“If you had told me when I began that I would have my work on a museum wall, I would have thought, ‘What’s happened to civilization?’ ” says Daniel Clowes, the artist behind this week’s Science Fiction Issue cover, “Crashing the Gate.” A retrospective of Clowes’s work is on view at the Oakland Museum of California.
“It feels like I snuck in a museum through a side door somehow. For all the painters and sculptors I went to art school with, to slip into a museum through comics might seem very clever and dishonest.” He laughs. “But now that I’m at the top, I can only go down. it’s hard not to feel like, ‘They gave me my retirement party.’ A big career retrospective seems like a thing you should only get when you’re seventy-five or so.”