It's A Good Life, If You Don't Weaken : [a Picture Novella]

It's A Good Life, If You Don't Weaken : [a Picture Novella]

Book - 2007
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Baker & Taylor
A comic book series in which the author is on a quest to uncover the life and work of Kalo, a forgotten New Yorker cartoonist from the 1940s, and his obsession blinds him to his increasingly withdrawn lover and the quiet desperation of his family.

McMillan Palgrave

An Acknowledged Classic returns gorgeously re-designed.

In his first graphic novel, It's a Good Life, if You Don't Weaken--a best-selling D & Q titles ever--Seth pays homage to the wit and sophistication of the old-fashioned magazine cartoon. While trying to understand his dissatisfaction with the present, Seth discovers the life and work of Kalo, a forgotten New Yorker cartoonist from the 1940s. But his obsession blinds him to the needs of his lover and the quiet desperation of his family. Wry self-reflection and moody colours characterize Seth's style in this tale about learning lessons from nostalgia. His playful and sophisticated experiment with memoir provoked a furious debate among cartoon historians and archivists about the existence of Kalo, and prompted a Details feature about Seth's "hoax".

Publisher: Montréal : Drawn & Quarterly ; New York, NY : Distributed by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2007
Edition: 4th softcover ed
ISBN: 9781896597706
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged). : chiefly ill. ; 23 cm


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May 31, 2019

Excellent story about author's search for an old Canadian cartoonist published in old New Yorker magazine. The drawn scenes of Toronto are quite well done.

Feb 24, 2017

This classic graphic novel features minimalist artwork from the old New Yorker style of cartoons. This nostalgic and melancholic work seems to be a fictional autobiography about a young Canadian cartoonist's obsessive search to uncover the work of a long-forgotten cartoonist. I'm fairly certain that one of the characters in the book (Chet) is really famous cartoonist Chester Brown. Which is a bit confusing because none of the events described in this book actually happened. Or did they?

Oct 09, 2014

Great drawings and dialogue, my only complaint is the narration (white type on black background) is hard to read.

abird Apr 30, 2010

Q&Q Can Lit Canon pick (April 2010)

Dec 18, 2009

A great story about a Canadian writer in search of a mysterious cartoonist from Ontario. The idiosyncrasies of the main character and Seth's witty dialogue make it well worth the read.


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Mar 25, 2012

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