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Toronto Launch Party for KENK

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Toronto Launch Party for KENK

Thursday, May 6, 2010 - 7:00pm



Come and celebrate the release of KENK at the official Hot Docs and Toronto Comic Arts Festival launch event, in partnership with the CFC Media Lab. An entire creative team will be on hand to celebrate the release and do a special short presentation as well as display original artwork, animation and more. This event will go 'til late. KENK will be available for purchase on-site from Type Books. This is a free event.


KENK: A Graphic Portrait is a ground-breaking 304-page journalistic comic book detailing the life and times of Igor Kenk,“the world’s most prolific bicycle thief” (The New York Times and The Guardian). In summer 2008, Kenk was arrested and nearly 3,000 bicycles were seized in one of the biggest news stories of the year. Built from more than 30 hours of never-before-seen intimate footage taken over the year leading up to his arrest, KENK is a thought-provoking and surprisingly funny portrait of an outsize neighbourhood figure and a city in flux.

KENK is produced and conceived by Alex Jansen, based on documentary footage shot by Jansen and filmmaker/designer Jason Gilmore. It is written by acclaimed journalist and avid cyclist Richard Poplak, whose award-winning books include The Sheikh’s Batmobile: In Pursuit of American Pop Culture in the Muslim World and Ja, No, Man: Growing Up White in Apartheid-Era South Africa with Penguin, and it is illustrated by Toronto based artist Nick Marinkovich, who adapted Sony Picture’s Underworld and has done various comics with Marvel, IDW and Image.

KENK is an exciting new hybrid that simultaneously takes the form of documentary film, journalistic profile and comic book, produced and published under Pop Sandbox.

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