Continuing the new semiannual hardcover format for Palookaville in volume 21, Seth concludes part four of his ongoing Clyde Fans serial with fifty new pages. He presents a selection of sketchbook pages and pieces from his comic strip diary, which employs a mixture of hand-drawn panels and rubber stamps of his own work. Nothing from this diary has ever been published before. The inclusion of autobiographical comics will appeal to longtime readers of Seth’s work (with a style reminiscent of Wimbledon Green and content similar to the earliest issues of Palookaville and It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken), and reinforces this volume’s status as a stand-alone work, a collection of individual stories comprising an anthology of the different types of cartooning work Seth has done.
Palookaville #21 features an in-depth biographical profile of Jacques Gagnier, one of Canada’s cartooning giants. Seth’s loving gaze promises to save Gagnier’s work from obscurity, with reproductions of his clear line cartooning appearing in the profile.