Originally published in 1993, Like A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron was Daniel Clowes's first long-form graphic novel and was heralded as an instant classic that exists firmly in the canon of great graphic novels.
Disturbing, funny and surreal, it tells the story of a young man, Clay Loudermilk, who stumbles into a screening of a bizarre snuff film that wraps him up in a mystery surrounding a series of cult-inspired killings, dubbed 'The Harun Scarum Murders.'
The subsequent path Loudermilk's life takes is both a terrifying journey into madness and jaw-dropping tour-de-force of visual imagination fraught with psychosexual and conspiratorial tension. In the wake of Clowes' 2016 smash hit Patience, and on the eve of the release of the adaption of his graphic novel Wilson (Fox), Fantagraphics is proud to present this new edition of Like A Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, featuring a new wraparound painted cover by the artist.
"Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron is a surreal tale of the bizarre, following our protagonist Clay Loudermilk as he embarks to find his wife through an eerie nightmare landscape where anything and everything strange and weird exists. Filled with a chaotic cast of characters, Like A Velvet Glove is a Lynchian madhouse, and will sure to keep you on your toes, whether from keeled over in laughter or glued down in the enigma of Clowes’ storytelling." - Anna @ OK