Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Palookaville 10: "Clyde Fans" Begins!

The story that apparently never will end, "Clyde Fans", begins in this issue.  Basically, it's an elderly businessman giving a monologue about his life as he wanders around his former business office and current residence.  Despite how boring that probably sounds, the story is charming enough that I've stuck with it being serialized in dribs and drabs since 1997.  Here are some other random thoughts on this comic:

*Seth's love of drawing old buildings has now developed in this storyline to also loving to draw their interiors.

*Who is the old businessman talking to?  Well, us, the readers, of course!  If not, he's nuts and talking to himself.  Hmm . . . well, maybe he's not nuts; some of the best conversations I've ever had have been with myself, and I bet that goes for you as well.

*The typical Seth themes of nostalgia and regret are served amply here.

*Strangely enough, every letter on the letters page is addressed to "Dear Sir".  I doubt they came in addressed that way.

*The elderly businessman's brother, Simon, resembles an older Seth, so, even though this story is completely fictional, Seth continues to seem to have an analogue character in each of his stories.

*The U.S. price for the comic was $3.75 while Canadians had to pay $4.50.  Ah, for the old days, when the American dollar still had some value relative to other currencies.  Today, the dollars are roughly equal in strength.  If the U.S. continues to just make money out of fairy dust more than Canada does, expect the initial currency ratio for an issue of Palookaville to eventually reverse.

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