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Ben Katchor (b. 1951) is an American cartoonist best known for his comic strip Julius Knipl, Real Estate

Photographer. He has contributed comics and drawings to The New Yorker and The New York Times. In Michael

Chabon's collected essays, Maps and Legends, (McSweeney's Books, 2008, San Francisco), Chabon describes

Katchor as "the creator of the last great American comic strip."

In 1993, Katchor was the subject of a lengthy profile by Lawrence Weschler in The New Yorker.[1]

and an extended

essay by John Crowley in The Yale Review, 1998.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Katchor was an early contributor to RAW. He edited and published two issues of

Picture Story, which featured his own work with articles and stories by Peter Blegvad and Jerry Moriarty.

Julius Knipl

Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer paints an evocative picture of a slightly surreal, historical New York City

with a decidedly Jewish sensibility. Julius Knipl has been published in several book collections including Cheap

Novelties: The Pleasure of Urban Decay and The Beauty Supply District. Other serialized comics by Katchor include

The Jew Of New York (collected and published as a graphic novel in 1998), The Cardboard Valise, Hotel & Farm

and "Shoehorn Technique".

Katchor wrote and illustrated a "weeklong electronic journal" for Slate in 1997, and he contributed articles to the

now-defunct Civilization: The Magazine of the Library of Congress. His comics have been translated into French,

Italian, German and Japanese. He currently produces a monthly strip for Metropolis Magazine. [2]

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Awards

He won an Obie Award for his collaboration with Bang on a Can on The Carbon Copy Building, a "comic book

opera" based on his writings and drawings that premiered in 1999. The same year, he was the subject of Pleasures of

Urban Decay, a documentary by the San Francisco filmmaker Samuel Ball. The first cartoonist to receive a

MacArthur Fellowship, Katchor has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a fellow of the American

Academy in Berlin.

Theater

Katchor has written several works of musical theater, including The Rosenbach Company (a tragi-comedy about the

life and times of Abe Rosenbach, the preeminent rare-book dealer of the 20th century);The Slug Bearers of Kayrol

Island, or, The Friends of Dr. Rushower, an absurdist romance about the chemical emissions and addictive

soft-drinks of a ruined tropical factory-island; and "A Checkroom Romance," about the culture and architecture of

coat-checkrooms. All feature music by Mark Mulcahy.

Katchor also gives "illustrated lectures" at colleges and museums accompanied by slide projections of his work. He

is an associate professor at Parsons.[3]

Bibliography

•The Cardboard Valise (Pantheon Books, 2011)

•Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District (Pantheon Books, 2000)

•The Jew of New York (Pantheon Books, 1998)

•Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories (Little, Brown & Co., 1996)

•Cheap Novelties: The Pleasures of Urban Decay (Penguin, 1991)

•Picture Story 2 (editor and contributor) (self-published, 1986)

References

[1]Lawrence Weschler, "A Wanderer in the Perfect City," New Yorker, 9 August 1993, 58-66,

[2]http://www. metropolismag.com

[3]Parsons, The New School. (http://www.newschool. edu/parsons/faculty. aspx?id=48877)

External links

•Homepage (http://www. katchor. com/)

•Ben Katchor blog (http://benkatchor. wordpress. com/)

•Author page at Random House (http://www. randomhouse. com/pantheon/graphicnovels/catalog/author.

pperl?authorid=15143)

•Comics Research Bibliography page on Ben Katchor (http://www. rpi. edu/~bulloj/search/KATCHOR. html)

accessed June 12. 2006

•Lambiek: Ben Katchor (http://lambiek. net/artists/k/katchor. htm)

•Slate: Katchor's "electronic journal" (http://www. slate. com/id/3733/entry/24714/)

•Bang on a Can: The Carbon Copy Building (http://www. bangonacan. org/carboncopy. html)

•Vineyard Theatre: The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island (http://www. vineyardtheatre. org/1/show-slug-bearers.

htm)

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