Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes by Michael Cho

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...Cho’s Toronto is both a celebration of the comforts of the familiar, and testimony to the inevitability of developing urban change.
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TORONTO'S HIDDEN PASSAGEWAYS BROUGHT TO LIGHT IN A CELEBRATION OF URBAN LIFE

Michael Cho began creating drawings of the back alleys near his Toronto home in 2008. With this book, he has amassed a collection that speaks to the beauty of the urban landscape: sometimes grittily citified, sometimes unexpectedly pastoral, and always bewitching. Cho is a skilled draftsman, and Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes shines with lovingly rendered details, from expletive-filled graffiti splayed across backyard fences to the graceful twists of power lines over a bend in the road.

Back Alleys and Urban Landscapes meanders through the city, functioning as a sort of caught-on-paper psychogeographical Jane's Walk. With each season's change, different color schemes become dominant, and a whole range of moods and moments are articulated. Cho lets the reader visit his city as a virtual flaneur, lingering equally over dilapidated sheds and well-groomed gardens in a dazzling tribute to the urban environs.

 

About Michael Cho

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Michael Cho is an illustrator and cartoonist whose work has been published in The New York Times Book Review, Maclean's, and Scientific American. He lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter.
 
Published June 19, 2012 by Drawn and Quarterly. 80 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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BookDragon

Excellent
Reviewed by Terry Hong on Jul 30 2012

...Cho’s Toronto is both a celebration of the comforts of the familiar, and testimony to the inevitability of developing urban change.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Derek Flack on Jun 03 2012

Featuring pared down drawings and paintings, the images that make up this book capture the untidy subject matter just about perfectly.

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Amy Reads

Good
Reviewed by Amy McKie on Jun 04 2012

Toronto truly has some beautiful views in it, but here Cho instead has made the everyday and ordinary beautiful.

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