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Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Fill My Empty Word Balloon

Posted by on April 12 at 11:18 AM

Next Wednesday, the 19th, I’m going to be interviewing Harvey Pekar onstage at Town Hall. You should go, because Harvey’s a lot of fun when he has an audience (just ask Letterman), and you should also go because his newest book is the weirdest biography you’re ever likely to read—equal parts sarcastic bitchslap and attentive hagiography, depending on how you look at it. Unlike so many of the comics greats, Harvey is doing his best work right now.
Further, if you have a question you’d like me to ask Harvey, you should Comment or send me an Electronic Mail. It doesn’t matter if your experience with him begins and ends with the American Splendor movie, now’s your chance to get that intimate or embarrassing Harvey Pekar question asked in a public forum by someone who’s not you. (Namely, me.)

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Ask him what comics writers/artists he thinks are doing good work.

Snooooooozzzzzzze. Why don't you ask him what his favorite color is while you are at it?

Ask him what he's going to do with his record collection when he kicks off. He must have a great one.

Ask him about how, in the American Splendor film, the character who played the collaborative artist for the Our Cancer Year book was more of a fiction instead of a non-fictional portrayal of the real artist who worked on that book, Frank Stack. Did Pekar and Stack have a falling out? (I think the film's version has the character named "Fred" played by James McCaffrey)

That's a fine question, Matt, and one that totally would've escaped me.
We'll also cover the current artists that make his socks go up and down and, um, his favorite color. More, anyone?

If you can persuade Harvey to talk about his taste in classic jazz players, be sure to mention that Seattle is the hometown of Kenny G.

Ask if he's still friends with Toby Radloff and if he's seen Toby's band Kane Hodder play.

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