Palookaville (comics)

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Publication information
Publisher Drawn and Quarterly
Schedule irregular
Format Ongoing series
Genre Alternative comics
Publication date April 1991
Creative team
Creator(s) Seth

Palookaville (also frequently appears as both Palooka-Ville and Palooka-ville) is a comic book written and drawn by cartoonist Gregory Gallant, better known as Seth, and published by Drawn & Quarterly. The first issue appeared in April 1991 and it has been irregularly published ever since. The comics are generally portrayals filled with lost, lonely characters searching for meaning, often reaching back into the past. They are known to be deeply affecting and almost indescribably weighty.

The series and its creator have won multiple industry awards, including the 1997 Ignatz Award for Outstanding Artist and for Outstanding Graphic Novel or Collection (for the It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken collection).[1]

The first 19 issues were published in traditional comic book (pamphlet) format approximately annually (from 1991 to 2008), while the 20th issue (2010) was published in much-expanded book (hardcover) format, and is now planned to continue in this format annually or semiannually (21st issue scheduled for 2012), owing to changes in the American comic book market, specifically the decline in sales of single-issue comic books during the decade 2000–2010.[2][3]

Publication history

Issues of Palookaville
# Date Major Story Notes
1 April 1991
  • 10th anniversary edition released in 2001 on smaller paper with silver cover
2 September 1991
3 June 1993
4 December 1993 It's a Good Life, If You Don't Weaken
5 May 1994
6 November 1994
7 April 1995
8 December 1995
9 June 1996
10 April 1997 Clyde Fans
11 October 1997
12 May 1998
13 July 1999
14 May 2000
15 May 2001
16 February 2003
17 2004
18 October 2005
19 2008
20 October 2010
  • First hardcover issue
21 October 2013[4]
22 April 2015[5]


  1. 1997 Ignatz Award Recipients
  2. Palookaville Volume 20, drawn and quarterly
  3. Introduction to Palookavilla #20, quoted at "Graphic Novel Friday: Enter the New Palookaville", by Alex Carr, November 12, 2010
  4. Released 2103 "Palookaville 21, Drawn & Quarterly"
  5. "Palookaville 22, Drawn & Quarterly"

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