Monday, July 10, 2006
(8:31 PM) | Adam Kotsko:
A Question for Readers of Independent WeekliesDoes anyone out there understand the comic "Shoehorn Technique"? I'm mystified. This article has some information that only further confuses me:
Titled “Shoehorn Technique”, the weekly strip will lightheartedly “examine the various mechanisms that people use to move in and out of different socio-cultural circles for the sake of variety, or perhaps out of boredom,” according to [author Ben] Katchor.Apparently the author was the recipient of a MacArthur Genius Award. One of my fellow Reader readers is apparently very enthusiastic:
His new weekly strip, SHOEHORN TECHNIQUE, is fantastic--it's the best comic of the year so far (for me). Katchor is among the funniest of cartoonists, but I think he's also one of the few cartoonists who's funny in a profound way, where the humor is also insight. The strip been running in the Chicago Reader for a few months, and elsewhere. The format (three tiers) should make for a very nice book collection, if there is one.Another participant in the same thread says:
Katchor is definitely underrated -- which in this case means that he already has a pretty big rep but he might even be better than that. I don't know how many cartoonists out there have really invented their own whole new mode of humor, but it seems like he has done that.A whole new mode of humor?! Here's the author's site. Perhaps it's meant to be a satire of chiropractic?