In his first graphic novel, "It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken", Seth pays homage to the wit and sophistication of the magazine cartoon. Disaffected by the crassness of contemporary culture, Seth takes refuge in a quest to uncover the life and work of Kalo, a forgotten New Yorker cartoonist from the 1940s, but his obsession blinds him to his increasingly withdrawn lover and the quiet desperation of his family. Charming old-fashioned style characterizes this gently wry modern quest tale about longing, anxiety and the lessons of nostalgia.
First published 2007.
This new edition presents Seth's first book in its definitive form, collecting the extensive, beautifully illustrated storyline from his popular comic-book series Palookaville.