Daniel Clowes was born in Chicago, Illinois, on April 14, 1961. He attended the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, New York, from which he graduated with a BFA degree in 1984. In 1989, he created the seminal comic book series, Eightball, which has since housed almost his entire body of work. Eightball's consistent evolution has been remarkable, continually setting new standards for comic art for 17 years. The first among many stories to gain notice were the darkly comic Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, and his savage take on the comics industry, Pussey!. These were followed in the mid-90s by the breakthrough hit Ghost World, the dark, complex magnum opus, David Boring, and an acclaimed short story collection, Caricature. Eightball has earned the artist a large following and amassed multiple Harvey, Eisner, and Ignatz Comics Awards. He lives in Oakland, California with his wife Erika and son Charles.