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Get Into This Book into this book Katchor definitely has a uniue style and I CONSIDERED UITTING THIS RIGHT AWAY considered uitting this right away a while though I came to realize that he was providing a savvy wry commentary on societal change which he usually found not for the better Using the transition of veryday objects the shape of home building architecture technological advances the transition from flame to lectric candles tc Katchor details and in a way mourns the state of civilization at "that moment As this book spans many years worth of drawings it "moment As this book spans many years worth of drawings it a fascinating timeline over at least 20 years This isn t a book for someone looking for a light Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health easy happy read It has humor and fun to be sure but it the point made is definitely to be serious and think harder about the things we use and the way we use them There is a lot of waste in the world and there s just no need for it This is a great book for thenvironmentally or design conscious or politicos who need a break from MSNBC If you ve ver read Julius Knipl Real Estate Photographer or other strips Ben Katchor publishes in free weeklies you know the crumbling sooty urban core in which his characters ply obscure trades at the dge of relevance Hand Drying in America his latest collection plays out in the wider arena of the man made Cause Of Fear environment From the stolid Serpentine Bank for Savings now the Ping Tung Market to the bold mirrored finish of the Poleax Building or the important work of The Committee for Architectural Neglect Katchorxplores what our structures say about us and how we live with them Katchor s world is one of details writ large The Crumb Trap The Cracked Cup Inspect A large approximately one suare foot book jam packed with stories one xtends across the front and back ndpapersIt is almost impossible to discuss Ben Katchor s work without using words like innovative and R property influences and reflects cultural values Here are window ledge pillows designed xpressly for people watching and a forest of artificial trees for sufferers of hay fever The Brotherhood of Immaculate Consumption deals with the matter of products that outlive their owners; a school of dance is based upon the choreographic motion of paying with cash; high visibility construction ves. So we ve reached this curious point where we ve got graphic novelcomic collections of an artist s take on urban planning architecture and modern culture But seriously most of this book revolves around architectureI m xcited to see the medium get to this pointPossibly a little less xcited by the book itself It was just a slowish read And frankly often the pictures were not terribly descriptive I found it to be xactly like those vague yet brilliant architectural statements you hear The architect was hoping to infuse a sense of the unmade bed when he designed this structure Kind Of Hilarious Kind of hilarious Kind weird Kind of necessary to have captions Maybe that s a statement on architecture Maybe that s how architecture and its artist statements captions and conceptualizations make themselves known in a comic I don t knowIt really is funny and often thoughtful Peculiar also Katchor is the curator of the petty grotesueries of urban "LIFE AND CAPITALISM THE BROTHERHOOD OF IMMACULATE CONSUMPTION ALMOST "and capitalism The Brotherhood of Immaculate Consumption Almost his trembly lines ncase a sedate wash of darker colors Nothing is truly bright and shadow is king I m impressed by his diction mallow pink and his background tongue in cheek smart assery But his artifice and modern pretense is stripped down via his over the top jokery to the downright lie Each gambit in his metaphors is built on real motion a curmudgeon s hate of uselessness a nail biter s fear of betrayal and the lazy lackadaisical adventure seeking dreams of those in white collars or receiving retirement checks Throughout the book the power of architecture is held up ridiculed and worshipped ven as he mocks it the syntactical translation of artistic an historic beauty cannot be denied My favorite strips or vignettes are The Miniature Trash Can The Body Heat Snatcher The Tragic History of the Oversized Magazine Fayoum s Finger Peabald s Field Guide to Air Conditioners of North Am. From one of the most original and imaginative American cartoonists at work today comes 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 centuryBen Katchor a master at twisting mundane commodities into surreal objects of social significance now takes on the many ways ou. Urreal The stories are almost hyper real as they involve small ideas taken to absurd xtremes and the world that creates A man whose job is to break chairs by "sitting in An pidemic of people trying to cross rooms without touching the floor A "in them An pidemic of people trying to cross rooms without touching the floor A whose roof REFLECTS THE STATE OF THE BED INSIDE THE TIME the state of the bed inside The time comfy feather Eyes elbow pillows almost lead to theradication of television Although they work in slightly different genres I would put Ben Katchor in the same category with James Howard Kunstler Their subject is the built nvironment and what it does to the human soul This is the most creative work I ve read in a while It is a guidebook approx 160 comics ach comic is a collection of descriptive statements about a parallel surreal world Leaving a session immersed in this book felt like waking up from a dream and the accompanying vague recall of disjointed thoughts that kinda sorta have a common theme No book has made me feel like this book left me feeling A world where people watch a highway grand prix keeping track of the stats of common folk people who visit particular types of doorways around the world a museum for souvenirs a world that Sinner's Heart employs people to open those annoying self serve sized containers an unmarked pipe all occupants left alone until one couldn t take it any drilling leading to de pressurization of a citie s soft serve supply A chuckle forvery page of this hefty coffee table collection of graphic ssays I thought to myself freuently Yes I feel that way also about various annoying contemporary vents like the systematic downgrading of fabric uality and uantity in trousers I notice that women s pants pockets have become non functional due to their shallow or totally fake nature On the pretense of showing a cle I have been plowing my way through dozens of Spirit of the Wolf experimental art comics many of them awesome by several artists including Jesse Jacobs. Ts are marketed to lonely people as a method of getting noticed With cutting wit Katchor reveals a world similar to our own lives are defined by possessions consumerism is a kind of spirituality but also slightly fabulously askew Freuently and brilliantly bizarre and always mesmerizing Hand Drying in Americansures that you will never look at a building a bar of soap or an ATM the same way.