Ben Katchor: The Deep Tub and Other Stories

Architecture Department Fall 2008 Lecture Series

Ben Katchor, born in Brooklyn in 1951 is an American cartoonist. His comic strip 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 and Hotel & Farm. He regularly contributes comics and drawings to the New Yorker, the New York Times, and Metropolis. He was a contributor to RAW and published and edited two issues of Picture Story magazine, which featured his own work along with illustrated articles and stories by Peter Blegvad and Jerry Moriarty. He wrote and illustrated a "weeklong electronic journal" for Slate in 1997 and contributed articles to the now-defunct Civilization: The Magazine of the Library of Congress. His comics have been translated into French, Italian, and Japanese. He currently draws a weekly strip, Shoehorn Technique, for the Forward. The first cartoonist to receive a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (the so-called "genius grant"), Katchor has also received a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a fellow of the American Academy in Berlin."