Esky's long lost brother?

Esky, Esquire’s mascot, was born in 1934. He has featured on more than 500 copies of the magazine, and appears every month on our cover, graces our Twitter page and look top left, there he is again. Well, Esky may well be in for a shock.

We cannot be the only ones who have noticed the uncanny similarities between Esky and a certain George Sprott, minor television presenter from Ontario and cartoon star of the New York Times Magazine. Sprott is the creation of of Seth (aka Gregory Gallant), and in this stunning new graphic novel, George Sprott 1984-1975, we are introduced to him in the last year of his life at the age of 81.

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Exploring themes of time, identity, loss and the persistence of memory, we are presented a review of Sprott's fluctuating life through old interviews, flashbacks and personal reminiscences. And as the story progresses we learn a great deal more about a character who initially appears to be little more than a washed-up relic of a bygone world.

Seth has written a number of other books, including Clyde Fans, It’s a Good Life if You Don’t Weaken and Wimbledon Green. The award winning illustrator’s work has also graced the cover of the New Yorker. Esky, meanwhile, remains defiantly Esquire's. Stephen Isaacs-Wilson

George Sprott (1894-1975) by Seth (Jonathan Cape) is published on 13 May