Of Mufflers and Men: A Comic
Adapted and reinvented and reborn—not venerated, but persistent, present, iconic. Is this such a bad fate?
This is Curiosity Americana, a column in which Shing Yin Khor explores icons, roadside attractions, and various objects of Americana as part of their effort to find and assert their place as an immigrant within this country’s mythos.
Shing Yin Khor is a cartoonist and installation artist exploring collections, memory, immigrant identity, and new human rituals. They founded the immersive installation art group Three Eyed Rat, which has built large-scale space desert apothecaries, decrepit space salvage stations in the forest, and lumberjack-themed bars.
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