Graphic Novel: Seth, Tamblyn a compelling interview duo at Wordsfest

Seth's graphic novel, Wimbledon Green

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As if you needed another reason to check out Wordsfest.

You’ll have a chance during this weekend’s London literary festival to take in a talk with Seth, the father of the confessional graphic-novel school and one of the giants of the medium. He will be interviewed by London graphic novelist Diana Tamblyn — who ain’t no slouch, either.

It’s part of the annual event’s In Conversation series, and I know for a fact that Tamblyn has been preparing furiously for the chat, which takes place Sunday afternoon in Museum London’s lecture theatre.

Graphic novelist Diana Tamblyn. (File photo)

You should make a point of attending.

Seth is known for such titles as It’s a Good Life If You Don’t Weaken and Wimbledon Green, although I suspect 100 years from now future curators may consider his latest effort, Clyde Fans, to be his masterpiece.

Seth works out his story ideas in his Palookaville comic series. In the sketchbook sections of the latest issues, he has drawn about his childhood in such places as Strathroy and Tilbury.

It was as a Grade 1 pupil in Strathroy that he discovered Merle Tingley when the Free Press editorial cartoonist visit Seth’s class.

“It was certainly the moment when I realized that cartoons were drawn by a real person and it was something you could do for a living when you grew up, if you practiced hard enough,” Seth recalled years later.

Tingley provides us with a through-line to Tamblyn.

She is the Forest City talent behind such titles as From the Earth to Babylon: Gerald Bull and the Supergun and Duty Must Be Done.

However, I know comic fans also consider the comic-arts extravaganza she has founded, the annual Tingfest (named in Tingley’s honour), at the Tap Centre for Creativity, to be an amazing contribution to this city’s social and arts calendar.

So as you can imagine, I’m excited about this weekend.

Putting Tamblyn and Seth together is the equivalent of dipping chocolate in peanut butter; it’s a combination that Londoners are going to be talking about for some time to come.

If you go

What: Seth in conversation with Diana Tamblyn, part of Wordsfest

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: Museum London lecture theatreLondon

Cost: Free