The G. N. B. Double C.: The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists
This unpolished story drawn from the sketchbook of the Guelph artist Seth is both a companion to his earlier graphic novel about the comic collector Wimbledon Green and a stand-alone guided tour through the last century of Canadian comics. As so often in Seth’s work, the notion of the collector as a preserver of the past is wed to a vision of Canada as a place almost frozen in time, his monumental city blocks as solid and seemingly eternal as the landscapes of forest and snow. But set against the heavy visual architecture is an abiding sense of mortality, the brevity of life and the transience of fame. The Brotherhood is an institution that offers a spirit of reconciliation within its halls, at least for those who still want to visit.