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Palookaville. Number 22
Seth, 1962- , author, illustrator.
Publication Information:
Montréal, Québec : Drawn & Quarterly, 2015.
Physical Description:
1 volume (various paging) : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm
Clyde fans -- Crown barber -- Nothing lasts.
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A collection of wry, meditative comics from the cartoonist and Lemony Snicket illustrator

In what has become his calling card, the cartoonist Seth lovingly and exquisitely designs Palookaville #22 , adorning the cover with green foil, and the interior with gatefolds and ornate endpapers. On sumptuous display is Seth's continual exploration of the past and the search for resonance in the dusty corners of his consciousness. In three separate sections, this bittersweet reconciliation with the past and bygone eras manifests both in his comics and his non-comics art.
Readers will return to the world of Dominion, where Abe and Simon Matchcard of Clyde Fans are engaged in a war of the words over the slow, painful disintegration of their family business. Their disagreement leads Abe to visit an old flame and further ensue in a battle of memories, in the conclusion of part four of Seth's long running and acclaimed narrative.
In chapter two of his autobiographical serial "Nothing Lasts", Seth revisits his small town Ontario childhood. He explores his town's library, drug store, and post office, places whose daily presence in his young life provided comfort and stability amid the school taunts, the many moves Seth's family endured, and his parents' unhappy marriage.
Each volume of Palookaville treats readers to a new facet of Seth's creative output. Volume 22 features a photo essay of the fictional history he created for the actual Crown Barber Shop in Guelph, Ontario, owned and operated by his wife Tania, complete with a comic on the art of barbering.
The Palookaville digest is the grand endeavour of one of Canada's greatest artists.

Author Notes

Seth has been producing comic art for twenty years. His books include Its a Good Life, If You Dont Weaken ; Wimbledon Green ; and George Sprott . Apart from comics, he is the illustrator for the Lemony Snicket All the Wrong Questions series. He is also the designer behind the Complete Peanuts series. From his home in Guelph, Ontario, he does illustrations for numerous magazines, including The New Yorker .

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Booklist Review

Seth's Palookaville, which began as a magazine-style comic book nearly 25 years ago, has evolved into a stylish hardcover series appearing every couple of years. This latest edition begins with an installment of Clyde Fans, a serial about a pair of aging, misfit brothers and the decline of their family's manufacturing business that Seth has been slowly unveiling since 1998. In the second chapter of Nothing Lasts, Seth continues his contemplative ramble through the small Ontario town where he grew up. In between, a photo-essay depicts the old-fashioned barber shop run by Seth's wife, accompanied by a bogus comic-strip biography of its fictitious original proprietor. Over the decades, Seth has refined his graphic technique, simplifying his drawings and packing each page with as many as 20 tiny panels. Thanks to his bold drawing style and keen design sense, even these brimming pages are visually compelling. This simplified approach is the ideal vehicle for Seth's observations of everyday, small-scale lives, as he makes moving art out of the simplest, most quotidian events.--Flagg, Gordon Copyright 2015 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

This intermittent anthology-the last volume was published in 2013-starts with part four of Seth's (George Sprott) industrial and family drama "Clyde Fans," in which the family-run fan factory nears closure, and the two Matchcard brothers hash out past incidents. A shorter piece shows work he created for his wife's retro barbershop. The center of the book is the second part of "Nothing Lasts" (part one is in Palookaville 21), a memoir that unfolds through memories of the houses and apartments Seth lived in as a kid. In Seth's meticulous, exquisitely rendered environment, objects and buildings are markers and emotional containers that elicit specific recollections, usually traumatic. At times poetic, at others obsessive, Seth's fictional and autobiographical worlds unfold in an eerie blue shadow. The stories' tone and pacing accentuate the alienation and loneliness the characters feel-most significantly Seth himself, as he relates his creative and emotional kinship with comics, both as what saved him and what destroyed any chance of connection with others. (May) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Library Journal Review

With his signature artistic style, renowned comic artist Seth (The New Yorker; "Complete Peanuts" series) brings another installment of his acclaimed anthology to life. Volume 22 begins with Part 4 of the serial "Clyde Fans," about two brothers and their fan manufacturing company. The siblings argue over the demise of the business, which leads to painful memories of when their father deserted the family, and one brother's desire to revisit an old flame. This book also features the second part of Seth's "Nothing Lasts," an autobiographical sketch of growing up in 1960s Ontario. As an awkward, shy adolescent, Seth seeks means of escape, which include the library, comic books, and drawing. The simple but brilliant black-and-white drawings bring depth to Seth's memories of his parents' difficult marriage, the family's constant relocation, and his budding sexuality. Lastly, a story using photos of the real Crown Barbershop in Guelph, Ont., owned by Seth's wife, accompanies a short piece about barbering. Verdict Seth's work will appeal to readers of novels similar to those of Daniel Clowes (Ghost World), which touch on the day-to-day experiences of growing up.-Lucy Roehrig, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.