112. Wilson (Daniel Clowes)

Clowes paints Wilson in broad strokes, through a series of distinct strips (each page is a self-contained comic, with culminating “gag”) that together tell a continuing story (Wilson’s attempt to reconnect with his old lover and abandoned daughter). He’s a despicable, pathetic character, but uncomfortably recognizeable. Clowes ironizes the complex ambiguity of his story through the constrained form of the 6 panel “gag” strip (a handful of pages are broken into more than six panels), but makes this structure work with clever use of anti-climactic moments.

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