Sat 7/20 @ noon-6pm
DUE TO THE HEAT, MOST OF THE EVENTS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE IN PEKAR PARK WILL TAKE PLACE INSIDE THE (AIR CONDITIONED) GROG SHOP OR THE COVENTRY LIBRARY.
One of the area’s iconic figures, graphic novelist Harvey Pekar, who died in 2010, was known for his stores about ordinary people and the dreary routines of daily life, his love of jazz and his curmudgeonly outlook. He was a familiar figure in Cleveland Heights’ Coventry Village near his home. So it was appropriate when its plaza at the juncture of Coventry and Euclid Heights Boulevard was named Pekar Park.
That’s where the annual Pekar Park Comic Book Fest, now in its 5th year, takes place, to honor Harvey’s memory and encourage interest and participation in arts and comics-related creativity. Both Pekar Park and the Coventry Branch of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Library will be hosting activities including workshops, panels, movie screenings, performances and hands-on crafts.
From noon-6pm at the library, there’ll be a panel about women in comics, a screening of the film My Friend Dahmer, followed by a Q&A with Derf who wrote the graphic novel of the same name, and a book signing with local political cartoonist Ron Hill.
Outside at Pekar Park from 1-6:30pm, there’ll be a chart art contest, comics dealers, comic book/’zine making and, at 4:30-6:30pm inside the B-Side a Cosplay fashion show.
All activities are free.