It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken

artist: Seth
publisher: Drawn&Quarterly
language: English

"Seth really knocks me out....He has such an instinct for knowing what the most important image is in any scene, and he combines that with real insight -- which is a kind of magic in any genre. He is the perfect example of why graphic novels should be taken more seriously. I can't say enough good things about him."
-- Aimee Mann (Singer/songwriter)

"After spending so much of my youth hoarding cardboard cartons of comics, it was a grand delight to discover this comic narrative written for adults. This graceful, simple and compelling book tells the story of a good life lived simply."

-- Stuart McLean (host of CBC Radio's "The Vinyl Cafe")

In his first graphic novel, It's a Good Life, if You Don't Weaken -- one of the most acclaimed D&Q titles -- Seth pays homage to the wit and sophistication of the magazine cartoon. Disaffected by the crassness of contemporary culture Seth takes refuge in a quest to uncover the life and work of Kalo, a forgotten New Yorker cartoonist from the 1940s, but his obsession blinds him to his increasingly withdrawn lover and the quiet desperation of his family. Charming old-fashioned style characterizes this gently wry modern quest tale about longing, anxiety and the lessons of nostalgia.

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