Cartoonist Daniel Clowes continues his media rounds in his local paper:
Clowes, an illustrator for the “New Yorker,” is traditional in other ways, too. At a time when print is down and young cartoonists are turning to the Web, Clowes still draws everything by hand — “I’ll never type in a url to look at comics,” he says — and he was so shaken when Cody’s Books closed in Berkeley that he relates it to how a Catholic would feel if the only church in town shut its doors.
“That (book store) was the focal point of my life,” Clowes says. Like many of his characters, Clowes spends his time in local spots. He wrote and drew “Mister Wonderful,” the New York Times comic strip, at Posh Bagel on Piedmont Avenue. Most of “Wilson” came to life at Jennie’s Cafe on Grand Avenue.
D&Q’s Peggy Burns notes that this story got excellent play on the front cover of the Oakland Tribune.
And for added measure the front page had one of those great “Obama Feigning Interest in Mundane Things” photos!
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.