Taking a break from the serialization of his saga Clyde Fans and the design of The Complete Peanuts, critically acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator Seth creates a farcical world of the people whose passion lies in the need to
No, I loved it. It's a kind of screwball comedy send-up and homage to the work of comic book collecting and making, too, ve ...more
this is the second graphic novel i've read in the last couple of weeks. this one wasn't overly brilliant - but it was reasonably interesting.
it is all about a mysterious comic collector named wimbledon green. it is kind of a character sketch of green and is told mainly through the recollections of other collectors who have had dealings with him. we find out that he's been involved in a number of scandals, no-one knows his true identit ...more
The paper is heavy and thick and ...more
This book is an outright parody. Born from doodles and sketches made by the cartoonist Seth, the book is a fun little yarn that leaps from interview to interview, interjecting with the odd story to give context. It never takes itself ve ...more
The book itself is beautiful. The story, scattered about like a puzzle, was intermittently gripping. It's a dreamy, nostalgic view into the world of comic books and collecting in general.
"Wimbledon Green" presents much of its narrative in a mockumentary format (interesting to see in a comic book), featuring "interviews" with characters who all know some small slice about the person who is Wimbledon Green. The reader must peel through layers of legend, doubts, and even maligning in order to get to the truth of the story's protagonist, whose identity, origins, and motives are ...more
The book's subtitle says it all: Wimbledon Green is the story of "the greatest comic book collector in the world." More a series of one- or two-page vignettes and a collection of mock "talking head" interviews of various characters than a traditional story, Wimbledon Green is a satirical exploration of the middle-aged, frequently overweight bachelors who take comic book collecting very seriously.
At the heart of the book is Wimbledon himself, an eccentric a ...more
Two key differences strike me with Seth's art than with other current graphic artists: outlining and shading.
Seth manages to include a lot of form with very few lines by varying line thickness dramatically for every single object. It even allows certain small objects, such as telephone and radios, to seem well constructed even when drawn disproportionately, by...more
That being said, there is a vicarious thrill in the chance to look at what Crumb idly doodles while looking after his daughter, or what an earnest ...more
Wimbledon Green is a classic graphic novel by Seth, published in 2005. What a crazy story! I was totally wrapped up in it. The ending even had me getting misty-eyed.
It’s the story of “The Greatest Comic Book Collector in The World”. No one knows where he came from and after his adventures in the collecting world, no one knew where he went. He just disappeared. Most of the “tales” occur between around 1974 through about 1998. Between the longer stories, there are many different narrato ...more
Wimbledon Green is one of a passel of classic comic book collectors in a cut-throat and sometimes violent world of comic book collectors. As they compete with one another for the dwindling supply of old Mint quality comics they also face the biggest question - who exactly IS Wimbledon Green? Where did he come from? And how did he amass his massive collection?
Not being a heavy c ...more
So far I have found Seth's work engaging whilst antiseptic but not so here (and do not get me wrong, th ...more
Amusing dig at the obsessive collector mentality (centered on comics, of course, but the obsession is universal; viz. Dork Tower and the like). The titular antihero (note to self: change word before posting to Amazon, for “titular” contains a-- gasp!-- seeming reference to the female breast) is a greedy scumsucking pig who always seems to show up where the good stuff is, and get to it before anyone e ...more
As a book designer, Seth has worked on a variety of projects ...more