Ben Katchor is part of the second generation of American underground comix - the generation that got its inspiration from the punk scene. Around 1980, he debuted in Raw magazine, and would become one of the people who defined Raw's outlook. His works include various comics for Raw magazine, several publications in newspapers like The New York Press and Miami New Times, and magazines like The New Yorker and Metropolis.
For the Jewish socialist magazine The Forward, he created the comic character 'Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer', of which a couple of book collections were published. His second comic for this magazine was 'Shoehorn Technique'. Ketchor has also done artwork for Escape magazine (UK), and he is active in music theatre. Katchor's comics are like a black-and-white dream about the forties, and they are full of high angles looking down on deserted streets, and unnerving close-ups. Living in New York, he is a teacher with the Parsons New School for Design.