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Wimbledon Green

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  1,289 Ratings  ·  77 Reviews
From the critically acclaimed cartoonist of Clyde Fans and It's A Good Life comes a humorous graphic novel on the obsession of comic-book collecting.

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
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published December 13th 2005 by Drawn and Quarterly (first published 2005)
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Sam Quixote
Jul 24, 2011 Sam Quixote rated it it was amazing
The world's greatest comic book collector, profiled documentary-style by his colleagues, acquaintances and admirers: this is "Wimbledon Green", Seth's most enjoyable book. Through small panels done in single colours we hear about the great collector and his habits. How he came to be, allegedly stealing comics from unsuspecting members of the public, winning all the auctions, outfoxing his competitors with either money or other ways. We hear about the Wilbur R Webb collection, a fabled store of m ...more
David Schaafsma
Seth writes in his introduction that this is not a good book; it's poorly drawn, the lettering is sloppy, the pages are done poorly, the narrative is badly done, etc. This is honest of him, and like Ware, others, typically self-deprecating. He dedicates the book to Ware and tells us to read Rusty Brown and not read his own inferior in comparison work. But I really liked it.

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
Dec 20, 2007 Mark rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
I hadn't read any Seth books before, but knew of him through his depictions in Joe Matt's harrowing book, Spent. This is a complex little comic (book) novel told through varying POVs of more than a dozen characters. It imagines a world where the top comic book collectors in the world scheme and steal from one another, are rich men, and all live in Canada. It's the antithesis of Chris Ware's collector Rusty Brown, though even here there's no pretending that such an obsession will ever get you a g ...more
Jun 18, 2007 Andrew rated it it was ok
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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
Sep 23, 2007 Josh rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Chris Ware, Michael Chabon
Shelves: comics
Supposedly taken from Seth's sketchbooks, the book is a lively, jaunty, hilarious read. As Seth notes, inspired by recent work from Dan Clowes, Chris Ware, and David Heatley, the book uses short fragmented episodes, featuring many characters, to tell one over-arching story. The story, ostensibly about a master comic book collector, is a loving portrait of the comics industry, one that encompasses creator, readers — and comic book stores! At the same time, it is a mystery, an adventure story, and ...more
May 19, 2008 Michael rated it it was amazing
I would like to think that this fictional world of wealthy and incredibly eccentric comic book collectors really exists. I only know the broke-ass kind. I also wish I could read all the made up titles in this story like those "Fine & Dandy" hobo comics. Furthermore, I wish I had a secret underground hideout full of rare comics. And maybe that turban wearing manservant to fly me around in a helicopter in search of rare hobo comics.
Mar 08, 2012 David rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
This is my favorite graphic novel. I loved visiting a world where not only were comics considered the legitimate art form they actually are, but also where there was intrigue surrounding the medium. It also had a Citizen Kane feel to it when it came to people talking about Wimbledon and we never get to directly see his behavior.
Feb 03, 2010 Sara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics-gn
Oh Seth! This is so, so good! Thank you, Seth!
Jun 01, 2013 Paul rated it it was amazing
Every comic book nerd is gonna wanna read this.

I recognized myself or some other collector in practically every page of this little book.

It's all so simple, really.
Jan 29, 2016 Norman rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Jun 21, 2007 Punk rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Graphic Novel. No one knows much about Wimbledon Green except he's probably the greatest comic book collector in the world. At least, that's what they think they heard. This is framed as a documentary, a sort of Behind the Music for comic book collectors, told through interviews and short flashbacks, no section more than a few pages, some even as short as five panels. The story builds slowly and takes off on a few tangents, part history and part action-adventure.

The paper is heavy and thick and
Feb 02, 2016 James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
An interesting and different graphic novel, Wimbledon Green orbits around the mystery of a notorious comic book collector of the same name. Who is Green, where did he come from and why is he causing such ripples in the highly competitive world of comic collecting?

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
Sean Kennedy
Nov 15, 2012 Sean Kennedy rated it it was amazing
When an artist somehow speaks to you it borders on the divine. I felt that way when I read my first Seth book, which was It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken. The title alone had appealed, but when I saw the artwork it really blew me away. Some people might dismiss it as simplistic, but I think there is such a range of emotion that pours through it. When I look at Seth's art I feel comfortable. It's my world. There is beauty in simplicity but also a bittersweet tinge of melancholy. There is nos ...more
Jun 25, 2009 Loyd rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
Wimbledon Green (love that name) is a beautifully rendered evocation of a different, innocent time. In Seth's gold-embossed world, comics are the most important thing in life, so much so that a whole society of ernest, learned men can devote their fortunes to the collecting of them. Seth has created a wonderful world here, with just enough reality, wit, irony and cheeky attitude to keep you guessing. I highly recommend it.
Olavia Kite
Jan 01, 2016 Olavia Kite rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
If this book is poorly drawn, as the author mentions in the foreword, what hope is left for us who really draw quite poorly?

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.
Feb 27, 2017 Andrew rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
I've never read anything by Seth before, but thanks to "Wimbledon Green," I plan to read more of his work.

"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
Nov 19, 2015 Batmark rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction

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
Sep 25, 2016 Maura rated it it was amazing
Wimbledon Green is truly the greatest comic book collector in the world. Seth offers a fantastic tour to Green's life as told by his friends, acquittances, foes and himself. The part I enjoyed the most is Mr. Green recalling his childhood and how he started a life long affair with comic books in his solitaire first years of life! What is truly impressive is that the story comes to life in two-color panels! How can such intense emotions be communicated in just-two colors? It takes Seth's mastery ...more
Apr 15, 2016 Liam rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
I will describe why I like Seth's art rather than why I liked this book. It will be worthwhile for me, and maybe more worthwhile for you.

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

Oct 16, 2016 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hay editoriales que hacen unos trabajos impecables, Ediciones Sinsentido es una de ellas, tristemente parece que la editorial cerro hace ya media decada, sin embargo los libros que publicaron seguirán siendo unas joyas, resalto mucho ese aspecto, pues esta es una excelente edición en pasta dura, con una cubierta a la antigua, en relieves y con unas tintas e impresión muy destacables, de bordes redondeados, un papel agradable al tacto, alto gramaje y con los mismos bordes que el libro -redondeado ...more
I'm VERY conflicted about the idea of artists and writers publishing sketchbooks. Sure, there are plenty of people out there who'd eagerly purchase the rag Picasso wiped his paintbrush on, but there's certainly no art or pride involved in that exchange. It's a way to make a quick buck when you're too lazy or uninspired to work on anything of substance.

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
Miguel Jiménez
"¿Quién es Wimbledon Green?" es el tema recurrente de esta novela gráfica. A través de historias cortas -la mayoría sin ninguna conexión entre sí-, la gente que conoce a Wimbledon Green, entre vendedores, coleccionistas y estudiosos del cómic van dando forma a la imagen de este personaje particular. Esto porque su personalidad genera asombro y misterio, a veces transformándose en admiración y alegría por hablar de algo tan maravilloso como pueden ser los cómics, al centrar la vida de una persona ...more
Stephanie Griffin
Feb 16, 2013 Stephanie Griffin rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: collectors of anything!
4.5 stars

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
Sep 22, 2012 Dominick rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
What a delightfully odd--and oddly delightful--little book. Derived from Seth's sketchbook, this whimsical, satirical and yet rather melancholy book narrates, complexly and meanderingly, the story of the eponymous character, supposedly the greatest comic book collector in the world. His story unfolds in fragments, some narrated (usually in a series of tiny talking-head panels) by various folk who supposedly knew him, and who have diverse views on him (including skepticism that he's even really w ...more
Nov 11, 2011 Jeff rated it liked it
Wimbledon Green is lots of fun, and despite some self-deprecating remarks that the author makes in his notes to this edition, a fully worthy addition to Seth's commendable bibliography in the world of graphic novels. [return][return]The story concerns obsessive, high-powered comic book collectors and the rarefied and highly competitive world in which they live. The art is simple and cartoony, but is nonetheless ideal for the subject matter - these collectors focus on traditional gold and silver ...more
Apr 20, 2015 Lissibith rated it really liked it
This was a strange, weirdly fascinating read. I'm still not sure how much I liked it, but I'm definitely glad I read it.

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
Feb 23, 2015 Carolyn rated it really liked it
What a fun little over arching story about the greatest comic book collector in the world, told through many perspectives which were often times themselves satirical of comic book themes and story lines. Even as the millionaire comic book collectors raced around in fantastic style trying to outdo each other, Seth maintained a sense of nostalgia for the past woven into the fabric of this story.

So far I have found Seth's work engaging whilst antiseptic but not so here (and do not get me wrong, th
Robert Beveridge
Seth, Wimbledon Green: The Greatest Comic Book Collector in the World (Drawn and Quarterly, 2005)

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
Steven  Jones
Apr 03, 2013 Steven Jones rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Thoroughly entertaining minor effort from cartoonist/curmudgeon-before-his-time, Seth, about an imaginary comic book collector whose legendary status among fan-boys young and old lends his biography to outlandish hagiography and mythologizing. Much material is crammed into this (typically) beautifully designed volume (small, cloth-bound, and printed in gold, silver, and copper in homage to the grandly named "ages" of comic books) derived from multiple (fictional) sources and narrators - one of t ...more
Jan 27, 2014 Stephen rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable little treasure. The fun of the book is that it takes place in an alternate universe where there are multiple millionaire comic book collectors who mostly race around each other to out-do their competitors. Oh, a few people have made serious money in comics, but this takes things to a fantastical level. Yet, the real character traits are all there -- the guy who gives up too soon, the guy who goes bankrupt trying to obtain the unobtainable, and the guy who finds the thing h ...more
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Seth is the pen name of Gregory Gallant. Seth is the cartoonist behind the painfully infrequent comic book series PALOOKAVILLE. His novels, which have been translated into 8 languages, include IT'S A GOOD LIFE IF YOU DON'T WEAKEN, WIMBLEDON GREEN, CLYDE FANS BOOK ONE, and the illustrated memoir of his father, BANNOCK, BEANS AND BLACK TEA.

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“The world of [comic book] collecting is not a pretty place. For a bunch of guys who like good-over-evil stories, you sure meet a lot of morally bankrupt assholes.” 2 likes
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