Abstract City: Where Comedy And Crayons Collide

Lately, I've been avidly following a whole bunch of people in my spare time through the micro-blogging site Tumblr. Its layout is slightly similar to Twitter, in which one can "follow" blogs of their liking. And two things I've taken interest in following are stand-up comedians and clever artists.

Well, through the magic of Tumblr, I've stumbled upon Christian Niemann's Abstract City blog on The New York Times. It satisfies both loves.

Over the past few years, Niemann's blog — available in the opinion section of the The New York Times' site — has been showcasing his original illustrations. He uses paint, tiles, and cables, among other things, to create Demetri Martin-inspired comedic drawings about his life. The post entitled "Good Night and Tough Luck," shows hilarious flow charts, pie graphs, and pictures to illustrating his lack of sleep. Thoughts on rainy days, literal Google Maps, and bathroom art round out the pack.

But the post that got me hooked was the entry on my favorite childhood (OK, and adulthood) play things: I LEGO NY. Niemann displays his nostalgia for the Big Apple with his kids in Berlin through simple Lego creations (he built the Sunday paper out of three thick 2-by-4 blocks. Sweet, yet simple.)

And Niemann's work hasn't stopped here. Chances are you've seen his work in The New Yorker, Newsweek, Wired, The New York Times Magazine and American Illustration. If you're diggin' his creations, check out his personal site.



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