Seth: Back cover for Drawn and Quarterly 2 (detail)

Work / Exhibition

Illustration: Comic book king Seth’s work is now on show in all its glory

Gregory Gallant, aka Seth, has an almost mythical status in the minds of comic book aficionados. The Canadian cartoonist has been creating comic books since well before I started eating school dinners, and his strong and very recognisable style harks back to the illustration of years gone by. He’s best known for the excellent series Palookaville and his mock-autobiographical graphic novel It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken which is the focus of the new exhibition at New York’s Adam Baumgold Gallery.

The works on show, from covers for various publications to sheets and sheets of panels from It’s a Good Life, are a testament to the career he has built as one of the key comic book artists of contemporary culture, gently critiquing modern society with a wit entirely his own. If you’re able to I’d strongly recommend popping down to the show to get your fill of what Seth has to offer; if you’ve not heard of him, you’ll spend a solid couple of hours nourishing your brain with his exceptional contribution to the genre of graphic fiction in contemporary culture, and if you have, you won’t even know what to do with yourself for excitement at the prospect of submerging yourself in a room papered with his work.

It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken is at the Adam Baumgold gallery from tomorrow until October 25.


Seth: Front cover for Drawn and Quarterly 1


Seth: Palookaville Cover #4


Seth: (Untitled) Fish and Chips


Seth: Untitled


Seth: Untitled


Seth: Palookaville Cover #9


Seth: 85


Seth: Untitled