Prompted by the Daniel Clowes exhibition in Oakland and my local library putting together a non-teen graphic novel section,* I picked up a copy of Wilson during my last visit.

*The previous graphic novel section was in the teen section and consisted of manga serials with various volumes missing due to theft.

It’s fun. And it’s a very fast read—much faster than I’m used to reading a graphic novel.

If you like your books to have a likeable main character, you’ll want to stay away. But for the rest of us who have that little evil* voice in the back of our minds, it’s worth the read. I can definitely see how Alexander Payne got connected to the possible movie adaptation.

*Well, unfiltered, mean, and impatient—aka, the voice which has me scared of getting myself drunk.

From a craft point of view, I can’t think of a graphic novel where each chapter is drawn so differently. Each page changes style yet maintains the form of the entire piece in a way which feels completely natural. I know it’s not as casual and natural as it looks.

Not much more to write. I just wish I’d taken a picture of my son walking out of the children’s section of the library with this book in his arms.

Author: Nick Vossbrink

Blogging about Photography, Museums, Printing, and Baseball Cards from both Princeton New Jersey and the San Francisco Bay Area. On Twitter as @vossbrink, WordPress at njwv.wordpress.com, and the web at vossbrink.net

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