Saturday, July 18, 2009
I loved It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken, but this is Seth's best one yet. The book is huge -- not in thickness, but in height and width -- it's hard not to feel like a child when reading it. It takes such a slow, careful, thoughtful approach to the characters and story, in a way that only the medium of comics can achieve, telling so much without words or motion. And the large pages allow for an immersion that isn't possible any other way. I think what makes this book stand out is how the character of George Sprott is both unusual and accessible at the same time. This is a book about failure -- about living with ones own weaknesses and failings, about how we all do this, about how we have no other choice. My mind keeps returning to it -- there is something so poignant and important in George's dream of the arctic. This will stay with me for a long time.