Autumn is here, which means mean it’s time for my fall book tour to kick into high gear. So far, many of the reviews of the graphic novel have been positive. While a few zingers are out there, I am glad that the book is finding an audience at last. In September I attended Baltimore Comic-Con and also had two successful book launch parties, one in NYC and another in Philly. The Philly event also marked the opening of the exhibition of art from the book. Here are some images from the show entitled, Pekar’s Israel: Illustrations by JT Waldman.
On October 14th I’ll be kicking off the Cleveland leg of my tour with the unveiling of the Harvey Pekar Sculpture at the Lee Road Public Library. Here’s the info:
Sunday October 14th at 2 PM
Harvey Pekar: A Literary, Library Life
Cleveland Heights Public Library
Join me, Joyce, and Carole (the librarian featured in the book) and all the other people who share Harvey’s love for the Lee Road Library. I’ll be doing a short presentation on how Harvey and I worked in the library followed by the unveiling of the memorial sculpture Joyce and others have been working so hard on.
On Monday October 15th I’ll be joining the 4th and 5th graders of the Agnon School in Beachwood to explore the Jewish roots of comix and make some of our own.
On Wednesday October 17th at 6:30 PM
A public discussion with Joyce Brabner
Thwing Center Ballroom
Case Western Reserve University
Free and open to the public
$25 contribution for preferred seating includes parking validation at Severance Hall
Click here to reserve your seat
Case Western Reserve University presents Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, the final book by the late Jewish Cleveland author Harvey Pekar. Pekar’s illustrator JT Waldman will introduce the book and artwork and talk about his explorations of Jewish history alongside Pekar. Pekar’s widow Joyce Brabner will speak about Pekar’s life, relationship to Judaism, and views on Israel.
Monday October 22 at 8:00 PM
The University of Kentucky in Lexington will be welcoming me as part of their 2012 Hymson Lecture UK Speaker Series in Graphic Narrative and Visual Design
W.T. Young Library Auditorium
Public lecture entitled, “My Pekar Years” followed by a book signing
This presentation charts the final work of Pekar that focused on his Jewish identity before his death in 2010. Learn what it was like to work with the famous curmudgeon and watch a rare video interview of the Bard of the Rust Belt.
Monday November 12 at 6:00 PM
University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
The Making of Not the Israel My Parent’s Promised Me-(Director’s Cut)
Sage Hall 1216
Public Lecture with book signing to follow
Sponsored by: department of religious Studies and Anthropology and the Religious Studies Club. Additional funding from Pepsi.
This lecture covers the production process of what would be the last book by Harvey Pekar, the cult literary figure from American Splendor. From script rewrites to style guides this is a story about making a story, and includes sketches, process documents, visual references, and video clips used in the making of Pekar’s final controversial graphic novel.
Saturday November 17th
Miami International Book Fair
Stay tuned for more details.
Monday November 26
Rutgers University Jewish Studies Department
Locust Moon Comix Festival
Sunday December 16th
11-am -5 pm