Eightball is the spring from which flows the genius of Dan Clowes
. Most famously, the Ghost World
stories first appeared in Eightball, before being combined into a graphic novel
. Clowes' other triumphant Eightball characters include the Rat Pack wannabe private eye Lloyd Llewellyn
and ass aficianado David Boring
. The comic is published by Fantagraphics
Underground comics are a dime a dozen
, and any asshole with access to a Kinko's and a charge account
can make one. Eightball is better than all that shit - even, in some respects, better than the more well known names. Clowes has more depth than Robert Crumb
when he's deep, and more wit than the Hernandez brothers
when he's funny. The serious stories are what Optic Nerve
would be with better plots and without modelling its characters on the cast of MTV's Undressed
. The art can be a thousand shades between dreary and silly, though it's all the same hand.
It's one of the best underground comics
currently being produced, and you'd do well to find yourself an issue.