At the end of it all, the children fly off to the New World, whence they send a letter of greetings to the old decaying world which they have superseded.
In a dream it is proper for fictional characters and historical personages to occupy the one zone of reality, as well as to mix their times and subsist happily together on a kind of supra-temporal level: it is the most natural thing in the dreamer's world to see Dr.
As we finish, and Clowes reflects on the series that made his name, he doesn't have a slick soundbite that he can churn out with a polished grin. He doesn't bask in a nostalgic glow, big up role in changing the perception of comics in the wider world, or wheel out some Hollywood anecdote about Steve Buscemi. But he will acknowledge that has beaten the one thing that so many of his characters raged against.
"I had this notion," says comic book pioneer Dan Clowes, "of not editing myself, just putting whatever sick thoughts I had down on paper, and if I had something that seemed really uncomfortable or unpleasant, my goal was to always go in that direction…"