The Oakland Museum of California presents an engaging conversation with two of the world's most respected graphic novelists, Daniel Clowes and Chris Ware, on Friday, July 27, from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in OMCA's James Moore Theater.
Moderated by OMCA Senior Curator of Art René de Guzman and joined by Susan Miller, guest curator of Modern Cartoonist: The Art of Daniel Clowes, the discussion will explore Clowes' and Ware's perspectives on the state of comics today, the relationship of comics to fine art, the power of hand-drawn images in the digital age, and their individual careers, among other topics.
Based in Oakland, Daniel Clowes is internationally acclaimed for award-winning comics, graphic novels, and screenplays. With nearly 50 publications in multiple reprints and editions in ten languages, Clowes is credited as the cartoonist most responsible for developing the graphic novel into a credible literary and fine art form. The film version of Ghost World (2001), directed by Terry Zwigoff, earned Clowes an Academy Award nomination for the screenplay.
Chris Ware is one of today’s most renowned comic book artists and cartoonists, combining experimental narrative, hand lettering, graphic design, and comic book illustration. His numerous awards include the National Cartoonists Society's Award for Best Comic Book, multiple Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, and the 2001 Guardian First Book Award. Ware was the first comics artist ever invited to exhibit at the Whitney Museum of American Art’s biennial exhibition. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and at the University of Nebraska’s Sheldon Museum of Art.
Tickets for the panel discussion are included with Museum admission. Seating in OMCA's James Moore Theater is limited, and is available on a first-come, first served basis the day of the event. We encourage you to come early to stand in line. Doors open at 6:30 pm.