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The Comic Book Alphabet of Cool – S

We continue our tour through the alphabet, with a different cool comic book item each day, from A to Z!

Today we look at a nifty Canadian artist!

Seth (real name Greg Gallant) is a brilliant comic book artist who uses a simple, yet brutally effective art style to tell wonderful stories about often very ordinary people, like his first collection from Drawn & Quarterly, It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken…

This does not mean that he cannot do more fanciful characters justice, as well, because he certainly can, as seen in his offbeat story of a comic book collector named Wimbledon Green…

His most recent major work was the life of a man named George Sprott (1894-1975)…

Seth is also a master designer, as you can see from the design work he has done for Fantagraphics’ amazing Complete Peanuts series…

Amazing work from an amazing comic book creator.

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Good choice!

Those Peanuts designs were and still are, very inspired. Very beautiful.

I still don’t know why he chose the pseudonym “Seth” over his already awesome given name.

Bill, apparently the name change is something he regrets a little now. He adopted the Seth nom de plume quite some years ago. His influences were different, his current aesthetic not quite the same. Seth seemed appropriate at the time. These days, if it weren’t “too late” to alter what is now established (and trying not to speak for the man), I suspect he’d rather return to his ,indeed, very nifty given name.

that first strip put me in mind of the sandman issue where the guy ends up in the cities dreams. great choice. i had heard of seth, being a canadian, but didn’t really know his stuff. it’s quite something.

That first story was lovely.
These “Comic Book Alphabet of Cool” posts are really good and not at all obvious.
I learn something new with each one.

An inspiring choice for “S”
I’ve been a long time Seth fan ever since I saw his work in Drawn & Quarterly. His linework is some of the best on the market, matching his ever brilliant storytelling. I’ve met him at 2 signings and he’s just one of the kindest creators out there.

Check out this way cool Marvel work ala Seth:

http://www.sparehed.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/seth-x-men.gif

Excellent choice of both artist and art to showcase.
A nice inspiartional start to the week and a fellow Canadian to boot.

Hey Brian,
You wrote “George Sprout”, instead of “Sprott”.

For a sec I thought the S Canadian artist was going to be Dave Sim, and…well, ‘nifty’ is probably not Sim’s most received adjective.

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