After spending 20-years serialising the story of the Matchcard brothers and the family electric-fan business in his Palookaville comic, Canadian cartoonist Seth delivered the complete story in ‘Clyde Fans’.
Handsomely packaged, the story jumps back and forth between the 1950s and 1970s, charting a declining business and disintegrating relationships. A chamber piece of epic construction, it’s a melancholy story of regret and failure with Seth’s haunted woodland scenes and elegantly rendered hulking cityscapes lingering long in the mind.
The state of the nation and affairs of the heart collide in James Sturm’s Off Season (Drawn & Quarterly) when blue collar worker and Bernie Sanders supporter Mark and his artistically inclined and Hillary Clinton supporting wife Lisa’s marriage hits the rocks. The device of portraying characters as dogs brings extra poignancy and wry humour to a delicately nuanced tale.
For those daunted by the idea of cartooning, acclaimed comics creator Lynda Barry’s Making Comics (Drawn & Quarterly) presents fun strategies for unleashing creativity.