An excerpt from “Widening Horizon” by Matt Sheean and I. The whole story is in the first issue of NOW from Fantagraphics, which just hit stores. It includes new work from a bunch of great cartoonists, including Gabrielle Bell, Sammy Harkham, Antoine Cossé, Eleanor Davis, and Noah Van Sciver.
The cover for The Peace and The Panic, anew record by the band Neck Deep, has been making its
way ‘round the internet:
Some folks wonder if the illustration is by
Daniel Clowes, while others call it out as a knockoff, as, in their words, “Fake Clowes” and the work of a “blatantly shitty ripoff artist.” A few have noted its heavy debt to late-1980s Clowes on the left and late-’80s
Charles Burns on the right, with a very Clowesian backward-facing man (a figure the artist has drawn dozens, perhaps hundreds, of times) in the center. Here’s a detail from the record cover followed by one from a 1988 Clowes comic:
The cover followed by a panel from Clowes’s Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron (1993):
The Neck Deep cover
art is by Ryan Besch. For your consideration of what’s known as “the problematics of influence,” here is some of his recent art side-by-side with Clowes’s work, from 1990-96.
Besch’s Weird Sin followed by Clowes’s Misfit Lit cover (1991) and a panel from Clowes’s comic Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron (1993):
A detail from the Besch cover followed by Clowes:
Besch followed by two images of a familiar Clowes type c.1987-1996, the “tough woman looking over shoulder at viewer” (Eightball #13 cover, 1994; Orgy Bound title page, 1996):
The same image followed by a detail from Clowes’s “Ink Studs” (Eightball #9, 1992) with the Clowes panel flipped:
Besch’s “Life Form”:
A detail from Clowes’s Misfit Lit cover followed by part of the above image:
A detail from Clowes’s Eightball #9 cover (1992) followed by a detail from ”Life Form”: