Wimbledon Green

December 5, 2005 | Comics


Wimbledon Green
Drawn And Quarterly
$24.95 (Hardcover)
**** ½ (out of five)

Wimbledon Green seems eerily familiar.
He’s the world greatest comic book collector, you see. He’s the older man you see from time to time rummaging through boxes of old comics, or books, or coins, or whatever, at a rummage sale or flea market — always looking for some hidden gem.
Is he trying to make a profit off another’s ignorance of collectibles? Or is he simply trying to rediscover some long-lost connection to his childhood?
Seth, the gifted cartoonist behind such books as It’s A Good Life If You Don’t Weaken and Bannock, Beans And Black Tea, explains in the introduction to Wimbledon Green that most of his new release was whipped off at breakneck speed and was done primarily as a writing exercise.
While the result is a bit sloppy in appearance for those used to the wonderfully polished work of the Guelph, Ont., resident, it is also a surprisingly affecting book, filled with great insight into the mind of collectors and into that of the creator himself. It is a funny, melancholy and meaningful piece of work.

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