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Harvey Pekar: Conversations.
Edited by Michael G. Rhode. Conversations with Comic
Artists Series. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2008. 240pp.
Paperback: ISBN-13: 978-1604730869
Hardcover: ISBN-13: 978-1604730852
in a Library with WorldCat
Library of Congress: PN6727.P44 Z46 2008
Dewey: 741.5/6973 22
Publisher's Online Information || Author's Information
"Most comic book fans prefer fantasy. I'm a realistic writer: I try to push people's faces into their own lives."
Harvey Pekar's American Splendor
is the longest-running and arguably the most influential
autobiographical comic book series produced in America. Since 1976,
Pekar (b. 1939) has reported on his life through his comics. Pekar's
comic books deal with his life as a Veterans Administration clerk and
freelance music critic; his friends and co-workers and their stories;
and his home city of Cleveland. Pekar's struggles with physical and
mental problems, a low-paying job, Hollywood, marriage, his daughter's
adoption, and success are all laid out in his comics. Pekar prides
himself on depicting his life in all its "splendor."
Harvey Pekar: Conversations
offers almost twenty-five years of interviews from a variety of sources
including small fanzines, local public radio shows, and the Washington Post.
The volume reveals his thoughts and feelings about comics,
autobiography, his appearances on David Letterman's show in the 1980s,
his life with cancer, and how a successful 2003 movie adaptation of American Splendor
has changed and not changed his life. His comics work has won the
National Book Award, spawned theatrical productions, and served as the
basis for the award-winning movie starring Paul Giamatti as Pekar.
Michael G. Rhode is an independent comics scholar and an editor of the International Journal of Comic Art. His work has been published in the Comics Journal and Hogan's Alley.
[This is the provisional table of contents, to be updated when the book is officially available.]
Wordpekar - Mike Barson ...
The Situation as of 9-20-85 - Harvey Pekar ...
Writer crams drama into comics Pekar doles out daily dialogue - Ernest Tucker ...
The Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time Pekar - Henry Allen ...
Voices from the Small Press: A Conversation with Harvey Pekar - Richard Relkin ...
Stepping Out: ST's Joe Zabel interviews Harvey Pekar - Joe Zabel ...
Harvey Pekar & Joyce Brabner - David Garland ...
Pekar for Beginners - Joel Greenlee ...
Another Survivors' Tale: The Harvey Pekar Interview - Jim Ottaviani and Steve Lieber ...
An interview With Harvey Pekar: Will The Truth Really Set You Free? - Michael Everleth ...
Michael Interviews... Author Harvey Pekar - Michael Feldman ...
Harvey Pekar (1999) - Shawna Ervin-Gore ...
Harvey Pekar (2001) - Shawna Ervin-Gore ...
Harvey Pekar - "M. Peg" ...
Harvey Pekar's Life Hits the Big Screen in 'American Splendor' - Rebecca Murray ...
The Conversation - Stephen Garrett ...
In Depth: The Harvey Pekar Interview - Joe Zabel ...
Harvey Pekar at the 2005 Small Press Expo - Michael Rhode ...
Harvey Pekar Interview - Scott Rosenberg ...
Interview with Harvey Pekar - Alan David Doane ...
Harvey Pekar: The MrSkin.com Interview - Peter Landau ...
Interview: Harvey Pekar - Brian Heater ...
Michael. 2008. "The Riff: From Harvey Pekar, the Power of Honest
Comics." Comic Riffs, Washington
Post (August 20). [access online]