Friday, July 13, 2012

Not the Harvey Pekar Graphic Novel You'd Expect

Isn't it wonderful how prolific the dead are? Just think of how many albums Tupac put out after his death, or the number of novels Hemingway put out after the shotgun had it's say.

This article originally appeared on Imprint.
Harvey Pekar had been collaborating with the comic book artist JT Waldmanon a book project, one that charts the journey from his Zionist upbringing to his questioning of Israel’s role in the world. But Pekar died in July 2010. Still, Waldman continued to work on it, and now it’s about to be published. Peter Kuper describes Not the Israel my Parents Promised Me as “an insightful look at one of the burning topics of our time. With Pekar’s scholarship and humor and JT Waldman’s stylistically varied art, this graphic book is both visually entertaining and highly informative.”

Photograph by Michael Dooley
I met Waldman when he presented to the Association of Jewish Libraries convention in Pasadena a few weeks ago. He was half of a “Jews in Comics” session (I’ll get to the other half, with Arlen Schumer, in an upcoming column), and discussed his assembly ofNot the Israel, both with Pekar and after his death. And as he previewed his pages, I was attracted to the variety of illustration techniques and design layouts he employed, which are much more ambitious and imaginative than the tedious, monotonous drawings and grids so often found in American Splendor stories.
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