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Kenk: A Graphic Portrait Paperback – Apr 14 2010


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pop Sandbox; 2nd edition (April 14 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0986488402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0986488405
  • Product Dimensions: 2.3 x 17 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 635 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,636 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
What do communism, junk, recycling, drugs, and bicycles all have in common? The answer to this question -- in this context -- is Igor Kenk. As for how all of these various elements relate to the former shop owner and prolific bicycle thief, that is another story entirely told far better in the text by Richard Poplak, Alex Jansen, Jason Gilmore, and Nick Marinkovich.

I didn't originally know about Kenk. However, it was only after being told that he was having a graphic novel created about him and my own burgeoning interest in modern literature based in Toronto that I became interested in this story and finally found this book. While Jansen may have conceived of the idea behind the book and both he and Gilmore designed the book's structure and took footage to be used in its illustration, I would really like to pay attention to Marinkovich's style of illustration and Richard Poplak's type-written font writing.

The graphics that Marinkovich creates based off of Jansen and Gilmore's photographs, and those of others are very stark and sharp in both line and angle: almost even impressionist. It lends itself well to the design of the book which seems to be almost arranged in a pastiche or scrapbook of different scenes, newspaper articles and news media panels. Then of course there is Richard Poplak's writing itself: which exposes and puts to the fore Igor Kenk's own ideas and opinions. Together, all of these elements attempt to place Igor Kenk in a certain context: specifically looking at his background in Slovenia, his relationships, his life in Toronto and work on Queen Street West, and how all of these things shaped his own perspective on life.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James D. Murday on May 4 2010
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What an originally awesome book. Artwork created from hours of footage shot for a doc of Kenk. Igor Kenk is the most prolific bike thief in the world. If you are a fan of truthful, first hand, doc style story telling with dark, roughly creative artwork then this book is for you. I got addicted to it and could not put it down. Great work.
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Nothing can beat the constantly evolving "comicbook" genre when it comes to developing great new anti-heroic characters or misunderstood villains. The infamous Igor Kenk was already larger than life when the Toronto police finally took him down...

Now we get to see inside his world through the surreal lens of innovative new illustration methods, and meticulously transcribed interviews derived from documentary film footage. The photo-journalistic integrity of this graphic novel brings to light the gritty detail, greasy corruption, and pervasive greed of Kenks pre-apocalyptic world...Here we can safely explore the underbelly of Society, and vicariously experience the harsh truths behind our worldly illusions as they're laid bare by the street-level cracks and incisions that only an outcast like Kenk can expose with such brutal realism.

Learn about Kenks Karma at BiKarma dot comm and discover more dirty details about this brave little project at ThumbShift dotcom

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