Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Wimbledon Green by Seth

In a story told from multiple points of view, readers piece together a puzzle regarding the identity of Wimbledon Green. Was he formerly known as Don Green? Is he now using the name H. Arbor Grove? One fact is not in question: he was the greatest comic book collector in the world. People who are obsessed with collecting items tend to be eccentric, and so we meet all kinds of unusual guys from the world of comic collectors.

This graphic novel has been around since 2005, but I was put off reading it because of the cover and because of the dense contents. Wimbledon Green is the cartoon character on the cover and he's drawn in the style of strips from about the 1930s or 1940s. (I'm not a fan of old comics.) Inside, Seth uses many panels per page; often 12 - 20, sometimes more. So each one is pretty small. Anyway, once I started actually reading instead of just flipping through the images, I was totally hooked. Each speaker is portrayed as if interviewed in a documentary. The whole thing comes together wonderfully. I loved it.

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