Seth’s North Star Talking Picture House

September 18, 2008

By Mike Landry
Seth's model for "The North Star Talking Picture House."

Seth's model for "The North Star Talking Picture House." photo K.J. Bedford, KW|AG.

When Seth picks up his phone after a few short rings, the bell inside his rotary phone can be heard still faintly pitching its antiquated tone. The phone, like the Guelph-based cartoonist’s fictional city, Dominion, is typical of Seth’s anachronistic nostalgia-laced style.

This melancholic take on the modern city is taking Waterloo by storm this week. University of Waterloo’s Render Gallery presents Seth’s model Dominion City, complete with new Hall of Records style faux documents. And the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery has built a new functional life-sized model of Dominion’s theatre.

“I tend to think small I work in a studio I’m a cartoonist I never think of doing anything large so it was an interesting opportunity for me,” says Seth. “It’s a lot bigger than I imagined. I made plans so people could build it, and even though I put measurements still, somehow, I didn’t imagine it being bigger than a garden shed.”

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