The woman on the cover of the 1963 album Organ Moods was possibly used as a reference by Clowes for the cover of the Misfit Lit exhibition catalogue (1991). It’s a generic pose, with some differences, so I wouldn’t say it’s a 100% certainty but when I saw the record my mind immediately felt like I’d seen it in Clowes’ work somewhere before.

I thought I’d made a new discovery with this, I was very pleased with myself, but with a little more searching I found people had already made the connection three years earlier, with some discussion coming up after cartoonist Jim Blanchard posted the cover on Flickr:

For a little more about this album, including a sample track, see here:

On the board for the 1994 game Boredom, created by Daniel Clowes, you see a TV bearing the image of Atom Ant, a Hanna-Barbera character from the 1960s. The cover art for the game also features a TV displaying an image of Huckleberry Hound, another Hanna-Barbera creation.

To see more pictures of Boredom, go here:

The cover for Eightball #14 features an image that appears to be drawn from the cover of Work Hard and You Shall be Rewarded: Urban Folklore from the Paperwork Empire, a humor book first published in the 1970s. A preview of the book can be seen here on Google Books.

Thanks to Gonked, Glooked & Slurped! for this information. Check out their blog, which includes many Clowes-related items and other things in a similar vein, here:

They also have an Etsy, selling hand-made items, which you can find here:

And for an overview of their Clowes collection, which includes many rare items and original art, see here.

In Eightball #5, in the fifth installment of Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, there appears a creature that looks to be based on a drawing from the back cover of The Shaggs’ album Philosophy of the World. The drawing is by The Shaggs’ Dorothy Wiggins and is of their pet cat, Foot Foot. The cat is also the subject of the album’s song “My Pal Foot Foot.”

The creature also appeared on an Eightball mug. The picture above comes via:

There is now a Tumblr for the just-released book The Daniel Clowes Reader. In addition to information on the book, the Tumblr is detailing interesting tidbits and references from Clowes’ work.

The Daniel Clowes Reader is currently available for pre-order on, with an August 3 release date, but it seems that it’s in stock right now at the Fantagraphics store.



Eightball #4 features a quintessential early ’90s Clowes rant titled “I Love You Tenderly.” The comic starts off nice enough. Clowes’s stand-in Lloyd Llewellyn lists a few things that move him. But it quickly goes south, as LL unleashes his irrepressible anger. Before that happens, though,…

Cover and excerpt from Eightball #6 and the toy that inspired it. The first picture comes from The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist, which lists the toy as being from Ideal Toy Co. and circa 1960s. The second picture, where you see the toy in the top middle, comes from the 1:30 mark in this video, from Clowes’ studio:

And the detective work continues! Hopefully when we’re finished, you at home will be able to authentically re-create Clowes’ studio.

At the 5:28 mark in the Nostalgia and Paranoia documentary, Clowes dips his brush into a cup. The first three pictures are from the documentary and from those I believe the cup may be a Pillsbury Co. Funny Face Grape cup. It could be the pictured cup with the paint on the face worn off or it could be some alternate version.

For a great many more Funny Face items, see here:

In Eightball #2, in the second installment of Like A Velvet Glove Cast In Iron, you have the first appearance of an usual car that is based on a toy car in Clowes’ collection. A photo of the car appears in The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist but it is listed as ‘manufacturer unknown.’ After some research though, it seems the car is by Manoil and goes under the title ‘No. 706 Rocket Zeppelin’ and is from the 1930s. The car was released in several different colours. The car shown in Modern Cartoonist is blue.

At the 0:32 mark in this tour of Clowes’ studio you see the above figurine, a Kreiss & Co. (Japan) Beatnik ceramic figure, believe to be from the 1950s - 1960s. There seems to be several colour variations of this figure as well as some with painted hair and others with applied fur. They also seem to have been made with and without a base.

Clowns is a book by Douglas Newton, first published in 1967. It is described as: “A lively history of the clown - with illustrations and dust-jacket by Barbara Jones.” The cover clown seems to have made some impression on Clowes and has appeared a few times in his work. It appeared in one panel of the story A Message to the People of the Future, from Eightball #10, and it later also appeared on the cover of Eightball #14.

Both instances were featured in The Comics Journal #213 (June 1999), in their reader-submitted ‘Swipe Files’ page.

The clown image also appeared in a sketch for a 1995 Eightball shirt, as featured in the Ghost World: Special Edition book, but did not make it to the final design.