Special Collections Research Center

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The Special Collections Research Center is home to the University of Chicago Library's rare books, archives, and manuscript collections.  Special Collections is a vibrant, interactive place to conduct research, engage in classes using original sources, and view changing exhibitions.


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Integrity of the Page Gallery Installation

Integrity of the Page: The Creative Process of Daniel Clowes

Special Collections Research Center Exhibition Gallery
March 28 - June 17, 2016

Daniel Clowes is a highly regarded cartoonist, comic book artist, and screenwriter. He is best known for his Eightball comic book series (1989-2004), Ghost World (1997), Ice Haven (2005), Wilson (2010), Mister Wonderful (2011), and The Death-Ray (2011). In 2001, Ghost World became the basis for a film of the same name. Despite modern proliferation of computer software for artists and designers, Clowes remains dedicated to simple paper, pencil, and ink – to the "integrity of the page." The physicality of his craft is a vital component to Clowes' artistic vision and creative process. In 2015, the Special Collections Research Center acquired the Clowes papers, which include notes, outlines, narrative drafts, character sketches, draft layouts, and more for Ice Haven, Mister Wonderful, and The Death-Ray. The exhibition pieces together this material, tracing the evolution of Clowes' artistic process from conception to production to publication. In an age when composition often occurs on the computer, and one draft is overwritten by the next, "Integrity of the Page" is a rare, tangible look at every step in a working artist's creative process.