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with the world of small, privately—owned businesses. As the world becomes

Along with underground/alternative comic artists Robert Crumb, Daniel Clowes and

Chris Ware, Canada’s Seth (real name: 5 .3 increasingly corporate the Gregory Gallant) is passionate about the r _ V @ ‘5 image of the small business past. His ongoing comic, Palookaville, has ' ’{?‘4; (3/4 53¢ h seems more and more serialised two stories: ‘lt’s A Good Life If ' w. A poignant; sad little storefronts You Don’t Weaken’, about the search for ' of antiquated businesses like



an obscure 19405 newspaper cartoonist, and ‘Clyde Fans’, a portrait of mid- century travelling salesmen. The handsomely-bound coffee table book Vernacular Drawings gathers Seth’s sketchbook work and likewise illustrates the artist’s fascination with ‘old times’. Seth talks to The List about some of the images.

confectioneries. hat shops. ethnic clothiers etc; the vanishing landscape of yesterday's business world. These storefronts are like old people lost in the world of today. You can‘t help but feel your heart go out to them. Their days are numbered.‘

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telescope.’ and irony.’ certain moodiness of atmosphere.‘

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