Harvey Pekar Comics Festival on Coventry Honors the Late Graphic Storyteller

Sat 7/14 @ noon-5PM

Although nationwide success and recognition was long in coming for him, the late comics-writer/philosopher/diarist Harvey Pekar finally became renown for his American Splendor graphic-novel series that documented his daily life, thoughts and concerns as a jazz-loving, somewhat grouchy Cleveland guy who worked as a VA file clerk.

Celebrate the legacy of Harvey Pekar and the ability of words and panels to form narratives, via the Fourth Annual Pekar Park Comic Book Fest, in the Coventry Village (which Pekar himself frequented).

Innovative comics creators and ’zine publishers in the Pekar “underground commix” tradition — some who do superhero stuff, some who don’t, some who play around with both — will be attending, including Ted Sikora, Kate Atherton, Jed Collins, Vagabond Comics, Noelle Richards, Comics Are Go, and others, for panel discussions and selling their stuff. Lake Erie Ink will have a comics-creation workshop geared for youth, and there will be superhero crafts and activities.

And yes, the American Splendor movie will be shown. Admission is free. It happens in and around the Coventry Village branch library.


[Written by Charles Cassady]


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