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Daniel Clowes reflects on his 'Eightball' comics' evolution
Daniel Clowes reflects on his 'Eightball' comics' evolution

When the first issue of Daniel Clowes' comic book "Eightball" was published in October 1989, Fantagraphics Books printed 3,000 copies, and Clowes was sure it would take about five years to sell them all. He was part of a small wave of upstart young cartoonists pumping out strange little humor pieces for a handful of adults-only anthologies. At the time, the larger popular culture was barely paying serious attention to any comics, let alone to work like his, pitched partway between high art, punk rock and MAD magazine. Then the 1990s happened. By 1997, when the 18th issue of "Eightball" came out, Clowes estimates his circulation was around 25,000. The rise of...

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