Ben Katchor sent his comic-strip character Julius Knipl, real-estate photographer, roaming through the city… in the late ’80s and early ’90s. Home to hand-painted window ads, 50-cent hot dogs and deli walls plastered with photos of dead celebrity customers, Knipl’s version of New York is long gone. Now, 25 years after its original publication, Mr. Katchor’s pen-and-ink wash collection, Cheap Novelties, returns with its wandering hero.


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