Tag: Igor Kenk
Graphica / August 16, 2010
I've known Igor since I was 18 years old, and truth be told, I found him confusing, likable, maddening, hilarious, charismatic, criminal, and even honourable after his own fashion. The Slovenian entrepreneur and bike-mechanic was a packrat (Kenk implies that he is a pathological hoarder, and I think this fits) and a seamy, rough-and-ready type who seemed to have stepped out of the pages of a Bruce Sterling story. He occupied a succession of shops at the western end of Queen Street in Toronto, long before the neighbourhood became fashionable, back when it was a depressed and seedy little strip in the middle of nowhere.
Read the full review here.
Author Richard Poplak and illustrator Nick Marinkovich will be discussing KENK: A Graphic Portrait at the Toronto Reference Library on Saturday July 31st 2010. The event runs from 2:30-4:00 pm and entry is free.
Graphica / July 16, 2010
Graphica / June 23, 2010
Illustrator Nick Marinkovich talks about his process and working on KENK: A Graphic Portrait in this great behind-the-scenes interview:
Graphica / June 01, 2010
(Warning: Richard uses some strong language in this video)
This Thursday (June 3rd) at CineCycle, acclaimed journalist and avid cyclist Richard Poplak will be participating in a small Community Discussion on Bike Theft organized around Bike Month and the recent release of KENK: A
Graphic Portrait. The panel will include representatives from the Toronto Cyclists Union and Curbside Cycle, as well as the Toronto Police Officer responsible for implementing the bait bike program in 14 division.
Author Richard Poplak, illustrator Nick Marinkovich, publisher/producer Alex Jansen, filmmaker/designer Jason Gilmore, and director/animator Craig Small will be at the Drawn & Quarterly bookstore at 7pm on Thursday evening (May 27th!) to talk about the project and sign books.
The team will then be back in Toronto on Friday for an event at Conspiracy Culture, 7pm-9pm.
If you haven't had chance to check out KENK yet, this is what Geoff Pevere had to say about the book in the Toronto Star on Sunday:
An innovative mashup of comic, journalistic documentary and 21st century case study in urban flux, Kenk filters this fascinating and infuriating figure through a prism of media modes that both situate the man as a kind of mutant thumbprint individual and symptom of seeping new-world disorder. While the narrative structure of the book is provided by the countdown to that 2008 bust — Igor was caught instructing a flunky to liberate a bike chained on the street — most of the pages are taken up with the man giving a seemingly 24/7 one-man performance of his own life: talking, haggling, scavenging, driving, philosophizing, repairing, talking. And talking some more.
Kenk loves the attention of the camera and makes you wonder who, or what, he’d be without an audience. He never seems in doubt that he’ll eventually be caught.
KENK - MONTREAL Book Launch
Thursday May 27th - 7:00pm
Drawn and Quarterly Bookstore
211 Rue Bernard Ouest,
ADMISSION IS FREE
Event page on Facebook
KENK - Conspiracy Culture
Friday May 28th - 7:00pm
1696 Queen Street West,
ADMISSION IS $5. Tickets available from Conspiracy Culture.
Go to Kenk.ca for more news about the book.
Graphica / May 17, 2010
The KENK team have also installed an amazing zoetrope/kinetic sculpture made from discarded bicycle parts and old video equipment in the window display of Type Books on Queen St. West:
You can find out more about the latest developments on the KENK multimedia project at kenk.ca.
After last Thursday's hugely successful Toronto launch (see photos here!), author and journalist Richard Poplak (The Sheikh's Batmobile and Ja, No, Man) is in Vancouver this week to talk KENK: A Graphic Portrait. You can catch him at Lucky's Comics on Thursday (May 13th) at 6pm: