Friday, June 1, 2012

George Sprott and the Dominion City by Seth

Last week I finished reading another book by Seth titled as 'George Sprott'. It deals about a Small town TV showman called George Sprott who for most of his life time spent shooting videos in the Arctic and later airing it on TV for the audience. His show which once was a popular air time slowly started to fade away in its last stages but still clinging on to its cult followers. The story has been put together through interviews, anecdotes, flashbacks, dream sequences and a few more other narrative tools. The various viewpoints coming together to patch a story together gives an overall weight of the character, his charm and traumas. It helps the reader's mind to approach the character of George Sprott from the eyes of many who may have despised or loved him in small to sumptuous amount. But there is one thing where Seth has taken the medium a notch up by creating the mock up of the whole environment. Each of the sections in the book are separated by the pictures of cardboard houses, shops, restaurants, broadcasting office, theatre and all the elements that create an architecture of a city called Dominion where George Sprott comes from. It creates the ghost town that exists in Seth's head when he is making his characters walk through its streets. The full model of the city was up on display and I got a few photographs from the Drawn & Quarterly site to share it with you all.

You can take a look at the full series and the room in was up on display from this flickr link - Seth: Dominion City


  1. Somesh.. Thanks for introducing me to Seth and "George Sprott". I found it fascinating reading so far.

    Strangely enough I am familiar with the towns Seth grew up in and where he lives. I still have relatives in "Guelph", including my aunt.


    1. That's great. You should read 'It's a good life, if you don't weaken' by Seth too. It's a small autobiography about Seth looking for an artist named 'Kalo'. A very good read and he talks a bit about his hometown too from what I reckon.