Palookaville has been serialized, in floppy comic and graphic novel for 20 years, but it’s been developing for a lifetime in Seth’s remarkable mind.
This may be episode 23, but it reads like a series of poems dedicated to vanished Canadian towns and cities, continuing the theme that marks Guelph, Ont., resident Seth as one of the most important creators of sequential art this country has produced.
The book, like everything he makes, is beautiful in every centimetre of carefully-designed artifact. The art is simple, considered and expressive. The stories are self-critical, hypnotic and absorbing. Palookaville is presented as an anthology, including the final part of the Clyde Fans story, but it’s tied together by themes of memory, emptiness and nostalgia for something that never was.
We’re also treated to some of the work Seth presented in exhibitions in 2014 and 2015, and it would be a joy to own. Get this.