160;Ben Katchor (ldquo;The creator of the last great American comic strip.rdquo;mdash;Michael Chabon) gives us his first book in more than ten years: the story of the fantastical nation of Outer Canthus and the three people who, in some way or another, inshy;habit its shores.160;Emile Delilah is a young xenophile (lover of foreign nations) so addicted to traveling to the exotic regions of Outer Canthus that the government pays him a monthly stipend just so he can continue his visits. Livshy;ing in the same tenement as Emile are Boreal Rince, the exiled king of Outer Canthus, and Elijah Salamis, a supranationalist determined to erase the cultural and geographic boundaries that separate the citizens of the Earth. Although they rarely meet, their lives inshy;tertwine through the elaborate fictions they construct and inhabit: a vast panorama of humane hamburger stands, exquisitely ethereal ethnic restaurants, ancient restroom ruins, and wild tracts of land that fit neatly next to high-rise hotels. The Cardboard Valise is a graphic novel as travelogue; a canvas of semi-surrealism; and a poetic, whimsical, beguiling work of Ben Katchorrsquo;s dazzling imagination.
- Fiction + Literature Themes, Comics + Graphic Novels
- Types of Characters, Graphic Novels / Fantasy, Politics
- Pantheon Books
- March 8, 2011
- March 15, 2011
- Ben Katchor