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Page to Screen: The Inspiration for 'Art School'

Art School Confidential is artist and writer Daniel Clowes' second collaboration with director Terry Zwigoff. The two were nominated for an Academy Award in 2002 for their screenplay adaptation of Ghost World, based on Clowes' celebrated graphic novel of the same title.

In this latest project, a short comic from Clowes' series, Eightball, was a jumping off point. Inspired by the movie High School Confidential, about an undercover drug bust at a school, the characters are composites of people Clowes encountered as an art student at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. His vivid memories of life as a struggling artist were fertile ground for the darkly comic film.

Clowes' other graphic novel collections include The Manly World of Lloyd Llewellyn, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron and most recently, Ice Haven. He is currently writing a screenplay based on the story of three youngsters who filmed a shot-for-shot remake of Raiders of the Lost Ark over the course of their adolescence.

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