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Book Title: Beta Testing the Apocalypse|
The author of the book: Tom Kaczynski
Date of issue: January 18th 2013
ISBN 13: 9781606995419
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It would be easy to call Tom Kaczynski the J.G. Ballard of comics. Like Ballard, Kaczynski s comics riff on dystopian modernity, bleak man-made landscapes and the psychological effects of technological, social or environmental developments.Yet while Kaczynski shares many of Ballard s obsessions, he processes them in unique ways. His visual storytelling adds an architectural dimension that the written word alone lacks.
Kaczynski takes abstract ideas capitalism, communism, or utopianism and makes them tangible. He depicts and meditates on the immense political and technological structures and spaces we inhabit that subtly affect and define the limits of who we are and the freedom we as Americans presume to enjoy. Society and the individual, in perpetual tension. Once you've read Kaczynski s comics, it should come as no surprise to learn that he studied architecture before embarking on a career as a cartoonist.
Beta Testing includes approximately 10 short stories, most notably The New, a brand new story created expressly for this book. It s Kaczynski s longest story to date. The New is set in an un-named third-world megalopolis. It could be Dhaka, Lagos or Mumbai. The city creaks under the pressure of explosive growth. Whole districts are built in a week. The story follows an internationally renowned starchitect as he struggles to impose his vision on the metropolis. A vision threatened by the massive dispossessed slum-proletariat inhabiting the slums and favelas on the edges of the city. From the fetid ferment of garbage dumps and shanties emerges a new feral architecture.
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Read information about the authorTom Kaczynski learned to read English by looking at American capitalist comics in communist Poland. He moved to The US in 1987 and eventually was nominated for an Ignatz Award. Kaczynski is the founder of the independent publishing house, Uncivilized Books. His comics have appeared in Best American Nonrequired Reading, MOME, and many other publications thought the years. He currently lives and works in Minneapolis, with his partner Nikki, two cats, and a golden retriever.
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