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Palookaville. Volume 20
Seth, 1962-
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1st hardcover ed.
Publication Information:
Montréal, Quebec : Drawn & Quarterly, 2010.
Physical Description:
90 pages] : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Presents part four of the "Clyde Fans" saga; an illustrated chronicle of the author's creation of a fictional Canadian city and its progression from his sketchbooks to cardboard models; and an illustrated essay relating the author's experiences at a bookfair.
General Note:
"In this volume begins Clyde Fans Part 4, 1975. To be continued next issue."--P.5.

The second half of the book contains an essay and biological information.
Clyde fans Part 4, 1975 -- Dominion City.
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Palookaville #20 is the first volume of the seminal comic book series to be published in book form. The expansion into hardcover from pamphlet is a parallel that illustrates Seth's growth into an award-winning cartoonist, book designer, hobbyist, editor, essayist, and installation artist.

Seth's first autobiographical comics since Palookaville #2 and #3 will be featured in #20 . Drawing in his loose sketchbook style, similar to his book Wimbledon Green , Seth details his trip to a book festival and his awkward struggle to overcome isolation and communicate with the people around him. Seth continues the serialization of his acclaimed Clyde Fans story line, about which The New York Times Book Review aptly noted, "Seth truly believes in his wares--the little meanings of regular lives." This is, perhaps, nowhere more apparent than in the cartoonist's ongoing three-dimensional rendering of his fictional Dominion City, most recently featured in his book George Sprott . Using sketches, photographs, and an essay, the cartoonist explains why the need to conceptualize the fictional city in sculptures was a natural extension from comics storytelling, and how if he had his way, it would have stayed in his basement forever.

Author Notes

Seth is the cartoonist of such graphic novels as George Sprott ; It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken ; and Wimbledon Green . He is the designer of the Complete Peanuts collections and the John Stanley Library, and is a New Yorker illustrator. He lives in Guelph,Ontario.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The magazine-style comic book, the standard format for the medium since its birth in the 1930s, is inexorably giving way to square-bound books, published less frequently but with more pages. Love and Rockets and Acme Novelty Library have already made the switch, and now Seth's Palookaville joins the trend. This first book-format edition continues the serialization of Clyde Fans, a decades-spanning saga of the slow decline of a family manufacturing business begun in Palookaville 10 years ago, which exemplifies Seth's ongoing obsession with the past. Nostalgia also suffuses the cardboard models of Dominion City, an old and faded Canadian town lovingly fabricated by the artist and documented here. Rounding out the volume, Seth returns to autobiography for the first time since the mid-1990s with an account of his appearance at a book festival: although drawn in a more casual style than his meticulously crafted earlier works, Calgary Festival is as painfully self-lacerating as anything he has ever penned. Whatever the format, fans who've faithfully followed Palookaville over the past two decades will welcome its return.--Flagg, Gordon Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

The first volume of the long-running Palookaville series to be published in hardback, this gorgeous compilation underscores Seth's status as a cartoonist, illustrator, and now installation artist. In part four of the ongoing Clyde Fans saga, set in 1975, the fan company-owned by brothers Simon and Abraham Matchcard-and its supplier are on the verge of bankruptcy. As workers at the Borealis Business Machines plant strike for higher wages, Abraham realizes that the company his father built decades ago is crumbling. The sequence of nearly wordless panels as Abraham leaves the plant, knowing the men have lost their jobs, is heartbreaking. Seth devotes the volume's middle section to his own multiyear project creating a fictional Canadian city he dubs Dominion. Though it began in his sketchbooks, Dominion soon took the form of elaborate cardboard models, which were displayed at several galleries across Canada. The miniature streetscapes and enlargements of Seth's sketchbooks detailing his planning stages for the city reflect the same elegiac tone as the lead story. The coda, an illustrated essay detailing Seth's experiences at a Calgary author festival and his attempts to overcome his social anxiety, provides a strong finish to a memorable volume. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

A compilation of serial comic, autobiography, sketchbook, and gallery documentation, this first hardback publication of the long-running Palookaville comic series is captivating for both fans and newbies of Seth's work (George Sprott; It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken; and Wimbledon Green). An earnest introduction laments the end of a comic book format yet welcomes the opportunity for more comprehensive work. The ongoing series Clyde Fans opens this volume, depicting the decline of the Matchcard's family business through creative, fast-paced memory sequences. Readers are then invited into the author's world, literally, through photographs and an essay describing Seth's art installation Dominion City, a three-dimensional model city designed as a setting for his stories. Following are sketchbook images and an illustrated account of the author's humorous yet angst-filled experience at a book festival. A cartoonist for The New Yorker, Seth offers stylized illustrations that are well rendered and tell compelling stories. Verdict This periodical style of serial publication is highly satisfying. Finishing the extensive "Palookaville" is analogous to watching DVD extra features of a favorite movie. Highly recommended.-Willow Fitzgibbon, Fayetteville P.L., AR (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.