Aaron journeys to Inkwell’s End, the home and studio of Canadian award-winning cartoonist Seth (Palookaville, Clyde Fans, It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken, Wimbledon Green, George Sprott) in Guelph, Ontario Canada. In doing so, he steps into a time-warp and a space Seth best describes as, “post war-kitsch.” Think your grandma’s house if the furniture was still pristine, the radio still worked and toys from the early 20th century lined the walls. It’s all just another aspect of the extremely well-crafted and curated personal brand that is Seth – a man who consciously harkens back to a certain formality in the way he dresses and conducts himself. Seth reveals how his love of this early 20th century aesthetic is rooted in his relationship with his older parents. He also discusses what it was like to not like who he was as a young person and consciously build a new identity for himself. Then, what he went through training others to accept that new identity. Even now he struggles with being an attention seeker who doesn’t like attention. A true iconoclast, Seth details his artistic influences in comics, but also emphasizes the importance of having artistic works that aren’t for public consumption. Meanwhile, Seth is constantly interrogating his own artistic process and deeply questions why he likes what he does and why he does what he does at all times. This episode sponsored by Hairy Tarantula.

Drawn and Quarterly (Seth’s publisher)

A video tour of Inkwell’s End (Macleans Magazine)

Seth’s Dominion (A National Film Board of Canada documentary on Seth)

Mr. X (Vortex Publishing)

Renann Isaacs Gallery of Contemporary Art

Every. Now. Then: Reframing Nationhood (an exhibition featuring Seth at the Art Gallery of Ontario June 29 – February 18, 2017)

Crown Barbershop (Owned and operated by Seth’s wife Tania Van Spyk)

Seth’s Influences Mentioned:

Love and Rockets

The New Yorker Cartoons (Peter Arno, Charles Addams, etc.)

Episode Sponsor:

Hairy Tarantula


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