Inside 'Fütchi Perf' by Kevin Czap
Czap's poetic collection of microstories set in a utopian future Cleveland. A utopia not marked by homogenous, uniformed society - but the exact opposite. A diverse society based on people being fully themselves and thriving as a result. Out of print, a new 2017 edition was just released by Uncivilized Books.
Fütchi Perf is simultaneously defined and undefined. There are no characters that are present for more than a page or two, they are largely unnamed. Their time on the pages exists not to showcase their personal lives but the society that has developed within and around them. Future Cleveland is a place unlike anything that exists. It is a society that simultaneously seems as achievable as it ever has while still feeling like true science fiction. If you are involved in your own community, you see firsthand the passion and drive of the people that make a reality like Fütchi Perf's Cleveland an attainable future, however we live in a world where almost every person in power shudders at the thought. Body positivity? Gender representation? Kindness? Fütchi Perf doesn't give us the blueprints to achieve, but it shows us the prize is worth the reward.
Czap's bold and colorful style is not limited to their line work but also their choices. Joy is represented by smiling faces, flowers, loving embraces. Everything about this book exudes happiness. The way people treat each other and interact moves fluidly throughout the different stories. The characters talk in a shorthand slang which gives the sense that in a world so ideal, why waste any time with extra words when there's so much out there to explore? Treat Fütchi Perf like an attainable future and you will love what you see. Realize that in your own way, you can make parts of your own community like this utopia that seems so far out of reach but could be right in front of you.