Join Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer, on a leisurely stroll past The Institute for Soup-Nut Research and The Municipal Birthmark Registry. Savor the smell of a phone booth, circa 1961. Sign up for a guided tour of the oldest continually vacant storefront in America. Attend a championship grave-digging competition, or, should you feel you’ve wasted yet another day, you can check in for help at a local Misspent Youth Center.
In The Beauty Supply District, a new twenty-four-page story, Knipl attends an evening concert and unwittingly enters the world of wholesale empathizers and chiaroscuro brokers who make the decisions critical to the production of aesthetic pleasure in all its forms—from the shape of an olive jar to the score of a string quartet.
“He produces small and absolutely exquisite narratives, all set in a city very much like New York, though his New York is somehow more charming, more gently surreal.” —Dave Eggers, The New York Times Book Review
“An irresistable scrapbook of snapshots whose subjects are as familiar as they are improbable.” —The New Yorker
“Katchor creates whimsically poetic comic strips out of the observational found-verse he extracts from the pettry commercial economy at the grungy low end of classic city life. . . . A hands-down brilliant comics collection by one of America’s most entertaining and intellectually satisfying cartoonists.” —Publishers Weekly (Starred review)