‘K-Chronicles’ cartoonist Knight — up close and personal 

One-of-a-kind cartoonist Keith Knight’s work has been described "as a combination of Aaron MacGruder’s ‘The Boondocks’ and Gary Larson’s ‘The Far Side.’" Well, at least that’s what his Web site says. But it’s not an unfounded observation.

The San Francisco resident celebrates the publication of his seventh book, "Are We Feeling Safe Yet?" from 6 to 8 tonight at the Cartoon Art Museum, 655 Mission St., San Francisco. The book is a collection his single panel strip, "(th)ink," which tackles political, social, and here’s the big one, racial, issues in ways never before seen in newsprint.

"Doonesbury" creator Garry Trudeau (this also from Knight’s Web site!) has said, "Keith Knight is mapping out a previously unknown vector of the vast cartoon universe."

Having grown up in Boston, "raised on a diet of ‘Star Wars,’ hip-hop, racism" and drawing comics instead of paying attention in school, Knight seems to be on the verge of the big-time. Not only has his work appeared in Mad magazine, it’s also regularly running in dozens of papers and online nationwide.

He offers up a few fun facts, too: In 1984, he was the official Michael Jackson impersonator of Jordan Marsh, a department store in Boston. More recently, Spike Lee bought an original piece he did about the movie "Do the Right Thing."

For details about his appearance, which is being combined with "the first ever ‘K-Chronicles’ garage sale," call the museum at (415) 227-8666 or visit www.cartoonart.org.

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