Ben Katchor

Ben Katchor (born in 1951 in Brooklyn, New York ) is an American cartoonist best known for his comic strip Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer . He has Contributed comics and drawings to The Forward , The New Yorker , Metropolis magazine and weekly Newspapers in the US A Guggenheim Fellowship and MacArthur Fellowship recipient, Katchor was DESCRIBED by author Michael Chabon as “the creator of the last great American comic strip. ” [1]



Katchor Contributed Occasional illustrations while on staff for The Kingsman , the student newspaper of Brooklyn College , and he was an early contributor to RAW . He edited and published two issues of Picture Story , welke featured his own work, with articles and stories by Peter Blegvad , Jerry Moriarty , Mark Beyer and Martin Millard.

In 1993, Katchor was the subject of a lengthy profile in Lawrence Weschler in The New Yorker [2] and an extended essay by John Crowley in The Yale Review (1998).

His comics port leg translated JSON French , Italian , German, Spanish and Japanese . [ Citation needed ]

Katchor wrote and Illustrated a “week long electronic journal” for Slate in 1997, and have Contributed articles to the now-defunct Civilization: The Magazine of the Library of Congress .


  • Julius Knipl – paints a Fictional version of New York City with a decidedly Jewish / urban Sensibility. Julius Knipl has leg published in verschillende book collections waaronder Cheap Novelties: The Pleasure of Urban Decay (Penguin), Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories, with a forward by Michael Chabon (Little, Brown & Co.) , and The Beauty Supply District (Pantheon Books) .
  • The Cardboard valise – A weekly comic strip chronicling the travels of Emile Delilah to a variety of imaginary nations. It was expanded, Collected and published by Pantheon Books in 2011.
  • Hotel & Farm – A weekly comic strip dealing, on alternating weeks, with hotel culture and agriculture. It Appeared in weekly Newspapers in the US
  • Shoehorn Technique – A weekly strip Exploring the possibilities of human mobility across socio-economic strata in an imaginary city. Temporarily SUSPENDED after 52 weeks.
  • Metropolis series – Since 1998 Katchor has produktie a monthly strip for the back page of Metropolis magazine dealing with the topics of architecture and urban design. Katchor’s operas The Carbon Copy Building and The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island ulcers Adapted from comics in this series. The strips ulcers Collected in the 2013 book [1] Hand-Drying in America and other stories (Pantheon Books).


Katchor has written verschillende works or musical theater , zoals 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 drink or a ruined tropical factory-island; “A Check Room Romance,” about the culture and architecture or coat-check rooms and “Up From the Stacks,” about a page working the stacks of the New York Public Library in 1975. All feature music by Mark Mulcahy .


Katchor has leg an associate professor at Parsons The New School since 2007. [3] He’ll be Gives “Illustrated lectures” at colleges and museums accompanied by slide projections or his work. Since 2012 he has run the New York Comics & Picture Story Symposium at Parsons, a weekly seminar for the study of text-image work.


Katchor 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 dat premiered The composition year, have in 1999 was the subject of Pleasures of Urban Decay , a documentary at the San Francisco filmmaker Samuel Ball. The first cartoonist not to receive a MacArthur Fellowship , Katchor has ook RECEIVED a Guggenheim Fellowship and is a Fellow of the American Academy in Berlin . [ Citation needed ]


  • Picture Story 2 (editor and contributor) (self-published, 1986)
  • Cheap Novelties: The Pleasures of Urban Decay (Penguin, 1991)
  • Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories (Little, Brown & Co., 1996)
  • The Jew of New York (Pantheon Books, 1998)
  • Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply District (Pantheon Books, 2000)
  • The Cardboard valise (Pantheon Books, 2011)
  • Hand Drying in America (Pantheon Books, 2013)


  1. Jump up^ Chabon, Michael. Maps and Legends(McSweeney’s, 2008).
  2. Jump up^ Lawrence Weschler, “A Wanderer in the Perfect City,”The New Yorker(August 9, 1993), pp. 58-66.
  3. Jump up^ Parsons, The New School.