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Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Storiesby Ben Katchor
I first became aware of Katchor's sublime black and white strips in the pages of Art Spiegelman's Raw magazine. "(His) picture stories speak a sad, beautiful clarity," R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe once remarked. Compiled from strips published in The Forward between 1994 and 1997, Katchor's third collection of stories from New York real estate photographer Julius Knipl is peopled mostly by men who hold in high regard the urban land-scape of the past and the obsolete artifacts and ideals that once held sway. Discover the motives behind such whimsical business ventures as the Normalcy Parfume Company and the Rencher Memorial Library. Pay your last respects to Professor Dombay Fecol, hair tamer, meet the friends of Dr. Rushtower and, of course, don't forget to wander into the Beauty Supply District, a twenty-four page story exclusive to this collection.
A great collection of poignant cartoon vignettes of another time.
Synopses & Reviews
Dumpy, middle-aged Julius Knipl wanders the city's forgotten boulevards, photographing buildings and pondering the quirky minutiae and overlooked detritus of urban life: the reflections in freshly glazed cheese danish; the distant clanking of an underground metal-stamping factory; the distinct odor of bottles floating in the dark. The Knipl stories collected here — some a single strip, some many pages long, and most never before published — resurrect a last metropolis and its residents, summoning up half-forgotten yesterdays and celebrating the surreal substrate of the quotidien.
"[Katchor] has written a funny, touching and compassionate ode to the city and the anonymous people who live there." The New York Times
"I'm convinced that...Ben Katchor is the most poetic, deeply layered artist ever to draw a comic strip." The New York Times Book Review
"Katchor...has been doing for comics what Proust did for the novel." The New Yorker
About the Author
Ben Katchor's Julius Knipl comic strips appear weekly in newspapers across the county. Radio sketches based on the strip, starring Jerry Stiller, have been featured on NPR's Weekend Edition. The author of one previous collection of Knipl cartoons, Cheap Novelties, he lives in New York City.
Michael Chabon is the author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and The Wonder Boys.
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