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Palookaville 21.
Seth, 1962- , author, artist.
First hardcover edition.
Publication Information:
[Montréal, Québec] : Drawn & Quarterly, 2013.
Physical Description:
32-63 pages, 65 unnumbered pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
General Note:
Chiefly illustrations.

Author's name from spine.
Section 1. Clyde fans part four continued -- Section 2. Rubber stamp diary selections from books 7 & 8 -- Section 3. "Nothing lasts" from Sketchbook 10.
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A lavish volume with all-new autobio comics, from the author of It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken

Continuing the new semiannual hardcover format for Palookaville in volume 21, Seth presents two very different autobiographical pieces, and the continuation of Part Four of the ongoing Clyde Fans serial. In the latest dispatch from the beautifully crafted Clyde Fans , Abraham muses further on the ruins of his life. Then, in the first sustained sequence of the two Matchcard brothers, Abraham and Simon finally sit down together and begin to talk.
"Nothing Lasts" is the first half of a sketchbook memoir about Seth's childhood and adolescence in small-town Ontario. It is a wryly self-conscious, often moving visit to the attic of Seth's memories: from his first attempts at cartooning to the last time he kissed his mother good night, "Nothing Lasts" is a masterpiece of the graphic short story.
Finally, the third section of Palookaville #21 consists of entries from the comic-strip diary Seth has been keeping for almost a decade. He employs a mixture of hand-drawn panels and rubber stamps of his own work to tell anecdotes about moments from his life. Nothing from this diary has ever been made public before. This lushly designed collection of stories comprises an anthology of the different types of cartooning work Seth has done over his two-decade-long career.

Author Notes

Seth is the cartoonist of Clyde Fans ; It's a Good Life , If You Don't Weaken ; Wimbledon Green ; George Sprott ; Bannock, Beans , and Black Tea ; and Vernacular Drawings . He is also the designer of the New York Times bestselling Peanuts collections, and a New Yorker illustrator. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.

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Booklist Review

The latest volume of Seth's Palookaville launched 22 years ago as a magazine-style comic book but now a handsome, if compact, hardcover offers an assortment of the Canadian cartoonist's nostalgia-laden comics. The latest installment of Clyde Fans continues a slowly unfolding saga (the first chapter appeared in 1998) of the demise of a family manufacturing business. A selection of entries from Seth's illustrated diaries consists largely of his reflections on the quotidian while strolling in his neighborhood or sitting at his drawing board. In these pages, his use of rubber-stamped images for many of the panels attests to the uneventful and repetitive nature of his daily life. The volume's centerpiece is Nothing Lasts, in which Seth traces his early life through a litany of his childhood residences; here his use of small, identically sized panels and simple, casual drawings accentuates the reflective tone. Seth's seemingly autobiographical stories drew immediate acclaim when he began Palookaville more than 20 years ago. His heartbreakingly melancholy return to that mode shows how completely he has mastered his craft in the ensuing two decades.--Flagg, Gordon Copyright 2010 Booklist

Library Journal Review

Cartoonist Seth (Wimbledon Green) splits the latest volume of his semi-regular autobiographical periodical into three sections, beginning with an installment of his ongoing "Clyde Fans" story, about two brothers and the factory they own. The second section, "Rubber Stamp Diary," relates events from the artist's life, with a combination of hand drawing and rubber stamps. The final section is part one of "Nothing Lasts," about Seth's childhood. Seth has in the past used repetitive page layouts to good effect, but their overuse here makes his recollections of an unexceptional boyhood monotonous. As with "Nothing Lasts," "Rubber Stamp Diary" combines repetitive illustration with bland subject matter and lacks the former's polished, geometric drawings. Combined with the confessional tone of the near-constant narration, the section seems no more memoir than illustrated therapy session. Verdict Memoir fans will be better served by Seth's It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken or Nicole Georges's visually inventive Calling Dr. Laura. "Clyde Fans" is the standout for which Seth's lush black line work and subtle color tones create the perfect mood foretelling the hostile brothers' encounter at their newly defunct factory. However, the middle of a series is nowhere to begin. For new readers, the earlier installments are collected in Clyde Fans, Vol. 1. This title is not recommended.-Robert Mixner, Bartholomew Cty. P.L., Columbus, IN (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.