With an appreciation by Anthony Bourdain
HAVE ATTITUDE, WILL TRAVEL
Harvey Pekar changed the face of comics when his "American Splendor" series replaced traditional slam-bang superhero action with slice-of-life tales of his own very ordinary existence in Cleveland, Ohio, as a file clerk, jazz-record collector, and philosophical curmudgeon. Much as "Seinfeld" famously transcended sitcom conventions by being "a show about nothing," Pekar's deadpan chronicles of regular life--peppered with wry and caustic reflections--have transformed comics from escapist fantasy into social commentary with voice balloons.
"Huntington, West Virginia "On the Fly"" is prime Pekar, recounting the irascible everyman's on-the-road encounters with a cross section of characters--a career criminal turned limo-driving entrepreneur, a toy merchant obsessed with restoring a vintage diner, comic-book archivists, indie filmmakers, and children of the sixties--all of whom have stories to tell. By turns funny, poignant, and insightful, these portraits A la Pekar showcase a one-of-a-kind master at work, channeling the stuff of average life into genuine American art.
About the Author
Harvey Pekar (1939-2010) was a comic book writer and author of the autobiographical American Splendor series, which was adapted into an Academy Award nominated film. Pekar was also a prolific jazz and book critic.
Summer McClinton is a New York-based illustrator whose work has appeared in The Beats.
“A visit with Harvey Pekar . . . will cause you to reexamine your own life . . . just as the greatest literature will.”—Austin Chronicle