It's said that the flutter of insect wings in the Indian Ocean can send a hurricane crashing against the shores of the American Northeast. It's this premise that lies at the core of The System, a wordless graphic novel created and fully painted by award-winning illustrator Peter Kuper. From the subway system to the solar system, human lives are linked by an endless array of interconnecting threads. Told without captions or dialogue, The System is an astonishing progression of vivid imagery.
""The System" is a beautifully-illustrated hardcover book. This is no normal graphic novel, really a work of art in publishing." --Zach Roberts, comicbook.com
Peter Kuper is a cofounder and editorial board member of political graphics magazine "World War 3 Illustrated" and a teacher who has taught at New York's School of Visual Arts and Parsons the New School for Design. Best known for drawing "Mad" magazine's Spy vs. Spy comic since 1997, he has also illustrated covers for "Newsweek" and "Time" magazine. He is the author of the graphic novel "Sticks and Stones," which won the New York Society of Illustrators Gold Medal; "Diario de Oaxaca: A Sketchbook Journal of Two Years in Mexico"; and "Drawn to New York." Calvin Reid is a contributing editor and head of the comics department at "Publishers Weekly," where heads the magazine's annual African American issue and coedits its online comics newsletter, "PW Comics Week." They both live in New York City.