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Who Is Behind IgorKenk.com?

igorIf you’ve read yesterday’s post about Igor Kenk showing up at the launch party for Kenk: the Graphic Novel, then you probably saw that there is a website/blog at IgorKenk.com.

I naturally assumed that Igor ran it (as that would make sense, and who really would run a website pretending to be someone they are not?)… but have received word (via Paul Tee on Twitter and the writers of the graphic novel – Jason Gilmore, Alex Jansen, Richard Poplak, Nick Marinkovich) that Igor doesn’t know anything about the website.

So, the obvious question is… who is pretending to be Igor Kenk, and why?

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Igor Kenk Attends the Kenk Graphic Novel Launch

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Is Igor Kenk the most interesting bike-related person in Toronto?

After being busted for organizing the theft of thousands of bicycles as well as on assault charges, showing up to re-claim some of “his” bicycles that were being given to charity, Kenk showed up last night at the release party for the graphic novel of his story.

And… oh my god (!) he has his own blog at IgorKenk.com!

[photo from NowToronto]

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Kenk: The Graphic Novel is Here

kenk-coverA couple years ago, Toronto police busted Igor Kenk of the Bike Clinic for knowingly purchasing stolen bikes from bike thieves.  Far from finding a few stolen bikes in his bike shop, police found thousands of them, scattered around the city in rented garages.

It was a story that made international news, and it is now in graphic novel form.

This week, Toronto writer Richard Poplak and Alex Jansen of the production and publishing company Pop Sandbox are releasing an unusual treatment of Kenk’s story. Kenk: A Graphic Portrait is a journalistic graphic novel based on photos and footage of Kenk taken in the year before his arrest.

Poplak, who wrote about Kenk for Toronto Life magazine before being recruited by Jansen to create a graphic novel, said there was something “obsessive compulsive” about Kenk’s behaviour.

“He was much, much bigger than life. He was a comic book character,” Poplak told CBC Radio’s Q cultural affairs show on Tuesday.

- CBC news


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