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The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists Hardcover – October 11, 2011
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About the Author
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; the designer of the New York Times bestselling Peanuts collections; and a New Yorker illustrator. He lives in Guelph, Ontario.
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But, as a break from "Clyde Fans," Seth quickly made the light graphic novel Wimbledon Green in 2005, about the world's greatest comic-book collector, in a simpler, quicker style he called sketchbook. And -- possibly partly because of the strong response to that book, and possibly partly because "Clyde Fans" has been taking so long to be finished -- he came back six years later with another light-hearted sketchbook story with an inside-comics slant.
The G.N.B. Double C, as its cover calls it, is more diffuse and less successful than WIMBLEDON, which focused on a single character and his adventures. This new book instead is a leisurely guided tour of the headquarters of the title organization in Seth's fictional Ontario city of Dominion, and, along the way, of a mostly alternate history of 20th century Canadian cartooning. Seth does include some real comics, like Doug Wright's ...Read more ›
In creating this magnificent work Seth goes to his own imaginary model town of Dominion where there stands a building erected in 1935 bearing the initials of G.N.B.C.C. The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists has their own local chapter where cartoonists have their own watering hole and local traditions and social get togethers.
It is in this creative setting that Seth sets out to explain the history of cartooning such as it is and was in Canada. As always Seth spends most of his time explaining the exploits and genres of all the important and influential artists in Canada. He tells the stories in short prose and wonderful depictions of drawings which in of itself shows of a nostalgic time of past pursuits in which shows a simpler and at times happier and at times somewhat sad displays. He also shows the artwork done by another artist, which of course is drawn by Seth. Seth shows the different styles of cartooning and goes on to explain the genre and actions of each individual artist.
In doing this work Seth goes from one artist to another in a rather seamless prose while exploring the rooms of the ancient G.N.B.C.C.Read more ›
I was blown away. Everything is so believable, with their little backgrounds and factoids. Knowing they never existed just serves to make the whole thing that much more amazing. I don't know, maybe it's because it appeals to my own peculiar brand of humor, but The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists is one shiny gem of a little book.
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A fictional history of cartoonists and cartooning could certainly be interesting -- the general idea reminds me of the novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, in which the... Read morePublished on May 8, 2013 by Raghuveer Parthasarathy
Another slight effort from Seth. Man, I want to love this guy, but NOTHING he has done approaches GEORGE SPROTT. (Well, IT'S A GOOD LIFE... Read morePublished on December 17, 2011 by Sean Burns
This is the book Seth was working on before inspiration struck and he abandoned the book unfinished to set off and create "Wimbledon Green" in its entirety. Read morePublished on November 21, 2011 by Sam Quixote