The System

The System


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It has been said that the flutter of insect wings in the Indian Ocean can send a hurricane crashing against the shores of the American Northeast, and such a premise lies at the core of The System, a wordless graphic novel created and painted by award-winning illustrator Peter Kuper. A sleazy stockbroker is lining his pockets, a corrupt cop is shaking down drug dealers, a mercenary bomber is setting the timer, a serial killer is stalking strippers, a political scandal is about to explode, the planet is burning, and nobody’s talking. Told without captions or dialogue, this piece of art is an astonishing progression of vivid imagery, each brilliantly executed panel contains layer upon layer of information that forms a vast and intricate tour of an ominous world of coincidences and consequences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781604868111
Publisher: PM Press
Publication date: 05/01/2014
Pages: 112
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 11.20(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Peter Kuper is a cofounder and editorial board member of political graphics magazine World War 3 Illustrated and a teacher who has taught at New York’s School of Visual Arts and Parsons the New School for Design. Best known for drawing Mad magazine’s Spy vs. Spy comic since 1997, he has also illustrated covers for Newsweek and Time magazine. He is the author of the graphic novel Sticks and Stones, which won the New York Society of Illustrators Gold Medal; Diario de Oaxaca: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico; Drawn to New York; and Ruins, winner of the 2016 Eisner Award for Best New Graphic Album. Calvin Reid is a contributing editor and head of the comics department at Publishers Weekly, where heads the magazine’s annual African American issue and coedits its online comics newsletter, PW Comics Week. They both live in New York City.

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