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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Harvey Pekar Conversations -- I'm a bit stunned to find out via Mike Rhode's blog that his book Harvey Pekar: Conversations has only sold 600 copies. I'd guess ten times that many people went to see the American Splendor movie in its first week.

In the interests of full disclosure, my interview with Harvey Pekar appears in the book, along with many, many other great chats with the man. The book's prime mover, Mike Rhode earned a thank you in my new eBook Conversations with ADD because he was the one who originally transcribed the interview using an MP3 of my chat with Pekar.

Now, Mike doesn't seem particularly ruffled that the book has only sold 600 copies, but my gut tells me that far many more people would be interested to read it if they knew it was available. So if you're one of those people, click here to go to the University Press of Mississippi page for Harvey Pekar: Conversations and consider buying one of the remaining copies. It's a vital oral history of one of the most important areas of comics history of the last 50 years, outlining the struggle to find a place in the comics market for genuinely adult comics, and highlighting Harvey's passion for stories about his life, stories that carry a universal appeal to anyone who reads them.


Download my free new eBook of nearly four dozen interviews with comics creators, Conversations with ADD, by clicking here. A full list of interview subjects can be found here.

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Blogger JahFurry said...

Hey Alan great post, and always great to read u. Not sure if you've seen http://www.smithmag.net/pekarproject , Harvey's first online webcomics series, just launched that i'm actually editing. we've included a books by harvey page and made sure to include this awesome interview book AND coming soon, we're going to be showcasing the interview book with a special feature. Anyone who likes his comics should jump to grab this uberconcentrated dose of Peakr compiled by the indefatigable Mike Rohde

02 September, 2009 15:02  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

Thanks for bringing this to my attention!

02 September, 2009 15:04  
Blogger JahFurry said...

and thanks again for some of my most cherished possessions! that magical Alan Moore lot i won from ya way back for that essay contest, which i keep archived here, not sure if ya ever saw that nice Promethea thingie.. http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=4619202&blogId=142415245

02 September, 2009 15:27  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

That's awesome, Jeff, is that original art in the Promethea book?!?

02 September, 2009 15:28  
Blogger JahFurry said...

yeah man, won from you! will take pics of the others too, some nice lil sketches, including a jose villarubia sketch! of smax on top of the top ten hardcover..

02 September, 2009 15:31  
Blogger Alan David Doane said...

Oh, I remember the contest, I just didn't realize the prizes were quite that TOTALLY FRICKING AWESOME. :-)

02 September, 2009 15:44  

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