It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken
A Picture Novella
Drawn and Quarterly, Paperback, 9781896597706, 176pp.
Publication Date: July 1, 2003
List Price: $24.95*
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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.
"[Seth] invites the reader to linger cozily in his ruminative, patient stories, each of which grows from Seth's obsession with the past." --The Village Voice
"Rich, evocative...characterized by small moments revealing the author's sharp eye for detail" --The Globe and Mail