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''Art School Confidential'' began life as a four-page black-and-white comic by Daniel Clowes for his {{anthology comic}}, ''Comicbook/{{Eightball}}''. It became very popular first among Clowes' friends and then with other former college art students. It inspired a 2006 film of the same name.

In the movie, Jerome has idolized Picasso from a very young age and wants to be a famous artist (possibly just so he can meet girls). When he gets to Strathmore College, he very becomes very disappointed with the state of affairs, surrounded by incomprehensible art, crazy students, an even crazier alumni, and teachers who really don't care. He becomes increasingly bitter and alienates everyone around him.

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!!Tropes:
* AgonyOfTheFeet: The movie scene where a barefoot hippie girl steps on a broken beer bottle.
* BlackAndGreyMorality: With the exception of Audrey, there isn't a single character in the film who isn't abhorrently selfish, narcissistic or hostile. Even Jerome seems to at least partially want to become an artist to meet girls.
* BittersweetEnding: Jerome [[spoiler: finally becomes a famous and well-respected artist]], but only because [[spoiler: he's in jail for a crime he didn't commit and [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity his peers are desperate to protest anything]]]] and can't leave, or else he'll see a steep decline in popularity. At least [[spoiler:he and Audrey get together]].
* ButtMonkey: The movie makes a grand effort to see how much it can make Jerome's life a living hell: he's bullied as a child, taken advantage of as a teen, and spends a majority of the film having his passion and love for art destroyed by pretentious students, professors who don't give a shit, has-beens who do nothing but tell him to give up, successful artists who treat him like a pest and a family who's only joy he gives them is getting a girlfriend because [[MistakenForGay they thought he was Gay]]. Worst of all, he's repeatedly shown up by the childish and clearly rushed paintings of the laziest student in the class, [[spoiler: who isn't even a student, but an undercover cop]]. And at his lowest point, he's [[spoiler: arrested for a crime he had nothing to do with, in the middle of [[DrivenToSuicide a suicide attempt, no less!]]]].
* EatingLunchAlone
* EruditeStoner: Bardo
* HippieTeacher
* HumansAreFlawed: By Jerome during a critique when a girl's drawing is referred to as "human".
** It really didn't help that hers looked like it had been done by a disinterested three-year-old, while a realistic self-portrait he slaved over was criticized as being a valueless piece of shit that looked like it had been made by a machine.
* JerkAssHasAPoint: Jerome goes to the photography exhibit of an obnoxious female classmate but only because he wants to learn the name of the model in the photos. You can't really blame the classmate for calling him as asshole, especially since Jerome mainly sees art as a way to get into the pants of pretty girls.
* JerkJock: Subverted. Jonah is out of place at art school, but is popular for being a cool guy, and a decent artist. [[spoiler:Too bad he's a cop.]]
** [[spoiler:Played straighter with some of his colleagues, though - they can't seem to follow why he takes his assignments so seriously when it's just a cover. Um, maybe because he's trying to maintain said cover?]]
* MadArtist: Jimmy.
* NoSmoking: Don't smoke in Jimmy's apartment.
* OnlySaneMan: Jerome is the only one in his class who realizes how pretentious and meaningless his peers' artwork is. He also seems to be, with the exception of Jimmy, the only artist he knows who can ''actually draw!''
* RefugeInAudacity: The police aren't popular at Strathmore because they arrested a student for having paintings that say things like "Legalize Genocide".
* TrailersAlwaysLie: The movie was billed as a comedy, but it exhausts it's entire supply of jokes (almost all of them lifted directly from the comic) within the first half hour or so (all within one scene, really) and spends the rest of the movie trying to do this really tense MindScrew thing as Jerome continually manages to inadvertently engineer the circumstances under which he [[spoiler:gets convicted of the murders Jimmy's been committing. The end of the movie tries to get back to comedy in the end credits, where his former classmates claim in interviews that their scoffing was just being blind to the truth, and now that he's a murderer they realize Jerome is an artistic genius.]]
* TransparentCloset: Matthew
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