Vinyl -- Alan Zweig feat. Harvey Pekar -- 2000 -- M VG+
"Yeah, the music is the most important thing. I wish it were the only thing. It's not. I'd be better off if it were the only thing."
A documentary about the most noble mania.
Windsor McCay was one of the first superstars of the American comics strip, a pioneer in both cartooning and animation, massively prolific. All of his work is in the public domain, but where to start? Over at Robot 6
, Chris Mautner provides the lowdown in the first installment of a new series of Comics College
, "a monthly feature where we provide an introductory guide to some of the medium’s most important auteurs and offer our best educated suggestions on how to become familiar with their body of work". [more inside]
"From off the streets of Cleveland" goes the tagline for American Splendor
, but in fact, from 1972 to the end of his life, Harvey Pekar lived in nearby Cleveland Heights. Much of that time was spent inside the Cleveland Heights Library.
On October 14, a memorial and statue honoring Harvey Pekar's work will be dedicated
inside the library, "Harvey's first love and second home
". [more inside]
, poet and co-founder of The Fugs,
passed away today at the age of 86. [more inside]
From off the streets of Cleveland, Harvey Pekar
pioneered autobiopgraphical comics in the 70s with his self-published American Splendor
. His tales of working as a file clerk lead to greater fame, including appearances on David Letterman
and a movie about his life
. He worked with many different artists, including his personal friend Robert Crumb
. Beyond that, he was an inspiration
for so many others. Harvey Pekar passed away last night at the age of 70
The Pekar Project
started a couple of months ago from Smith Magazine; it posts new webcomics every other week
by Harvey Pekar and one of four artists, like "Pekar and Crumb: Talkin' 'bout Art
, plus occasional extras
. They just posted a tribute to Harvey's 70th birthday
. [Smith Mag's webcomics previously, including Pekar's The Next-Door Neighbor I Don't Know] [via] [more inside]
became interested in alternative comics at the tender age of nine [according to Wikipedia]
after watching Harvey Pekar reading one of his stories in a documentary [most likely this one]
. Fast-forward a decade or so, and Ed's getting the call from Pekar himself
, asking Ed to draw some comics for him
. [more inside]
, from SMITH Magazine
, takes a bunch of renowned artists and writers from the world of Indie Comics and asks them to tell stories about, well, memorable Next-Door Neighbor experiences. "The Next-Door Neighbor I Don't Know
," by Harvey Pekar
and Rick Veitch
is worth a look, of course, but personal favorites for me include "Halloweens Ago
," and "Hank & Barbara
." And after reading, "Dream Train
," be sure to check out the video link
of the subject playing an old cowboy song.
SEE! Harvey Pekar
, file clerk extraordinaire, wrestle with mortality
with Harvey as he plots to re-sell his used books and records for absurdly inflated prices. FEAR!!!
for your sanity as Harvey takes you deep into the bowels of a Cleveland veteran's hospital. RAGE!!!!
with Harvey at the aggression and general obtuseness of people around him. He's a reasonable guy. He's also a noted jazz critic
, book reviewer
and radio commentator. Now Playing At A Theater Near You