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Huntington, West Virginia "On the Fly"

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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 à la Pekar showcase a one-of-a-kind master at work, channeling the stuff of average life into genuine American art.

 

Review:

"One of the final books written by the late Pekar, this volume collects five short pieces, mostly relating to a trip he made to West Virginia for a speaking engagement at a book festival: a series of anecdotes from an eccentric, dreadlocked limo driver; a tale about an unsuccessful attempt by one of Pekar's acquaintances to make a vintage diner successful in Cleveland; and so on. At his best, Pekar could find the stuff of engaging comics in the small routines and oddities of the everyday, and there's some potentially interesting oral history here — although not a lot of it cries out for visual interpretation, since most of these stories consist of expository dialogue that describes exactly what we see in McClinton's drawings. But the book falls flat when Pekar turns his focus away from his interviewees and onto himself, including endless, tedious, very familiar scenes in which he's talking on the phone, describing his career, and carping about money. This is far from Pekar's strongest work, and McClinton's artwork doesn't help much: her stylized textures and stripped-down renderings mesh uncomfortably with the photo-reference approach to drawing that often formed the basis of Pekar's comics. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

Harvey Pekar returns to his roots as the “godfather of autobiographical comics” with this series of long stories about his life

Harvey Pekar achieved fame by writing comics about his own dull and boring life. But in doing so, he showed how everyday life is anything but dull and boring.

This series of five stories describes Harvey and the people he encounters as he goes about his daily life. You will meet people like “Hollywood Bob,” the guy who drives Harvey to the airport; youll learn about a man who owns a diner that Harvey likes to frequent; youll travel to a book festival in West Virginia, where Harvey finds people who even he thinks are strange. These are accounts of real, normal peopleand Harvey provides classic, authentic stories that are always both humorous and poignant.

Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345499417
Author:
Pekar, Harvey
Publisher:
Villard Books
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Graphic Novels-Nonfiction
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
THROUGHOUT
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.13 x 6.1 x 0.46 in 0.64 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "One of the final books written by the late Pekar, this volume collects five short pieces, mostly relating to a trip he made to West Virginia for a speaking engagement at a book festival: a series of anecdotes from an eccentric, dreadlocked limo driver; a tale about an unsuccessful attempt by one of Pekar's acquaintances to make a vintage diner successful in Cleveland; and so on. At his best, Pekar could find the stuff of engaging comics in the small routines and oddities of the everyday, and there's some potentially interesting oral history here — although not a lot of it cries out for visual interpretation, since most of these stories consist of expository dialogue that describes exactly what we see in McClinton's drawings. But the book falls flat when Pekar turns his focus away from his interviewees and onto himself, including endless, tedious, very familiar scenes in which he's talking on the phone, describing his career, and carping about money. This is far from Pekar's strongest work, and McClinton's artwork doesn't help much: her stylized textures and stripped-down renderings mesh uncomfortably with the photo-reference approach to drawing that often formed the basis of Pekar's comics. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , Harvey Pekar returns to his roots as the “godfather of autobiographical comics” with this series of long stories about his life

Harvey Pekar achieved fame by writing comics about his own dull and boring life. But in doing so, he showed how everyday life is anything but dull and boring.

This series of five stories describes Harvey and the people he encounters as he goes about his daily life. You will meet people like “Hollywood Bob,” the guy who drives Harvey to the airport; youll learn about a man who owns a diner that Harvey likes to frequent; youll travel to a book festival in West Virginia, where Harvey finds people who even he thinks are strange. These are accounts of real, normal peopleand Harvey provides classic, authentic stories that are always both humorous and poignant.

"Synopsis" by , 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.

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