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Palookaville #21 Hardcover – October 1, 2013


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  • Series: Palookaville
  • Hardcover: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Drawn and Quarterly (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770460640
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770460645
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #467,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --Gordon Flagg

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"Reading Seth, the great Canadian cartoonist who dresses and draws like a man out of time, is an act of ever-shifting reconciliation . . . Seth keeps sliding and eliding our feel for the past — which in turn challenges our perspective on the present. Missed kisses, or conversations unspoken, or paths untraceable, keep lapping back from our personal histories, beating against our assumptions of accumulated wisdom.” —Washington Post 

 

"Tinged with an undeniable melancholy, these are stories that capture that acute pain that comes from looking back at yourself, the mixture of pathos and helpless desire to change some of what you went through, not to make it better, but just to make it slightly less uncomfortable...but what emerges is a dual sense that we are formed unfortunately early as people and that the letting go that marks the passage from youth to adulthood is only the most memorable of an endless series of the same.” —National Post

 

"Seth’s seemingly autobiographical stories drew immediate acclaim when he began Palookaville two decades ago. His heartbreakingly melancholy return to that mode shows how completely he has mastered his craft in the ensuing two decades.” —Booklist


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It’s always a delight to see a new issue of Seth’s Palookaville published, especially as its publication is often sporadic with issues spread out over many years (Palookaville #20 came out in 2010!). It’s also a tribute to how far Seth has come as a cartoonist that his series that started out like so many indie comics as a pamphlet, is now published as a hardback by a major publisher! Palookaville has been going for over 20 years now, with the saga of Abe and Simon Matchcard being central to the comic, albeit their story plays out at a fiendishly slow pace as their family business, Clyde Fans, winds down while the brothers become old men. I adore Seth’s work, with books like It’s A Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken and Wimbledon Green being among my favourites, but I’ve always found Clyde Fans to be among his least interesting comics - and unfortunately this latest episode doesn’t get any better.

Simon’s dementia continues to deteriorate, sitting alone in his room with his memories and imaginary people, while Abe briefly gets into a squabble with his ex over the house and continues his melancholic soliloquising as he wanders from room to room repeating employee surveys from years ago. Clyde Fans remains stubbornly resistant to traditional narrative, content to wallow in its own depressing nostalgia than bother with things like plot or story – this comic doesn’t even seem to be about the characters anymore, it appears to be about the buildings and its histories! It’s as exciting as it sounds, though I think that maintaining the same tone and look of the comic for so many years is pretty amazing – though, to be fair, nostalgia and misery seem to be Seth’s comics default setting!

Seth prints some of his daily diary strips in the second section of the book.
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I have been waiting a long time for the publication of Palookaville Number Twenty One. This anthology of eclectic stories coming from the fertile mind of Seth does not disappoint. This collection is divided into three separate short stories with the first one being the continuation of Clyde Fans Part Four. As usual with Seth, we continue the Clyde Fans saga in 1975 seeing the end of an era as the company is sadly coming to an end.
Seth shows us the bitterness that Abraham experiences not only in his failing business which is no longer relevant to the times which is just like selling horse carriages when the model T was being introduced. Fans were being replaced by air conditioning. Along with his career being stamped irrelevant, his marriage also became irrelevant. The sadness and the stark realization of what is transpiring are played out in Seth's graphic depictions in only the way Seth can convey with his art and storytelling.
The second story is Seth's Rubber Stamp Diary which shows us how Seth developed his characters and formulated his artistic oeuvre and developed panels which would later develop into his later works which we know so well now. Seth explains that these works were his way of developing his art form, though as he admits certain panels were less than professional and sometimes even crude. This segment was an interesting work which shows a younger Seth developing and learning.
The last story is the longest and as I might add a Seth signature to many of his works. In many of this artist's works he brings in more of his personal life. Titled Nothing Lasts Part One is a graphic depiction of Seth's childhood.
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