By Peter Kuper
Activities converse louder than words.
It’s acknowledged that the flutter of insect wings within the Indian Ocean can ship a typhoon crashing opposed to the seashores of the yank Northeast. It’s this premise that lies on the center of The System, a wordless photo novel created and completely painted through award-winning illustrator Peter Kuper. From the subway method to the sunlight method, human lives are associated by means of an never-ending array of interconnecting threads. They tie every one people to our international and it to the universe. If each motion has an equivalent and contrary response, prepare to run for cover!
A sleazy stockbroker is lining his wallet. A corrupt cop is shaking down drug buyers. A mercenary bomber is atmosphere the timer. A serial killer is stalking strippers. A political scandal is set to blow up. The planet is burning. And nobody’s talking.
Told with out captions or discussion, The System is an brilliant development of shiny imagery, each one brilliantly accomplished panel containing a wealth of knowledge, with layer upon layer forming an unlimited and complex journey of an ominous global of coincidences and consequences.
“Cartooning is an paintings that may be universally well-known and liked. The purest of this way is the wordless comedian, the place the cartoonist creates a strictly visible language. If performed appropriately, it's able to showing a variety of principles and feelings that folks around the globe may be able to comprehend. it truly is resembling the early days of silent movies whilst actors like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton in basic terms had gestures and facial expressions to inform their tales and produce complicated emotions. Pantomime cartooning stocks this obstacle, but the demanding situations are even larger. not just are there no phrases to lean on, yet there's additionally no circulation. each motion and emotion within the tale needs to be conveyed via static photographs on my own. through the years there were a couple of geniuses during this really expert artwork shape. one in all them is Peter Kuper. lengthy could his pencil, pen and brush silently flow.” —Al Jaffee, mythical Mad cartoonist
“Though it has no observe balloons or idea bubbles, The System is full of a lot city clatter, you’ll are looking to seal your home windows close. Kuper makes use of his trademark spray-paint/stencil paintings to ship us careening via a kinetic manhattan panorama, jump-cutting from a crooked cop to a stripper, panning from a homeless man to a cell-phone yuppie. The megastar of the tale is the darkish urban itself, and the purpose is how funds ties all its occupants—whether they understand it or not—together.” —Gavin Edwards, Details
“Like a slow-motion photos of a .45 slug drifting via a gun barrel, Peter Kuper’s The System offers city tragedy a virtually swish inevitability. The System intertwines the lives of a number of immediately identifiable manhattan urban archetypes (drunken subway motormen and drug-dealing beat police officers) right into a dreamily suspenseful story of corruption and ambition. one way or the other Kuper orchestrates this Robert Altman-esque black comedy with none discussion, using his signature color-stencil-art sort to depict a class-conscious saga more desirable extensive and emotion to a year’s stockpile of the New York Post.” —Robert Morales, Vibe
“This is our international, fogeys, because it exists straight away, teetering near to whatever we can’t really think, laid out by means of Peter Kuper as a circulation chart of parallels and coincidences and connecting fibers so strong and occult pin dropped in a again highway creates surprise waves that make skyscrapers tremble. The System is a silent epic within the culture of Fritz Lang’s Dr. Mabuse and Lynd Ward’s Gods’ Man—paranoid, certain, and with reliable reason.” —Luc Sante, writer, Low Life