Michael Chabon

'Wilson's' Daniel Clowes, patron saint of misfits and curmudgeons

'Wilson's' Daniel Clowes, patron saint of misfits and curmudgeons

The graphic novelist Daniel Clowes was in the landmark Strand bookstore on a recent weekday, browsing the section of his chosen profession.

“Let me see if my signature is in here,” he said, flipping open a hardback copy of his time-travel romance “Patience.” “Oh, good,” he said upon seeing a clean title page. “I haven’t signed books here in a long time. If you see a signature it means the book has really been lying around.”

Not lying around is Clowes himself. Thirty years into an iconoclastic career, he could easily give his pen a rest. Instead he has continued drawing and scribbling.

Clowes released “Patience,” his longest book, last year, and is now working on the...

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