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Clyde Fans: Book 1 by Seth

Clyde Fans: Book 1

by Seth

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A compelling look at the life of two electric fan salesman, both brothers, by master cartoonist Seth. Clyde Fans promises to be one of the major graphic novel achievements of recent years. Seth is fast becoming one of the most recognized talents in the field since Chris Ware. Book One of this trilogy focuses on the lives of two brothers and their fan manufacturing company. After one more disastrous attempt at selling, Simon returns to the office defeated and unsure of what he'll do next. Even after studying manuals on the art of selling, he still can't seem to clinch that final deal. In the eyes of his brother Abraham, he is a failure. Here, Seth brilliantly explores the complex and fascinating relationship of the two brothers behind Clyde Fans… (more)



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A very melancholy story so far, broken into two parts focusing on the lives of a pair of brothers who never quite made it as salesmen, flogging electric fans all over Canada in the late twentieth century. Not as humorous as Seth's Wimbledon Green (which I also enjoyed) but a very powerful and moving story. The second part of the story focuses on Simon Matchcard and his futile attempts to become a salesman, while the first part presents his brother Abe's recollections on a failed business and his attempts to understand his brother Simon. On one level, it's a fairly depressing story, but on another level, Simon's story comes across as a sort of internal triumph over failure - in the face of something he's just not capable of doing (sales), he finds another outlet for his energy and passion. A deeply moving work, and highly recommended! ( )
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A salesman rushes into a busy executive's office, right past his flustered secretary.
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