The Incantations of Daniel Johnston

The Incantations of Daniel Johnston

Graphic Novel - 2016
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The Incantations of Daniel Johnston is a spirited, eye-popping collaborationg between New York Times -bestselling Spanish artist Ricardo Cavolo and award-winning author Scott McClanahan.

Long a fan of Daniel Johnston, the man and his music, Cavolo illustrates Johnston's colorful life, from his humble beginnings as a carnival employee to folk musician in Austin, to his rise to MTV popularity and persistent struggle with personal demons.

In addition to being visually very striking, with astoundingly economical prose McClanahan manages to deal with powerful and complex issues, such as how we as a society mythologize troubled artists, while continuing his ongoing exploration of human relationships, and the pliable interaction between reader and writer.

Ricardo Cavolo is a world-renowned Spanish artist whose artwork has been on display everywhere from Moscow to Montreal. He has completed artwork for Absolut Vodka, the Glastonbury Festival (United Kingdom), Urban Outfitters (France, Germany, England), Nike, FC Barcelona, and Fox Sports Mexico.

Scott McClanahan is the acclaimed and award-winning author of Crapalachia , Hill William , and The Collected Works of Scott McClanahan: Volume 1 . The Washington Post has called McClanahan's work "the genuine article."

Publisher: Columbus, Ohio :, Two Dollar Radio,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781937512453
Branch Call Number: GN MCCL
Characteristics: 101 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Cavolo, Ricardo 1982-- Artist
Alternative Title: Daniel Johnston


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This graphic novel tells the story of one of Austin’s legendary figures and the artist behind the much-adapted “Hi, How Are You?” mural on the Drag (*ahem*... that's the stretch of Guadalupe Street west of UT). This vibrant work is almost as colorful and unconventional as Johnston himself and she... Read More »

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IanH_KCMO Sep 29, 2016

Ricardo Cavolo's art is so amazing, it covers for Scott McClanahan's text, which is a little too self-serving and doesn't quite live up to the great illustrations. Still, it's worth checking out to see Cavolo's art, and maybe best paired with the Johnson documentary The Devil and Daniel Johnston.


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