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George Sprott: (1894-1975) Hardcover – May 26, 2009
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Seth's narrative graphic depiction of George Sprott's life can be the antithesis of "It's a Wonderful Life". Utilizing all the major events of George Sprott's life we see a graphic narrative which emanates sadness, lost opportunities, narcissism, and loneliness and yes fame. Yes George Sprott gains a rather local limited fame and makes many acquaintances but are they true friends? Seth goes back and forth in his multi-narratives in which we learn of what people saw and thought of George Sprott.
Unlike "It's a Wonderful Life", Seth does not do his story in chronological order. Rather Seth jumps to a disparity of years, not in order, to convey certain philosophies and points of order. You will see a man struggling for a life of meaning and unlike George Bailey, George Sprott does not have an angel to guide him.
In as much as Sprott does not lead the "hometown hero" life of Mr. Bailey, Seth offers the fact that all life, even less than fulfilling ones are worth living. Seth's use of graphics in showing a small Canadian town are, how can I say it, "Sethesque". His story line again in the narrative and graphic depictions are what Edward Hopper conveyed in his art. I don't have enough Stars!! Great graphic novella from Seth's hand!!!
As I was reading I immediately recognized that I had actually read these before, and it wasn’t until I finished the volume when I figured out why - the copyright page has a statement that it was originally serialized in the New York Times. I remembered reading it, loving it, and making sure I didn't miss a week of the NYT “Funny Pages.” Unfortunately, that section of the paper has long since dissolved, but Seth’s contribution to it was incredible. There is no other way to say it - this is simply the way that this story was meant to be digested. The book was so big that one had to be immersed into the world that the artist created - and while we can’t be transported to his miniature Palookaville in his basement, being completely isolated from the world in the pages of George Sprott is an incredible experience.
The piece tells the story of the life of a man who is a big fish in a small pond. He is frustrated and anxious at times, filled with regret and worry, and the execution and artwork is appropriate, engaging, and wholly immersive. The detail that the artist put into the city itself, and how the world revolved around this little man is believable and true, containing some of the most realistic and striking dialogue I have encountered in any work of art.
This book is a pleasure to read, to hold, and to practically dive in to.Read more ›
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Imagine Charles Foster Kane, except described by Stephen Leacock; and instead of bestriding the world like a colossus, it is merely an early local TV station in Kitchener-New... Read morePublished on January 23, 2011 by Demosthenes
George Sprott by Seth is an oversized graphic novel that was first serialized in the New York Times Magazine and tells of Sprott's life as seen through the eyes of his colleagues,... Read morePublished on May 20, 2010 by D. Sorel
This book is an obvious attempt to make some quick cash by rubbishing the reputation of one of the best-loved figures of Canadian television. Read morePublished on December 24, 2009 by Geoffrey James