|Area(s) Artist, cartoonist|
Notable works Cairo
|Name M. Perker|
Books Insomnia Cafe, AIR
M. Kutlukhan Perker (born 2 November 1972) is one of the most prominent and internationally recognized artists of his native Turkey.
With the ability of producing work in different styles and techniques, he has built a successful career in both editorial illustration and comics. His work has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, Mad Magazine, The Progressive, and others, including Gırgır.
Perker was nominated for an Eisner Award for the monthly series "Air" (written by G. Willow Wilson), published by DC Comics' Vertigo line.
His early work appeared in many Turkish magazines and newspapers, including Gırgır, Firt, Digil, Avni, Leman, Okuz, Hibir, Milliyet, Radikal, Sabah, Yeni Binyil, Star, as well as in the Turkish editions of Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Harpers Bazaar and many more.
Alongside his comic book work and illustrations for American publishers, he currently is writing and illustrating stories of the TV reporter Ece for the leading Turkish daily Hurriyet and short stories for the weekly Turkish humor magazine Penguen.
In 2009, Perker was named one of the 100 most influential Turks by Newsweek magazine.
His comics and illustrations have been recognized with awards by the Society of Illustrators and Print magazine. In 2001, he became the first Turkish member of the New York-based Society of Illustrators.
Perker is one of the 46 illustrators, along with Ralph Steadman, Brad Holland, Marshall Arisman, Milton Glaser and Al Hirschfeld, whose work was featured in the documentary "Four Decades of Illustration", produced by The New York Times to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the newspaper's Op-Ed page.