Huntington, West Virginia "On the Fly" (Paperback)

Huntington, West Virginia
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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, a native of Cleveland, is best known for his autobiographical slice-of-life comic book series American Splendor, a first person account of his downtrodden life. He is also a jazz critic whose reviews have been published in "The Boston Herald, The Austin Chronicle, " and "Jazz Times." He has done freelance work for the critically acclaimed radio station WKSU and has appeared many times on "Late Night with David Letterman.

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Praise For…


“A visit with Harvey Pekar . . . will cause you to reexamine your own life . . . just as the greatest literature will.”—Austin Chronicle

Product Details
ISBN: 9780345499417
ISBN-10: 0345499417
Publisher: Villard Books
Publication Date: April 26th, 2011
Pages: 159
Language: English