Ice Haven

Ice Haven

Book - 2005
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At long last: Daniel Clowes is back at Pantheon, with a brilliant new graphic novel already hailed by Time as “another of his hilariously slightly off-center worlds that have a vague sense of dread about them. Kind of like where you live.”

Welcome to Ice Haven! “It’s not as cold here as it sounds,” declares Random Wilder, our reluctant guide to this sleepy Midwestern town. He’s also its would-be poet laureate. Would-be, that is, were it not for the "Florid banalities” of his archrival, Ida Wentz, published ad nauseam in the Ice Haven Daily Progress. Among Wilder’s other fellow Ice Havians are the lovelorn Violet Van der Plazt and Vida Wentz; the detective team of Mr. and Mrs. Ames; the adorable interracial moppets Carmichael and Paula; disaffected stationery salesgirl Julie Patheticstein; the Blue Bunny, newly sprung from prison and the bitterest rabbit in town; and poor little David Goldberg, missing for more than a week now…

While Dan Clowes has gotten a nod from the mainstream — an Oscar nomination for the screen adaptation of Ghost World - his work remains wonderfully idiosyncratic and imaginative. The lives of the men and women of Ice Haven are woven into a multi-layered tale that, while it owes a debt to Our Town, is ultimately based on and inspired by… Leopold and Loeb. No kidding.

Only Daniel Clowes could do it and, luckily for us, he has.

Baker & Taylor
Presents an offbeat tour of the sleepy Midwestern town of Ice Haven and its unusual inhabitants, including Random Wilder, the narrator and would-be poet laureate of the town; his arch-rival Ida Wentz; the lovelorn Violet Van der Plazt and Vida Wentz; and Mr. and Mrs. Ames, a detective team.

Baker
& Taylor

The author of Ghost World presents an offbeat tour of the sleepy Midwestern town of Ice Haven and its unusual inhabitants, including Random Wilder, the narrator and would-be poet laureate of the town; his arch-rival Ida Wentz; the lovelorn Violet Van der Plazt and Vida Wentz; Mr. and Mrs. Ames, a detective team; and others. Mature.

Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2005
ISBN: 9780375423321
037542332X
Characteristics: 89 p. : col. ill. ; 15 x 21 cm

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mclarjh
Aug 23, 2017

Good drawings, interesting characters, great storytelling. Like Seth's Palookaville, but way better.

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kwsmith
Apr 30, 2017

Ice Haven is a small town populated by an oddball assortment of strange characters. When a young child is murdered, the townsfolk each react in different ways. Although the main art style is cartoonish, it gets somewhat schizophrenic because Clowes changes up the styles in each chapter.

PorcusWallabee Dec 08, 2012

I'm really not sure what ICE HAVEN was about. It has all the hallmarks of a Daniel Clowes book. It's disturbing, beautifully drawn, and makes you laugh in all the wrong places. Too aimlessly bizarre. Read THE DEATH RAY or WILSON instead.

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wookielove2 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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