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Drawn & Quarterly to Print Dan Clowes’ Death Ray in HC

Daniel Clowes Eightball #23 Death ray Fantagraphics Drawn & Quarterly

Need a reason to be cheerful today?  Well, for me, it was D&Q’s announcement that they’re reprinting Mr. Clowes’ The Death-Ray (originally published as Eightball #23) in spiffy hardcover format.

Here’s the PR:

The Death-Ray is one of the most perfect and fully realized comics of the past decade and it is nothing short of the highest honour to publish,” said Chris Oliveros, Editor-In-Chief and Publisher of Drawn Quarterly. “The story of the alienated Andy is drawn and written to perfection with Dan’s signature subtle humour, stylistic eloquence, and understated social commentary–showcasing all of the hallmarks of why Dan is one of the preeminent cartoonists of the comics medium.”

The Death-Ray will be in stores as a hardcover graphic novel in Fall 2011. It is the story of the teen outcast Andy, an orphaned nobody with only one friend, the obnoxious-but-loyal Louie. They roam school halls and city streets, invisible to everyone but bullies and tormentors, until the glorious day when Andy takes his first puff on a cigarette. That night he wakes, heart pounding, soaked in sweat, and finds himself suddenly overcome with the peculiar notion that he can do anything. Indeed, he can and as he learns the extent of his new powers, he discovers a terrible and seductive gadget – a hideous compliment to his seething rage – that forever changes everything. The Death-Ray utilizes the classic staples of the superhero genre – origin, costume, ray-gun. sidekick, fight scene – reconfiguring them in a story that is anything but morally simplistic. With subtle comedy, deft mastery and an obvious affection for the bold Pop Art exuberance of comic book design, Daniel Clowes delivers a contemporary meditation on the the darkness of the human psyche.

Motion-picture rights to The Death-Ray are in development with Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite Productions, with noted director Chris Milk attached to direct.

Easily one of my favorite Clowes comics of all time, this news was a Death-Ray of sunshine on an otherwise cloudy day.

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Tronorail, Tronorail, Tronorail

lylelanleyWell, sir, there’s nothing on Earth
Like a genuine,

Greetings, Programs!  Personally, it’s been a tough week, so please forgive me my second Tron Legacy related post in four days.  Gotta go with what brought a smile to my face today.

First, the new teaser trailer for the film released earlier in the week.  It features Bruce “The Box” Boxleitner returning to the role of Alan Bradley/TRON, a return to Flynn’s Arcade, a classic Tron stand-up featuring the ENCOM logo, a Recognizer, Light Cycles, and Oscar-Winner Jeff Bridges as CLU (the purported villain of the film and CG-enhanced to look like Bridges ca.1990) and as Kevin Flynn ca.2011.

Let’s take a look:

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…And second, Disney World is emblazoning Epcot’s monorail with Light Cycles and jet walls.


“Is there a chance the track could bend?”

“Not on your life my Hindu friend!”


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