Announcing Harvey Pekar’s CLEVELAND

April 9th, 2010 by Jeff Newelt

Harvey Pekar's CLEVELAND illustrated by Joseph Remnant

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.

From "Sweeping Problem"

From "Sweeping Problem"

50 Responses

  1. Rick Parker

    Pekar & Remnant are like donuts and cinnamin.

  2. Josh Neufeld

    Great cover!!!

  3. Jon Witmer

    I can’t wait for this! Gleaning any of Pekar’s knowledge of Cleveland history is treat enough, but seeing it all illustrated by Remnant is gonna be phenomenal.

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  6. sean

    this is going to be an awesome book. congrats Joe!

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  9. Paul Gregson-Allcott

    Will be a real treat to read some fresh new Pekar, his erudite humour will be missed.

  10. Shawn Williams

    looks great! A buddy turned me onto Joseph Remnant. Art has kind of a classic underground style, if there is such a thing?!!?

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    When is the release on this?? I need to buy it.

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