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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 toFrom 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 own comic books and only in pristine, mint condition.Meet Wimbledon Green, the self-proclaimed world's greatest comic-book collector who brokered the world's best comic-book deal in the history of collecting. Comic-book retailers, auctioneers, and conventioneers from around North America, as well as Green's collecting rivals, weigh in on the man and his vast collection of comic books. Are Green's intentions honorable? Does he truly love comics or is he driven by the need to conquer? Lastly, is he really even Wimbledon Green?A charming and amusing caper where comic-book collecting is a world of intrigue and high finance. Part riotous chase, part whimsical character sketch, Wimbledon Green looks at the need to collect and the need to reinvent oneself....

Title : Wimbledon Green
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ISBN : 9781896597935
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 128 Pages
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Wimbledon Green Reviews

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-12-07 11:03

    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 mint condition Golden Age comics. We hear the conspiracy theories about Green's true identity. And along the way we are treated to the obsession of comics collecting as memorably explained via the collectors, as well as Seth's knowledge of the era reproducing facsimiles of comics from that time. We learn about Green's favourite comic "Fine + Dandy" a limited comic run about hobos in the '30s. And in the middle is a racy Tintin-esque search for an elusive comic "The Green Ghost #1". Seth's work is always among the best the indie comics world has to offer. Here he scales back the art to become more sketch-like with smaller panels like Chris Ware's work. The single tone colours of the pages, sometimes chrome, sometimes golden, sometimes a dull green, add to the atmosphere of the book. Seth hints at darker secrets to Wimbledon Green, chiefly among them the identity as well as the scene at the end where a thug tears up some rare comics leaving Green in a ball on the floor sobbing - blackmail? It all adds to the richness of the story. And even if the world of comics collecting feels a bit stuffy, Seth throws in a hammy chase quest for Green and his competitors to go on to stir up the reader's attention. Seth mentions in his introduction that this was a way of reconnecting to his youth which was spent with similar comic books and a way of remembering his recently deceased mother as she was when he was a child. The final few pages of the book deal with Wimbledon's own mother succumbing to dementia and the scenes bring a powerful resonance that is missing from the generally jolly tone of the book. I read this a few years ago when it came out and I just re-read it today and am pleased to see that it still holds up really well. The book itself is a small hardback, about the size of a regular paperback, with wonderfully crisp pages bound nicely and with an embossed cover. The overall design of the book is really wonderful, as the inside of the book is such a treat. Seth's best book in my opinion, it's definitely the place to start for new readers looking to enter into Seth's melancholic world of comics. Hooray for Wimbledon Green!

  • David Schaafsma
    2018-11-24 16:09

    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, very odd and quirky and funny and who would care about some obscure Canadian small town nerd comics guy, but he makes us care, and helps us see how important comics were to him and so many of us. So I disagree with him. He is wrong, this is not poorly done, it is greatness, in a small and understand package, about a guy most people would not cross the street to address, but this is his point, he is every man, not Superman. As with The Orchid Thief, another book about a collector and collecting, this is a look into a world and life that you didn't care about and wouldn't imagine you would, and yet now because Seth shares it so lovingly, you do. I do, anyway. I really liked it. Read Seth and fall in love with him. Now.

  • Mark
    2018-11-30 10:07

    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 girl. It's wonderful story-telling, particularly when we spend time with the main character traveling cross the country, visiting old farmers and forgotten book stores looking for hidden treasure. Good stuff. Rambling, full of characters trying to recapture childhood memories and fight off the coming darkness. Also a better little mystery than say, the Ice Haven book by Dan Clowes Seth appears in the book as a thinly disguised character named Jonah, proudly displaying his quirks and faults.

  • Michael
    2018-11-17 16:02

    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.

  • Andrew
    2018-12-08 15:21

    this review first appeared on [http://intraspace.blogspot.com]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 identity and he is a man of strange habits. the comic collecting world is divided between those who loath him and those who think he is a genius. the recollections of the collectors are presented in kind of an interview format - so panel after panel just feature the head and shoulders of the character telling the story. this gets a bit monotonous. occasionally there are narrative sequences and it's really a shame that the whole book isn't like this, or mainly like this.it is nicely presented - i love it when graphic novels are enhanced by nice book design. this one has a green hard cloth cover with rounded corners and gold embossing - making it look vintage in style - i suppose to match the era of the comics that wimbledon green collects. seth, the author, is friends with chris ware - whose book design is always brilliant. the 'about the author' blurb cites seth as a book designer in his own right.maybe this book would be more interesting if you were more familiar with the collector world. but somewhat enjoyable nonetheless. doing some reading on seth on the internet, i discover that he nearly always has characters who are collectors - "Collectors are interesting because they seek out things that no one cares about and find out the vital information regarding those items. They catalogue and interview related creators, manufacturers etc. They preserve important cultural items."

  • Josh
    2018-12-01 10:11

    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 a screwball comedy. (And there's even one character who looks strangely like Seth.) In a manner similar to Michael Chabon's brilliant Kavalier and Clay, Seth creates out of whole cloth a history of comics similar to our own. Fitting his own tastes, most of the comics are of the non-superhero variety, reflecting a much more ecletcic mix of genres. And despite its less-polished style, the artwork is classic Seth, with that beautiful clean line, use of simple shapes, loving attention to architectural detail, and his characteristic ink wash shading.

  • David
    2018-12-03 16:17

    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.

  • Never
    2018-11-16 13:26

    Oh Seth! This is so, so good! Thank you, Seth!

  • Paul
    2018-11-25 11:12

    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.

  • Norman
    2018-11-11 13:12

    Loved it!

  • Punk
    2018-11-13 07:58

    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 the artwork on it is all matte browns and greens, tiny one inch squares usually filled with a person or two and little to no background detail. In the forward, Seth calls it "good enough" for a book he put together on the fly and even admits he considers some of the characters ugly, but it's undeniably his quirky style, just simplified, and I found nothing ugly about it. It's not beautiful, certainly, but it's homey and whimsical. Seth isn't afraid of a blank panel with just a character walking, or thinking, and that's a refreshing change from superhero comics. It creates a pause very much characteristic of human thought and only adds to the sense that this is a documentary.Three stars -- I really liked the way the story was framed, told in pieces and broken up with small intermissions.

  • James
    2018-11-28 15:15

    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 very seriously, so the joy of this book is not in the outcome but the journey.The art is beautiful in a minimalist way, with small frames housing tiny images of ink, markers and watercolors. The colours are very dull - intentionally grey and brown to give the book a rustic and older feel. But it all comes together nicely and shows Seth's confident hand at his craft.Wimbledon Green is not for everyone. You should enjoy experimental comic art and minimalist cartooning for this one to bite. But I loved its simplicity and yet detailed design.

  • Sean Kennedy
    2018-11-17 10:21

    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 nostalgia for the past, and the need to keep it alive. They're fairytales about ordinary people. There are many graphic novels that I love. But none have the same effect on me as the work of Seth. / fanboy rant.

  • Loyd
    2018-11-25 15:20

    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
    2018-11-30 16:07

    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.

  • Vittorio Rainone
    2018-12-08 12:20

    Il tratto liquido, espressivo e nostalgico di Seth si mette al servizio di un mocumentary disegnato dedicato al "più grande collezionista di fumetti del mondo". Un modo per scherzare su ciò che gira intorno alle nuvole parlanti, "drammatizzandone" le dinamiche. Il risultato è particolare, e all'inizio ho un po' faticato a entrare nell'ottica, ma la struttura sfaccettata, le interviste a protagonisti o figure di contorno, e l'alternanza con capitoli dedicati interamente al protagonista, rendono la lettura varia e piacevole e aiutano a entrare in un contesto particolare. Che ben presto appassiona.L'approccio grafico si potrebbe definire un "Longshot comics con i disegni", perchè predominano pagine fittissime di vignette bipartite fra disegni (non in campo lungo, anzi, al contrario, prevalentemente primi piani) e testi con un (gioco forza) limitato numero di parole. Non mancano aperture, semi splash page, ma sono in netta minoranza.La sensazione complessiva, a fine volume, è di un divertissement fatto dannatamente bene.

  • Erin Britton
    2018-11-11 11:25

    This excellent graphic novel by 'Seth' isn't so much a story as an intriguing character study of the eponymous Wimbledon Green, self-professed Greatest Comic Book Collector in the world. The novel is a collection of short strips in which various characters, most of them fellow collectors, discuss the mysterious Mr Green and theorise on his mysterious disappearance. The art in Wimbledon Green is more simplistic in style than that found in other 'Seth' graphic novels (for example, It's A Good Life If You Don't Weaken is well worth a look) but has a wonderful retro feel about it.

  • El Usuario
    2018-11-11 08:08

    ¡La verdadera revolución narrativa está en los dibujitos! Comics 4 life!!(En realidad tenía mucho que no me emocionaba una lectura tanto. La estructura que emula el género documental le da un toque muy especial.)

  • Andrew
    2018-12-06 16:03

    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 all up in the air, driving the story forward with compelling deliciousness. Combine that with a madcap Golden Age-style adventure in the middle of the book and throw in a beautiful ending, and you have a truly memorable comic book that testifies to the power of the medium about which the story is written.As many say throughout the book, "HOO-RAY for Wimbledon Green!"

  • Batmark
    2018-12-02 13:13

    http://morethansuperhumans.blogspot.c...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 and somewhat mysterious gentleman who makes more enemies than friends among his fellow collectors. The book's episodic format is anchored by a few longer stories. The first main story is the tale of "The Wilbur R. Webb collection" (which echoes the famous real-life Edgar Church collection, also known as the Mile High collection), a collection of rare, pristine comic books from the '30s and '40s. Although Wimbledon's involvement with the collection is debated by the comic collecting community, he is nonetheless blamed for the resulting scandal when a disastrous auction of the comic books takes place in 1981.Seth pokes fun at his own persona in the book's second main story, which focuses on Jonah, "history's greatest comic book thief." Clearly modeling the character after himself, Seth describes Jonah (through one of the other characters) as a nostalgic type who thinks everything was better in the past. "He won't collect anything beyond the 1950s."The third main story focuses on several of the collectors' cloak-and-dagger search for The Green Ghost #1, a mythical comic book that may not ever have existed in the first place.Finally, the fourth main story is Wimbledon Green's impassioned thesis on Fine & Dandy, a short-lived series from the late '40s about two hobos, which Wimbledon considers to be the pinnacle of the comic book art form.As the cover of the book notes, this is "a story from the sketchbook of the cartoonist Seth." There is subsequently an unpolished quality to the book, as Seth readily admits, and yet it's clear that creating this material was very important to him--and in fact he mentions in the book's introduction that he often felt compelled to work on Wimbledon Green (a mere side project) even when more pressing deadlines loomed.Wimbledon Green is not unlike much of Chris Ware's work, particularly in terms of style and subject matter, yet the prevailing atmosphere in Wimbledon Green is not as bleak as in, say, Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth. Seth has softened the material's edges, determined instead to focus on the humor of his characters. Ultimately, Seth's love of nostalgia shines through, even as he makes fun of the poor unmarried men who obsessively collect what Seth himself finds so compelling.However, I would hesitate to recommend this book to anyone who isn't well-versed in the lore of comic book collecting, because I'm not convinced that Seth has succeeded in creating characters who can stand on their own without the benefit of some background knowledge of the industry in which they thrive. I personally found it quite entertaining, but It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken is definitely a superior work.

  • Maura
    2018-12-11 13:20

    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 to tell passion, nostalgia, playfulness and mystery in a documentary-like story of a remarkable man who - I am convinced- lives somewhere in the Canadian countryside, enjoying mellow afternoons in the road reading comic books under a maple tree. This is a simple, elegant and delightful read!

  • Liam
    2018-11-27 16:09

    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 including the appropriate depth of curvature to every edge of the object. Take the front cover: the moustache and belly are made grand by the stroke thickness—to draw these with more uniformly thick lines would remove all emphasis and character.Seth sticks to two-tone colouring often: white as light and another colour as 'colour'. It is unusual to me to see panels coloured with a minority of light as opposed to a minority of shadow. Also, the use of lighting here is complex relative to the simple drawings: the smallest shadows are included and angled in ways which makes them noticeable. They also enhance they already minimalist outlines: light on top surface of a radio indicates both the room lighting and time of day (details never drawn) for a room that exists for maybe two panels. Though Seth declares "I made it up page by page as I drew it out", the consistent strength here is these elements of his artwork, which remain consistent (and to me consistently good) despite his apologies. Though he has adopted Chris Ware's style of short strips for a long story (as mentioned in the foreword), Ware builds character on a much more personal level—the anecdotes of Wimbledon Green accumulate and intrigue but they do not really 'evoke feeling/empathy/personability/sympathy'. In this way, to me, they resemble a farcical rendition of comic strips for characters with mythical status (super hero comics) rather than approaching the everyday personal realities of real people.

  • Jordan
    2018-11-29 12:23

    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 -redondeados-.Eso en cuanto a esa edición, es mi primer libro de Seth -Gregory Gallant- es un experimento narrativo muy particular en cuanto a su construcción, pues sin hacer spoiler del contenido me atrevería a decir que es un compilación de historias en apariencia inconexas, pero que en profundidad tendrás mucho más valor del que uno espera, son divertidas, hilarantes por momentos, reflexivas y hasta por momentos se tornaran personales, y por que no verlo casí como el mismo autor lo indica en el epilogo/introducción -pues el tiene cierta inclinación a como debemos tomar esa primera inicial de texto- algo autobiográfico pues nunca ningun contenido estará libre de posiciones y/u opiniones de su autor -en mi humilde opinión, pues al escribir/dibujar siempre dejamos algo de nosotros tras esa senda-.Es agrabable la intención no explicita que al leerse uno busca en el texto-imagén, pues de antemano sabemos que no es una historia construida de la manera mas habitual.Comparto 2 de las paginas que han resultado para mí, más conmovedoras y memorables.

  • Jeremy
    2018-11-27 10:07

    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 and impressionable young Cobain thought was brilliant enough to scrawl in a notebook while sulking in his bedroom. We're reminded of our own past failed attempts at creating something worthwhile, and encouraged to see that the ranks of the published and revered are, sans editor/producers, positively loaded with terrible ideas. From what little I know of this Seth guy, he strikes me as, though not entirely unapproachable, rather exacting and proud, so it surprises me that he'd put out something so admittedly rushed. The cover and presentation, however, are quite attractive in the author's preferred antiquated manner, and, judging from the still well-above-average artwork, Seth's definition of slapdash would likely not resemble yours or mine. The author's love for older comics, with their amusingly outdated exclamations of surprise and strangely mollifying intrigue, is nicely and enthusiastically conveyed. Otherwise, far too many of the strips consist of panel after panel of talking heads, all adding their two cents to a mild character study spoof with only a handful of intriguing moments and a smile or two. Either he's stuck and has nothing more polished to offer, or he's trying to lighten up. Whatever the case, Seth's "Wimbledon Green" is a prime example of a work with its heart in the right place, a shaggy dog valentine perhaps best looked upon as an impetus to seek out the real deal.

  • Miguel Jiménez
    2018-12-06 10:08

    "¿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 en eso: juntar cómics y ser el mayor coleccionista del mundo, como es Wimbledon Green.Daría la impresión de que el tono de la novela gráfica se movería entre la alegría y la extrema amabilidad, dejando de lado un punto fundamental de la realidad como lo sería la tristeza o el resentimiento. Sin embargo, el dibujante Seth fabrica de forma magistral dichas sensaciones a través de la estructura de la historia. Estaría de más señalar cómo resuelve esto, lo que importa es que lo hace, incluso repuntando la historia.Wimbledon Green es, ante todo, una expresión directa hacia lo que significan los cómics y las personas que se sumergen en ellos. Por ejemplo, cultivar un gran cariño hacia aquellas historias que tan buenos ratos te pudieron hacer pasar. Pero sobretodo, el momento en que te ocurrieron, como puede ser la infancia. También aparece la obsesión y lo que se hace para conseguir ese cómic.Algo llamativo es el reconocimiento que comparte -en la introducción del libro- el autor canadiense Seth hacia sus colegas estadounidenses del cómic alternativo, como Daniel Clowes o Chris Ware. Señala su admiración, así como la inspiración para hacer cosas semejantes. Si se creería su comentario tiene algo de envidia -sea mala o buena, es igual- o algo semejante, su misma obra Wimbledon Green, dibuja una inusual sencillez de quien acepta como ejemplo a sus contemporáneos.

  • Stephanie Griffin
    2018-12-01 14:19

    4.5 starsWimbledon 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 narrators, each using a page or two to talk directly to the reader about his opinions and recollections regarding Mr. Green and their fellow collectors. Seth’s use of vignettes and short stories put together to form a larger picture works well here.Having formerly been one of the collecting world’s inhabitants, I can declare that the characters in Wimbledon Green do exist in the real world. Some are nice, some are sleazy, some are quiet, some are nosy, but mostly they just like what they’re doing and hope that you share their excitement for their chosen obsession.Aside from the story itself, I loved the presentation of the book. The embossed green hardcover is printed with copper and black ink. Inside, the paper is of very good quality, with rounded corners which match the cover.My favorite story is the one where the auto gyro crashes and Green loses his memory, and I really liked the characters speaking to the reader.I’ve not read any other graphic novels by Seth, but he is a popular Canadian cartoonist. He did the artwork for Lemony Snicket’s Who Could That Be at This Hour?, a recent acquisition of mine. I fell in love with the art, not even knowing that Seth had done it!This book is a treasure in its own right. Highly recommended!

  • Dominick
    2018-11-29 13:59

    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 who he says he is), others in a third-person narrative. It's very self-conscious and meta in how it explores the construction of character and the importance of comics, simultaneously using and parodying comics narrative conventions. A couple of long sequences, especially, present comic book collectors as James Bond-like figures possessed of inestimable wealth and fancy vehicles (private planes and trains!), and who engage in complex cross and double-cross skulduggery in their quests for rare comics. Often very funny, sometimes baffling, and (surprisingly) at times even moving. I do wish the visuals opened up a bit more, though; there are a LOT of tiny tiny panels here. Nevertheless, well worth reading for any comics fan. Except for ones with a thin skin about comics collecting, anyway.

  • Jeff
    2018-12-02 16:27

    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 age comics, and although the series they collect are fictitious, it's obvious that the rare books they lust for are the usual juvenile superhero and funny animal titles.[return][return]What really makes Wimbledon Green so enjoyable is Seth's obvious sympathy for his somewhat pathetic characters. Moreover, the author pulls off the handy trick of telling the story from a variety of perspectives, allowing equal narrative time to most of the major collectors who proceed to fill out Wimbledon Green's complicated back story. Seth even manages to inject a cameo of himself into the picture, and has a gentle laugh at himself in doing so. Overall, this is a very worthwhile title, and a gentle introduction to the unique world of Seth.

  • Lissibith
    2018-12-07 08:12

    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 collector, I think there are some bits of this that just don't resonate with me the way they will with some people. But the disconnected way the story was told - through interviews with fellow collectors, sellers, comic shop owners and others, along with regular narrative comics - made the story more of a puzzle to piece together than one to just read, and I really appreciated that. It was a great meditation on why people collect things, what they're looking for in their collection, and how impassioned they can get about something that's ultimately not that important. But it's important to THEM, for various reasons. While the art isn't great and the lettering was a little hard for me to read at times, it was a quick, fascinating read and I may have to seek out more by this creator.

  • Carolyn
    2018-12-01 08:03

    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, there is a simple, clean beauty to Seth's style that never fails to convey emotion). Wimbledon was done in Seth's self ascribed sketchbook style. His little preamble indicated that this was a quick piece of explortory work, an homage even to Chris Ware, and I found it lacked the control you see in the illustrations typical of Seth.I have to admit I really enjoyed this alternative style. There was an absence of restraint in his layouts, the colours fell outside the lines, and the lettering was just not so precise. It just felt more... fluid. I did however notice a couple lettering errors and I have to wonder, did Seth do those intentionally? P.S. It was a little treat spotting Jocko again, tucked into the final feature "Wimbledon Green".