12d79188-dd8a-4be7-8c82-4b09dcb2425fThe Beguiling and Toronto Public Library are proud to announce that they will host the kick-off for Daniel Clowes’ PATIENCE book tour, on Monday, February 29th, 2016, at Toronto Reference Library in the Bram and Bluma Appel Salon. The event will start at 7:00pm and last approximately 90 minutes.

Advance copies of PATIENCE will be made available for sale at this event (its official release date is not until March), and Clowes and Seth will both be signing for fans following the event.

If you would like a guaranteed ticket to the event, and a guaranteed copy of the new book, The Beguiling is currently selling VOUCHERS in store, good for one copy of the book and a ticket to the event, and redeemable at the event itself.

Further tickets will be made available via the Toronto Public Library website, some time in the new year.

Our thanks to Fantagraphics, Daniel Clowes, Seth, and Toronto Public Library for their support of this event.



Patience is the first all new, original graphic novel from Daniel Clowes (Ghost World) in over a half-decade, and also the biggest and most ambitious book yet in a storied career that includes multiple Eisner and Harvey Awards, a PEN Award, and an Academy Award nomination.

Patience is an indescribable psychedelic science-fiction love story, veering with uncanny precision from violent destruction to deeply personal tenderness in a way that is both quintessentially “Clowesian,” and utterly unique in the author’s body of work. This 180-page, full-color story affords Clowes the opportunity to draw some of the most exuberant and breathtaking pages of his life, and to tell his most suspenseful, surprising and affecting story yet.


Daniel Clowes was born in Chicago, Il. on April 14, 1961. He attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY from which he graduated with a BFA degree in 1984.

He began his career as an “alternative” or “underground” cartoonist in 1985 with the short-lived comic book series Lloyd Llewellyn, a feature loosely based around the adventures of a private detective which, in its gleeful embrace of the detritus of post-war pop culture (1950s science fiction, bad detective fiction, Russ Meyer movies, EC comics, etc) predated many of the popular art trends of subsequent decades. He ended the series in 1987, anxious to move forward with different types of storytelling.

In 1989, he created the seminal comic book series, Eightball, which has since housed almost his entire body of work. Eightball’s consistent evolution has been remarkable, continually setting new standards for comic art for 17 years. The first among many stories to gain notice were the darkly comic Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, and his savage take on the comics industry, Pussey!. These were followed in the mid-90s by the breakthrough hit Ghost World, the dark, complex magnum opus, David Boring, and an acclaimed short story collection, CaricatureEightball has earned the artist a large following and amassed multiple Harvey, Eisner and Ignatz Comics Awards (the Oscars, Golden Globes, and ISP awards of the comics industry), more than any other cartoonist during the past 20 years. His most recent issue of Eightball features The Death Ray, a dazzling tale of deranged teen superheroics, and stands among the very best work of his career, as he continues to expand in both form and content the parameters of his comic book universe.

In 2001, the adaptation of his graphic novel Ghost World, based on a script by Clowes and director Terry Zwigoff, was released to great acclaim, earning an Academy Award nomination for Best Adapted Screenplay and winning the Independent Sprit award, among many others. Their second collaboration, Art School Confidential, written by Clowes and starring John Malkovich and Jim Broadbent, was released in 2006.

Clowes was the first cartoonist to be selected for Esquire’s annual fiction issue in 1998. In 1995 he created the much-praised animated video for the Ramones’ “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up.” He designed the packaging for Coca-Cola’s OK Soda, and created the poster illustration for Todd Solondz’s Happiness. His work has appeared in The New Yorker,TimeNewsweek and many other magazines.

He lives in Oakland, California with his wife Erika and son Charles, and their beagle Ella. His most recent books are Ice Haven (Pantheon), Wilson (Drawn & Quarterly), Mister Wonderful (Pantheon), which compiles his 20-episode strip in the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and The Death Ray (Drawn & Quarterly), which reprints the story from Eightball#23 in hardcover format.

In 2011 Clowes received the PEN Literary Award for Graphic Literature.