Cheap Novelties: The Pleasures of Urban Decay – Ben Katchor


112 p. – full colour – 28 x 22,5 cm – hardcover
Drawn & Quarterly, 2016 – ISBN 9781770462632



Rumpled, middle-aged, Julius Knipl photographs a vanishing city, an urban landscape of low-rent apartment buildings, obsolete industries, monuments to forgotten people and events, and countless sources of inexpensive food. Cheap Novelties is a portrait of what we have lost to gentrification, globalization, and the malling of America that is as moving today as it was a quarter century ago.

Cheap Novelties is an early testament to Ben Katchor’s extraordinary prescience as both a gifted cartoonist and an astute urban character.