DQHQ PR: Clyde Fans by Seth in Spring 2019
In Spring 2019, Drawn & Quarterly will publish the long awaited graphic novel Clyde Fans, the epic twenty-years-in-the-making tale of the Matchcard brothers and the decline of an industry by the Guelph, Ontario, cartoonist Seth. Beautifully executed, Clyde Fans will be supported by a full scale marketing campaign in North America.
Beginning in issue #10 of his signature comic book series and serialized through #23, Seth crafted a story of sibling rivalry and Canadian industry inspired by an old storefront in Toronto. Clyde Fans follows a small business doomed to failure in equal parts by progress and by the temperaments of two vastly different brothers, Abe and Simon Matchcard. Simon is an anxious shut-in: a dreamer who stumbles in his one attempt to become a salesman, while Abe is a philandering extrovert, brusque and determined. Neither has what it takes to keep their family business afloat, and over the course of the graphic novel they play and replay their failures.
“For all its specificity in time and place, Clyde Fans reveals universal anxieties - What do our successes and failures mean or matter in the long run? How do we get out of our own heads? How do we find happiness?” said D+Q Executive Editor Tom Devlin. “Through the story of two brothers, Seth masterfully probes how our environment shapes who we are and what we allow ourselves to strive for.”
Clyde Fans will be distributed in the US by Farrar, Straus & Giroux and in Canada by Raincoast Books. International rights are represented by Samantha Haywood of the Transatlantic Agency: French rights have sold to Delcourt and Spanish rights have been sold to Salamandra.
Seth is the cartoonist behind the comic book series Palookaville, which started in the stone age as a pamphlet and is now a semi-annual hardcover. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeneys Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the New Yorker, the Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries. He is also Lemony Snicket's partner for the new Young Readers series, All the Wrong Questions, and has illustrated and designed a new, deluxe edition of Stephen Leacock's Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town. He is the designer for several classic comics reprint series, notably collections of work by Charles Schulz, John Stanley, and Doug Wright.
He was the subject of a National Film Board documentary entitled Seth's Dominion. Seth lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife Tania and their two cats in an old house he has named "Inkwell's End".
PRAISE FOR CLYDE FANS:
“Seth truly believes in his wares - the little meaning of regular lives. Though it may take some time before the second Clyde Fans collection comes out, I am sold.”—The New York Times Book Review
“[Seth] combines realistic, character-based storytelling with a muted, nostalgic visual style reminiscent of Edward Hopper.”—Los Angeles Times
“Clyde Fans is a nuanced fictional glimpse exploring everyday people in a forgotten time.”—The Globe & Mail
“Seth’s drawings are lush, delicate examples of cartoon realism rendered in black ink and luminous blue tones. His version of the world is completely his own - from figure to object to landscape but, in its details, utterly familiar to a reader. These drawings, combined with Seth’s deliberate pacing, give the effect of having the narrator whisper in your ear, making Clyde Fans a wonderfully captivating experience and a masterful use of the medium.”—Washington Post
“Shadows almost become characters in themselves.”—Canadian Art
“A dedicated mood-setter, Seth invites his readers to linger over wordless panels of falling leaves, old brick buildings, and plumes of industrial smoke billowing against a starry sky.”—Vancouver Sun
“A masterpiece-in-the-making.”—AV Club
“A good, old-fashioned story freshened by expressive artwork… [Seth] uses words sparingly and draws with affection and efficiency.”—Chicago Sun-Times
“Seth is a marvellous draftsman.”—Newsday