The Backstage of a Dishwashing Webshow


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$21.95  $20.19
Secret Acres
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8.3 X 0.7 X 9.1 inches | 1.2 pounds
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About the Author

Keren Katz is an Israeli-born cartoonist, writer, and the non-fictitious half of The Katz Sisters Duo. She is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts's MFA Illustration Program. She is the author of the Academic Hour (Secret Acres), nominated for the SPX Ignatz Award for Outstanding Graphic Novel. Her illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, the Brooklyn Rail, Ink Brick and Time Out and her short stories have been published by NOW, Locust Moon Comics and the Graphic Canon of Children's Literature: The World's Greatest Kids' Lit as Comics and Visuals (Seven Stories Press). Keren Katz lectures regularly in Israel and in Europe. In the US, she has presented at the Parsons School of Design, the New School, the School of Visual Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania. Katz is a Center for Cartoon Studies fellow, and recipient of the SVA Alumni Society 2013 Micro-Grant, the Sequential Artists Workshop's 2014 Micro Grant, the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art's 2015 Silver Medal and Award of Excellence, the 2018 Slate Book Review and the Center for Cartoon Studies sixth annual Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Print Comic (The Academic Hour) and the Cartoon Crossroad Columbus Emerging Talent Prize.


The book is so rich in strange images that attempting to square them all with specific symbolic meaning seems fraught and silly, and perhaps would lead to misguided conclusions: The talk of a growing pencil, for instance, which comes up a few times, could refer to an erection as an instrument of will and agency, but suggests an argument that true agency for a woman comes not through her sexuality but through acts of writing or drawing. -- The Comics Journal Her storytelling voice seems to link the divine nonsense of authors like Daniel Pinkwater, William Steig, or Edward Gorey with surrealist writers like Leonora Carrington. Her comics are Truly Weird, the highest compliment I can give. -- Artsy With drawings that hover on the border between clutter and mesmerising orchestration, a well-realised visual/verbal language that is theatrical and physical, and layered themes that address the tensions between influence and authenticity, The Academic Hour represents a vision of the comics form that is distinctly Katz's own. -- Calm Undertones Now Transmitting The Academic Hour is one of the most complex, beautiful, and puzzling comics I've read in years. -- Sequential State