Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me
Publication Date: July 1, 2014
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In "Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me," one of the final graphic memoirs from the man who defined the genre, Harvey Pekar explores what it means to be Jewish and what Israel means to the Jews. Pekar's mother was a Zionist by way of politics, his father by way of faith, and he inevitably grew up a staunch supporter of Israel. But as he became attuned to the wider world, Pekar began to question his parents' most fundamental beliefs.
This book is the full account of that questioning. Over the course of a single day in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Pekar and the illustrator JT Waldman wrestle with the mythologies passed down to them, weaving a personal and historical odyssey of uncommon wit and power. With an epilogue written by Joyce Brabner, "Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me" is an es-
sential book for fans of Harvey Pekar and anyone interested in the past and future of the Jewish state.
JT Waldman was born and raised outside of Philadelphia, PA. A proud third-generation inhabitant of the area, he styles himself as an ambassador of the city of brotherly love. As a graduate of the University of Michigan he earned a Bachelor of Arts that prepared him for nothing, but made him suitable for anything. Currently, he is an Artist/Educator working as an independent tutor in his hometown. This book was conceived in Upstate New York, researched and translated in Jerusalem, illustrated in Barcelona, and brought all together in Philadelphia, PA.
Joyce Brabner is an award-winning author who frequently collaborated with her late husband, Harvey Pekar, on his American Splendor series. Her work includes the Real War Stories series, "Activists!", "Brought to Light" (with Alan Moore), and" Our Cancer Year" (with Pekar). She lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.