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16 Dec, 2013

Plagiarism accusation

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Clowes accuses LaBeouf of illegally borrowing from his 2007 comic, Justin M. Damiano.  The plagiarism went unnoticed until LaBeouf’s short film, Howard Cantour.com, debuted online.  Fantagraphics Books Inc., Clowes publisher, calls the film “a complete rip-off,” and that the novelist was never approached by LaBeouf to authorize an adaptation.  In an interview with Buzzfeed, Clowes says:

The first I ever heard of the film was this morning when someone sent me a link. I’ve never spoken to or met Mr. LaBeouf.  I’ve never even seen one of his films that I can recall — and I was shocked, to say the least, when I saw that he took the script and even many of the visuals from a very personal story I did six or seven years ago and passed it off as his own work. I actually can’t imagine what was going through his mind.

In response to the accusation, the short film is blocked from view on Vimeo yet continues to be available on BuzzFeed in its entirety.

9 Apr, 2012

Daniel Clowes interview

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Frauenfelder interviews Clowes onstage at the 2014 Launch Event at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood, about the release of The Art Of The Modern Cartoonist: Daniel Clowes, creating the Eightball comics and the spinoff Ghost World series. Clowes tells Frauenfelder how he became interested in comics when he was young:

We didn’t have a TV set, didn’t have video games…we just had books, and my brother left me this huge stack of comic books [when] he decided he’d go out and meet girls…My mom would say, Go play in your room, go read your comic books. They were [comics] from 1955-65, Marvel comics, DC comics…I remember reading those before I could read

Daniel Clowes Modern Cartoonist w Mark Frauenfelder BoingBoing