony of it all.

So what better phase shift than Daniel Clowes?

MISTER WONDERFUL is a story about a blind date and the aftermath.  It is told virtually completely through the interior monologue of Marshall who has been set up on a blind date by a married couple he knows.  It begins with Marshall sitting in a coffee shop, waiting for his date to arrive, and scoping out many of the people around him including hoping that some are not his prospective date.

Once his date does arrive, the evening gets off to a painful start as Marshall examines everything he says and focuses so much on trying to make a good impression that he nearly bungles it.  What happens…

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About Sam Gafford
My name is Sam Gafford and I've been doing critical work on William Hope Hodgson for many years. I wrote the article "Writing Backwards: The Novels of William Hope Hodgson" in which I presented evidence that WHH wrote his novels in the reverse order in which they were published. I've recently written an article on Hodgson's confrontation with Houdini and am currently working on a book length study of WHH.

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