Daniel Clowes isn’t quite as cranky as the old-time music fan in the film adaptation of his Ghost World comic book, but the artist and writer shares the character’s jaundiced view of newfangled technologies.
“Digital seems like such a step back from a printed book,” Clowes told Wired in a phone interview. “For me, the whole process involves envisioning this book in my head as I’m working. That is what I’m trying to create. That’s the work of art. That’s the sculpture I’m chipping away at, and when I’m finally done, I will arrive at that perfect 3-D object. The iPad version would be like a picture of the book, which doesn’t hold any interest at all for me. Even if I only had 10 readers, I’d rather do the book for them than for a million readers online.”