New York cartoonist Ben Katchor is the author of The Cardboard Valise, Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District; and other works, and was the first cartoonist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship. His new book Hand Drying in America is a collection of graphic narratives on the subjects of urban planning, product design, and architecture—a surrealist handbook for the rebuilding of society in the twenty-first century. From window-ledge pillows designed expressly for people-watching to a school of dance is based upon the choreographic motion of paying with cash, Katchor’s stories inhabit a world similar to our own—lives are defined by possessions, consumerism is a kind of spirituality—but also slightly, fabulously askew. Katchor discusses his book with bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Nicholas Dawidoff, author of The Catcher Was A Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg and The Crowd Sounds Happy, among other works; a slide show of Katchor’s art will accompany the discussion.
686 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, NY 11217
Cartoonists/authors, Michael Kupperman and Ben Katchor, will be reading/signing their respective graphic novels, MARK TWAIN’S AUTOBIOGRAPHY 1910 – 2010, and THE CARDBOARD VALISE, during a Live Comix Block, MC’d by Jeff Newelt, at Book Court on Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 from 7:30-9:30PM.
163 Court Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Ben Katchor lectures on Tuesday March 29 at 7pm at the Corcoran Gallery.
Hailed by The New York Times as “the most poetic, deeply layered artist ever to draw a comic strip,” Ben Katchor has collected both a cult and mainstream following for his wry, perceptive, and slightly surreal comic strips of urban life. The author of The Jew of New York and Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer, Katchor’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Forward, and Metropolis. The first cartoonist to receive a MacArthur Fellowship, Katchor discusses The Cardboard Valise (Random House, 2011)—a whimsical graphic novel which follows the intertwined lives of three characters who travel to the fantastical nation of Outer Canthus. A book signing follows the talk.
500 Seventeenth Street NW, Washington, DC 20006