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Seth (cartoonist)

Born Gregory Gallant
(1962-09-16) September 16, 1962
Clinton, Ontario
Nationality Canadian
Area(s) Cartoonist, Writer, Artist
Pseudonym(s) Seth
Notable works

Seth is the pen name of Gregory Gallant (born September 16, 1962), a Canadian cartoonist best known for his series Palookaville and his mock-autobiographical graphic novel It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken (1996).

Seth's cartoons in a style influenced by the classic cartoonists of The New Yorker. His work is highly nostalgic, especially for the early-to-mid-20th Century period, and of Southern Ontario. His work also shows a great depth and breadth of knowledge of the history of comics and cartooning.


  • Personal life 1
  • Career 2
  • Graphic novels 3
  • Model buildings 4
  • Awards 5
  • Bibliography 6
    • Books and collections 6.1
    • Other 6.2
  • References 7
  • Works cited 8
  • External links 9

Personal life

Seth was born Gregory Gallant in Clinton, Ontario, Canada.[1] He attended the Ontario College of Art in Toronto.[2] As of 2004, he lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife Tania.[1]


Seth, then living in Toronto, first drew attention to his work in 1985 when he took over art duties from the Hernandez brothers for Mister X from Toronto publisher Vortex Comics. In April 1991 he launched his own comic book, Palookaville, with Montreal publisher Drawn and Quarterly. By this time, Seth's artwork had evolved to a style inspired by The New Yorker cartoons of the 1930s and 1940s.[3]

He is also a magazine illustrator and book designer, perhaps best known for his work designing the complete collection of Charles M. Schulz's classic comic strip Peanuts. The books, released by Fantagraphics Books in 25 separate volumes (so far) combine Seth's signature aesthetic with Schulz's minimalistic comic creation. Similarly, he is designing the Collected Doug Wright, and the John Stanley Library.

Seth's illustration work includes the cover artwork for Aimee Mann's album Lost in Space (2001) and the jacket and French flaps for the Penguin Classics Portable Dorothy Parker (2006).[4]

Clyde Fans, the story of two brothers whose trade in electric fans suffers and eventually goes out of business from the failure to adapt to the rise of air conditioning, was serialized in Palooka-ville. Seth's short graphic novel Wimbledon Green, about an eccentric comic-book collector, was published in November 2005.

Graphic novels

From September 2006 to March 25, 2007, Seth serialized a graphic novel titled George Sprott (1894–1975), for

  • Seth at the Comic Book DB

External links

  • Bongco, Mila (2000). Reading Comics: Language, Culture, and the Concept of the Superhero in Comic Books.  
  • Thalheimer, Anne (2010). "Seth". In Booker, M. Keith. Encyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels.  

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Works cited

  1. ^ a b Miller, Bryan (June 2004). "An Interview with Seth". Bookslut. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  2. ^ Thalheimer 2010, p. 560.
  3. ^ Bongco 2000, p. 199.
  4. ^ Thalheimer 2010, p. 561.
  5. ^ "Sequential | Canadian Comics News & Culture". Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  6. ^ "Drawn and quarterly". Drawn and quarterly. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  7. ^ Bryan Miller. "An Interview with Seth". Bookslut. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  8. ^ "Dorothy Parker Society". 2006-03-15. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
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  11. ^ Brownstein, Bill (9 October 2014). "The life of Seth, animated".  
  12. ^ Smith, Kenton (2011-12-23). "Cartoonists, too, wish things otherwise".  
  13. ^ a b "1997 Ignatz Award Recipients".  
  14. ^ "The Eisner Awards: Complete List of Past Winners—2005 Eisner Awards".  
  15. ^ "2005 Harvey Award Winners".  
  16. ^ Medley, Mark (2011-09-21). "Seth wins 2011 Harbourfront Festival Prize".  
  17. ^ "Seth wins Harbourfront Festival Prize".  


  • (2002) Inner Drawings and Cover Art for the Record Lost In Space by Aimee Mann, Super Ego Records.
  • (2004) Editing, Illustrations and cover art for "Bannock, Beans & Black Tea" by J. H. Gallant - Montreal: Drawn and Quarterly, ISBN 1-896597-78-5
  • (2005) Design and Inner drawings for "Christmas Days", by Derek McCormack, Anansi, 2005, ISBN 978-0-88784-193-4.
  • (2006) Forty Books of Interest: A Supplement to Comic Art No. 8
  • (2007) Design and Inner drawings for "Cocktail Culture", by Mark Kingwell, 2007, ISBN 978-1-84627-114-4
  • (2008) Design and Inner drawings for "The Idler's Glossary," by Joshua Glenn and Mark Kingwell, Biblioasis, 2008, ISBN 978-1-897231-46-3.
  • (2009) Cover of the Criterion Collection's DVD release of Leo McCarey's Make Way for Tomorrow (spine #505).
  • (2011) Design and Inner drawings for "The Wage Slave's Glossary," by Joshua Glenn and Mark Kingwell, Biblioasis, 2011, ISBN 978-1-926845-17-3.
  • (2013) Cover of the Criterion Collection's Blu-ray/DVD release of Charlie Chaplin's City Lights (spine #680).


Year Title Publisher ISBN Notes
1996 It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken Drawn and Quarterly originally serialized in Palookaville #4–9
2000 Clyde Fans: Part One
2001 Vernacular Drawings Sketchbook
2003 Clyde Fans: Part Two
2004 Clyde Fans: Book One Collects the same contents as Clyde Fans parts one and two
2005 Wimbledon Green
2009 George Sprott
2011 The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists
2012 Who Could That Be At This Hour? Little, Brown Written by Lemony Snicket
2013 When Did You See Her Last?
2014 File Under: 13 Suspicious Incidents
Shouldn't You Be In School?
2015 Why Is This Night Different from All Other Nights?

Books and collections


Year Organization Award for Award
1997 Ignatz Awards Outstanding Artist[13] Seth
Outstanding Graphic Novel or Collection[13] It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken
2005 Eisner Awards The Complete Peanuts Best Publication Design[14]
Harvey Awards Special Award for Excellence in Presentation[15]
2011 Authors at Harbourfront Centre Harbourfront Festival Prize[16][17] Seth

Seth has won a number of industry awards throughout is career, and in 2011 was honoured by being the first cartoonist to win the literary Harbourfront Festival Prize.[12]


Seth is the subject of the 2014 documentary film Seth's Dominion, which received the grand prize for best animated feature at the Ottawa International Animation Film Festival.[11]

In a collaboration between the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Seth, and RENDER, one of the buildings from Seth's Dominion City project has been re-built as a walk-in theatre in KW|AG’s Eastman Gallery

A selection of Seth's original models (studies for his fictional city, Dominion) was included in an exhibition at the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, AZ from April 21 through August 19, 2007.[10]

Seth's Dominion models on display at the Confederation Centre of the Arts in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Model buildings

Seth will be collaborating with children's novelist Lemony Snicket in his ongoing series The Wrong Questions, starting with Book One: Who Could That Be At This Hour? released October 23, 2012.[9]

Seth's artwork has landed on the cover of The New Yorker three times, which he said was a professional milestone he was happy to achieve.[8]

Seth's affection for early- and mid-20th century popular culture and his relative disdain for pop culture since then is a recurrent theme in his work, both in terms of the characters (who are often nostalgic for the period) and his artistic style.[7] Although, as a teenager, he was a vocal fan of mainstream superhero comics; he even had a couple of fan letters published.


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