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Upcoming Ben Katchor Events

Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 7pm
Reading with slideshow
Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington, DC
(202) 639-1700
Tickets: $15.00

Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 2pm
A Checkroom Romance
libretto by Ben Katchor
music by Mark Mulcahy
with Ken Maiuri, Flora Reed, Dave Trenholm and Mark Mulcahy
The New School Arts Festival Presents: Noir
Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street
New York, NY
with Ken Maiuri, Flora Reed, Dave Trenholm and Mark Mulcahy
Free, but reservations suggested. Follow this link:

April 8, 2011 at 2:30pm
First Annual STRANDICON – book signing
Strand Bookstore
Broadway at 12th Street
New York, NY

Saturday, April 9, 2011
Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art Fest 2011
Signing at Pantheon Books table and panel discussion with Parsons Illustration Associate Professor Lauren Redniss, Stephen DeStefano and Mark Newgarden at 1:30pm
Lexington Avenue Armory
68 Lexington Ave (Between 25th &26th Streets)
New York City

Sunday, April 10. 2011 at 2pm
Lecture: Halftone Printing in the Yiddish Press and Other Objects of Idol Worship
Albany Institute of History and Art
125 Washington Ave.
Albany, NY

Saturday, April 30, 2011 at 7pm
Drawn & Quarterly Bookstore
211 Bernard Ouest.
Montreal, Quebec

Tuesday, May 3, 2011, 7:30pm
Reading and discussion with Daniel Clowes
Free Library of Philadelphia
Central Library
1901 Vine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)

May 6- 29, 2011
Exhibition and readings
Périscopages festival
Recontres de lat Bande Dessinée d’Autheur et de l”Édition Indépendante
Franco-American Institute
7 Quai Châteaubriand
Rennes, France 35000

Ciao My Shining Star, featuring Ben Katchor and a host of others!


Sunday, September 20, 2009 at 7:30pm

Ciao My Shining Star –The Songs of Mark Mulcahy

Featuring Frank Black / David Berkeley / Chris Harford / Ray Neal / Butterflies of Love / The Autumn Defense / Vic Chesnutt / The Parkway Charlies and many more!… Plus a premiere screening of the Thom Yorke video “All For The Best” and readings by graphic novelist (and Parsons Illustration Full-time Faculty) Ben Katchor.

Music Hall of Williamsburg,
66 North 6th St., Brooklyn, NY 11211


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Ben Katchor’s “A Checkroom Romance” adds second show!


New York Public Library – Cullman Center presents
A Checkroom Romance by Ben Katchor and Mark Mulcahy
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 at 7pm SOLD OUT
Just added: Friday, May 15, 2009 at 7pm TICKETS AVAILABLE!
5th Avenue and 42nd Street
New York, NY 10018

In this new, musical tragicomedy by cartoonist  Ben Katchor and musician Mark Mulcahy, one man’s casual obsession with the architecture and culture of coat checkrooms ensnares him in a desperate struggle between employment agents, maitre ‘ds, lovesick podiatrists, low-budget contractors, and paraphilic playboys.

A Check-Room Romance was commissioned by the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers.

Order tickets online here or call 212.868.4444.
Tickets: $15 general admission/$10 Library Donors, Seniors and students with valid ID.

Ben Katchor’s Opera Reviewed in the New York Times

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The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island (Or, the Friends of Dr. Rushower), an opera created by Associate Professor of Illustration Ben Katchor and Mark Mulcahy, received an enthusiastic review by New York Times’ critic Ben Brantley yesterday. Here’s an excerpt:

“The Slug Bearers” may deal with subjects common to contemporary satire: fiendish industrial autocrats (in this case, the cackling George Klatter, played by a Lex Luthor-like Stephen Lee Anderson); shortsighted do-gooders; the limited attention span of news gatherers; and the (literal) insubstantiality of a technology-driven culture.

But Mr. Katchor is not an attack artist, and “The Slug Bearers” is neither sendup nor angry social rebuke.

Instead, like much of this artist’s work, it is propelled by a brooding and amused awareness of the strange, individual quirks and appetites that both keep people apart and occasionally bring them together.

This sensibility is conveyed with real enchantment by the set and projection designs of Jim Findlay and Jeff Sugg (subtly enhanced by Russell H. Champa’s lighting), which bring to eye-teasing life Mr. Katchor’s drawings of lonely town (as in New York City) and polluted country (as in the tropical isle of Kayrol). Projections on scrims are used to create some delightful trompe l’oeil moments involving walking amid street traffic, riding elevators and even answering the phone.

These are never mere sight gags, though, but part of a thoroughgoing mise-en-scène that melts boundaries between the real and representational. At the same time there’s a strong, melancholy suggestion that the people who inhabit this flat but fluid landscape can never fully step into the world they live in. (And I mean the characters, not the performers.)

Read the complete review here, listen to a narrated slideshow about the opera’s development here, and as an extra bonus, we present you with a small preview of the show:


The Slug Bearers of Kayrol Island (Or, the Friends of Dr. Rushower)
An Opera by Ben Katchor and Mark Mulcahy
Vineyard Theater
108 E. 15th St (btw Union Square and Irving Pl.)
New York, NY

[image by Carol Rosegg]

Illustration Full-Time Faculty Ben Katchor’s New Opera!

slug bearers
Purchase 30%+ discount seats online here:
or, phone box office (212-353-0303) and mention the code BB40SB
Ticket discount valid for performances thru 3/2/08 only.
Phone and online orders are subject to regular service charges.
This offer not valid on previously purchased tickets, is subject to availability and may be revoked at any time.