A declaration of love to Peter Kuper’s adoptive city, where he has lived since 1977, this diary is a vibrant survey of New York City’s history. Kuper’s illustrations depict a climb to the top of the Brooklyn Bridge, the homeless living in Times Square, roller skaters in Central Park, the impact of September 11, the luxury of Wall Street, street musicians, and other scenes unique to the city. With comics, illustrations, and sketches, this work of art portrays everything from the low life to the high energy that has long made people from around the world flock to the Big Apple.
Drawn to New York is a reflection of one artist's thirty-four years on twelve miles of island with eight million people in a city whose story is ever being written.
"Kuper is extraordinary, a one-of-a-kind talent, and like the city it chronicles, Drawn to New York is beautiful, mutinous, kaleidoscopic, and essential." —Junot Díaz, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
"Drawn to New York is Peter Kuper's New York, and anybody who's spent any time here, physically or otherwise, will recognize the energy and architecture, the grime and crowds, the beautiful humanity, the foods, odors, and sights. Love it or not, there’s no place on Earth quite like New York City, and few people have captured it as effectively as Kuper.” —Newsarama
"One of the strongest and truest radical voices to emerge from contemporary America." —Alan Moore, author of Watchmen and V for Vendetta
"As a cartoonist and graphic novelist, Kuper's art reflects the sequential grid that is Manhattan. Each window tells a story, and the rows of squares and infinite right angles form a map of one man's journey through the modern labyrinth. When viewed as a whole, Kuper's concrete visions of New York amount to an epic love poem." —Eric Drooker
"The island of skyscrapers, the Mecca of cities, and well-known capital of the world, is the backdrop of this colorful odyssey of Peter Kuper and marks a triumph in his already successful career. Drawn to New York is a perfect choice while listening to 'New York, New York,' though not played by Sinatra." —Rolling Stone (Mexico)
Drawn to New York: An Illustrated Chronicle of Three Decades in New York City
PM Press 2013
Used hardcover in very good condition