Friday, October 26, 2012

Palookaville 6: Quest For A Cartoonist

In this issue, Seth moves from a quest for Kalo's cartoons to a quest for the man himself.  Here are some random thoughts on this comic:

*Nostalgia is clearly a major theme of Seth's, though I'm not sure if one can genuinely be nostalgic for a time before one's birth.  Nevertheless, Seth is fascinated by the past, his own and in general, particularly the early to mid 20th Century, and that motif runs through much of his work, but especially this story.

*Though Seth is fascinated by New Yorker cartoonists, Seth would one day have his art appear on the cover of The New Yorker, which back in 1994 when this issue was published, likely seemed like a pipe dream to him.

*Seth's penis doesn't gueststar this issue, but Chester Brown does.  Cartoonists Chris Ware and James Kochalka pop up in the letters page.

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