Huntington, West Virginia "On the Fly" (Paperback)
Villard Books, 9780345499417, 159pp.
Publication Date: April 26, 2011
Harvey Pekar changed the face of comics when his American Splendor series replaced traditional slam-bang superhero action with slice-of-life tales of his own very ordinary existence in Cleveland, Ohio, as a file clerk, jazz-record collector, and philosophical curmudgeon. Much as Seinfeld famously transcended sitcom conventions by being "a show about nothing," Pekar's deadpan chronicles of regular life--peppered with wry and caustic reflections--have transformed comics from escapist fantasy into social commentary with voice balloons. Huntington, West Virginia "On the Fly" is prime Pekar, recounting the irascible everyman's on-the-road encounters with a cross section of characters--a career criminal turned limo-driving entrepreneur, a toy merchant obsessed with restoring a vintage diner, comic-book archivists, indie filmmakers, and children of the sixties--all of whom have stories to tell. By turns funny, poignant, and insightful, these portraits a la Pekar showcase a one-of-a-kind master at work, channeling the stuff of average life into genuine American art.
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Praise For Huntington, West Virginia "On the Fly"…
“A visit with Harvey Pekar . . . will cause you to reexamine your own life . . . just as the greatest literature will.”—Austin Chronicle