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GHOST WORLD premieres at the San Diego Comic-Con

Enid and Rebecca make their big screen debut

By Arnold T. Blumberg     July 20, 2001
Source: Comic-Con International

The girls that give it up in GHOST WORLD
© 2001 MGM
We've already told you what an amazing work of graphic literature Daniel Clowes' GHOST WORLD truly is, not that this fact hasn't been proclaimed by every sane comic book journalist on this planet. Telling the tale of two young women leaving their high school days behind and facing an uncertain future, the comic book novel originally released in serialized form in Clowes' anthology series, EIGHTBALL is a moving emotional portrait of two girls rushing headlong into the complexity of adulthood. At times breathtakingly real and always enthralling, GHOST WORLD is a masterful achievement in any medium.

Now that comic book landmark is making the move to motion pictures with a film adaptation shaped by Clowes and director Terry Zwigoff. The film stars Thora Birch as Enid and Scarlett Johansson as Rebecca, the two central characters in Clowes' deceptively quiet exploration of youthful angst. Also featuring indie favorite Steve Buscemi, the film will debut in select theaters today, but a privileged few of the many attendees at this year's San Diego Comic-Con were able to see a sneak preview last night. For fans it was certain to be an exhilarating chance to see the comic come alive on the screen, but no one is as excited or overwhelmed as Clowes himself.

"Today was a day like no other," said Clowes yesterday in an exclusive interview with CINESCAPE. "I've never had to do interviews all day, I find it very odd."

Clowes may be taken aback by all the attention, but with the film opening this week and expanding its release on August 3, he has hopes that the movie will connect with audiences around the globe, which may only make an odd situation even stranger.

"We're hoping by the end of August, it will be infecting the rest of the world like a virus," says Clowes. With this first film experience under his belt, Clowes even suggests that we may be in for more of his unique vision on the silver screen.

"Now that I've gone through this, I have an idea for a screenplay I want to write, not taken from one of my comics. That would be a better way to go than to try to bring something over from comics."

As for Enid and Rebecca, is their story truly over? The film may draw even more people into their world and leave them wanting more. For Clowes, it's a question that he may deal the future.

"I sort of feel that [this] closes the book on them at that period in their lives," says Clowes. "I can imagine you can possibly do something with them before that story takes place, and then I can imagine doing something with them in their 30s, but I feel that at the end of [GHOST WORLD], you don't want to see the very next day."

GHOST WORLD will roll out in additional cities in August. For more coverage of the film and Clowes' career in comics, check back with CINESCAPE.


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