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Thursday, March 25, 2010

I concur.


The new issue of Quill & Quire interviews a dozen scholars in Canada, asking them to rebuild the canon of what Canadian books need to be taught. Professor Julie Rak of the University of Alberta opined for the inclusion of It's A Good Life, If You Don't Weaken stating:

"Along with his friend Chester Brown (whose Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip
Biography
could also be included on this list), Seth is one of the best
graphic novelists in the world. This book, a semi-autobiographical tale
about the artist's obsession with an obscure cartoonist, looks beautiful, walks a fine line between fiction and non-fiction, and has a compelling narrative that stands up to analysis and re-reading. It deserves to be canonized, even if it is not 'traditional' enough to ever win a Governor General's Literary Award or the Giller Prize."

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