Coming out in the Summer of 2011, Harvey Pekar’s CLEVELAND will be a 120+ page graphic novel written by Harvey, illustrated by Pekar Project artist Joseph Remnant, and published by independent ZIP Comics. The book covers familiar American Splendor-ous autobiographical territory and weaves in chunks of Cleveland history, including the Indians winning the 1948 World Series, the notorious 1969 fire on the Cuyahoga River as well as profiles of cool Clevelanders like Charles Ruthenberg, leader of the city’s Communist party whose ashes were buried in the Kremlin wall and Jane Edna Hunter, a black social worker who formed the Working Girls Association in 1911 and would come up from down South to find apartments for black women. And of course cameos by Pekarverse regulars like Toby the Genuine Nerd.
This is Joseph’s first full-length graphic novel gig, an opportunity more than earned by the wonderful insta-classic work he’s done here on Pekar Project including “Legendary Vienna,” “Back in the Day,” “Sweeping Problem,” “Reciprocity,” “Autodidact,” and “Muncie.” Pick up a free print of the promo image above this weekend from the ZIP Comics booth at the MoCCA Fest in NYC. If you can’t wait til 2011 to see some of Joseph’s snazzy crosshatching in print, pick up “Blindspot,” a collection of short comics stories he both wrote and drew.