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Thursday, 9 April 2015

All the Seth you need: The Walrus Talks, Palookaville #22, and more!

Mark your calendars folks, you definitely won't want to miss the latest instalment of The Walrus Talks, a discussion series hosted by the great Canadian literary magazine. The event, happening Monday, April 20th, at 7:30 PM at the D. B. Clarke Theatre (Concordia University, 1455 Boul. de Maisonneuve), will cover the ins and outs of bringing cities to life through art, culture, heritage, and design.

D+Q author Seth will be joining a panel full of extraordinary talent, including novelist Terry Fallis, playwright and screenwriter Steve Galluccio, Nantali Indongo (of Nomadic Massive and cofounder of the educational initiative Hip Hop No Pop), and many others.

Held all over Canada, The Walrus Talks typically bring together eight speakers, offering lively and inspiring thinking from a wide array of perspectives, followed by receptions for attendees and participants. The topics range from vice, to creativity, to the Arctic, to being human, and this event, all about how to animate a city through culture, promises to be a fascinating conversation.

Seth, for this part, is best known for his comics series Palookaville, as well as his mock-autobiographical graphic novel It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken.

He was the subject of the 2014 documentary Seth's Dominion (awarded the grand prize for best animated feature at the Ottawa International Animation Festival). A magazine illustrator and book designer, he has also worked on the complete collection of Charles M. Schulz's Peanuts, as well as other comic icons John Stanley and Doug Wright. He has been featured in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, the Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries, and has teamed up with Lemony Snicket for a new YA series, All the Wrong Questions.

And in case you were hankering for more, April 21st will bring us the latest from Seth, Palookaville #22. Bringing readers back to the world of Dominion, Ontario, the lush-hardcover edition (complete with green foil and meticulous design) continues to explore the past and a Canada unique to the idiosyncratic artist.

A mix of comics and art, Seth weaves together beloved stories and characters. Abe and Simon Matchard of Clyde Fans are back, watching the painful disintegration of their family business and rekindling old flames. Chapter two of his autobiographical serial "Nothing Lasts" revisits Seth's small town Ontario childhood, and there is also a photo essay chronicling the fictional history of the (real) Crown Barber shop in Guelph. Loss and nostalgia are palpable in this powerful new offering by one of Canada's greats.

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