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Wimbledon Green: The Greatest Comic Book Collector in the World Hardcover – December 13, 2005
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(the above is excerpted from my longer review at graphicnovelreview.com)
What really made it work for me was that Seth creates another world not unlike are own and it is a world I would love to visit. In this other world comic book collectors are a little like the heroes they collect, they spend their time flying around the world in autogyros and double crossing their enemies. It parodies and and the same time glorifies the passion that really drive collectors. The artwork is throughout the book is stunning with everything done in loose ink wash sketchbook style. The entire book was created in a scant 6 months and at 125 pages that is quite amazing. The design of the book is top notch with beautiful end papers and an embossed foil cover.
But the thing that really stands out is how personal and intimate the entire book is. This gets back to the core of what comics should be, a place where stories are told and where the artwork serves those stories. And the stories in this book are ones worth reading over and over again.
Written & Illustrated by Seth
(Drawn & Quarterly)
Did you ever have that dream where you find yourself in some dusty, unfamiliar used book store or curio shop and you stumble upon a stack of really cool old comics that you've never heard of but are thrilled to find? Your senses tingle, you thrill at the secret, quiet triumph of finding this amazing little stash of long lost pop culture, as you pull out one amazing book after another, even then beginning to sort and prioritize them, to fret over which ones to buy even as, with dream logic, you marvel at how cheap they are, and maybe you even stop to open up some of the books and read the stories within...
If you know this dream, and if every time you wake up from it you feel a profound sense of loss (even though none of those books actually exist in our world) then you will understand this book, and delight in it in much the same way, just without the profound sense of loss. Wimbleton Green IS that dream - a rotund, cheerful, cartoonish figure, he has tracked down mint copies of every comic book ever made, real or imagined, and all his socially sideways contemporaries either idolize or revile him... In this book, Seth has created a world where collector nerds crisscross the landscape like superheroes and mystery men, swooping in to close deals on pulp paper holy grails... and the book is just as delightful and entertaining as any of the comics they battle one another to possess... A quirky love letter to a quirky subculture, and one that all who have had "the dream" will enjoy. Highly recommended. (DJ Joe Sixpack, ReadThatAgain book reviews)
Like Dan Clowes often does, Seth tells the story through a series of independent strips that, over the course of the book, reveal the full story. And like Dan Clowes, Seth accomplishes that rare thing in satire -- he renders his characters fondly, but you can tell he's also skewering every aspect of the highly irritating and amusing world of comic book collectors.
I eagerly await every new work by Seth (and as fans know, they don't come out all that frequently!). This was well worth the wait. It's the type of book you only want to read in snippets -- it's so good, you want it to last. And you don't want to wait another 3 years for Seth's next masterpiece!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is my FAVORITE book by Seth! I got it when it came out and have reread it every year since then. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Banjobiker
The book arrived with small scratches but other than that it was good quality. This isn't Seth's greatest book he ever wrote, but it's an interesting story.Published on March 4, 2014 by Vicki
Thoroughly entertaining minor effort from cartoonist/curmudgeon-before-his-time, Seth, about an imaginary comic book collector whose legendary status among fan-boys young and old... Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Erich Zann
I work at a college with a library that carries this book. After the seventh or eighth time that I had checked it out I finally broke down and bought my own copy. Read morePublished on August 14, 2012 by Chris Schweizer
I am surprised by how much I have enjoyed this little book, which is light-hearted but not cheap or tossed-off. Read morePublished on November 1, 2011 by J Petrille
The world's greatest comic book collector, profiled documentary-style by his colleagues, acquaintances and admirers: this is "Wimbledon Green", Seth's most enjoyable book. Read morePublished on September 26, 2010 by Sam Quixote
This book is a delight. While the story is, on the surface, about comic book collectors, so much of the detail is fictionalized that I think it would be enjoyed by anyone with an... Read morePublished on March 7, 2010 by Matt Kuhns
Subtitled "The Greatest Comic Book Collector in the World", Wimbledon Green is a surreal study of the madness that overtakes collectors. Read morePublished on January 16, 2010 by Jared
Seth even admits that this work was in essence a series of vignettes which in the beginning had no cement to make a normal graphic novel. Read morePublished on August 14, 2009 by Richard C. Geschke