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Wednesday, August 26, 2009 1:23 pm
Webcomics Wednesdays – The Pekar Project
Posted by: Ian Chipman

Gotta keep up with the Joneses (er. Krauses) here on Likely Stories, so consider this the inaugural launch of Webcomics Wednesdays to align with Book Trailer Thursdays by my esteemed colleague and hall-mate, Dan Kraus.

While I’m not a huge fan of Harvey Pekar’s (though in the photo on my ALA ID card I look surprisingly similar to Paul Giamatti, who played him in the movie version of American Splendor) (which is weird because I don’t think I look like him anywhere else–I’ve been called both a young Paul McCartney and the dorky, non-American History X Ed Norton–but I have confirmation from no finer a source than my wife that I am, in fact, a dead ringer for Giamatti on that ID card. Consequently, that ID card is officially “lost,” so don’t ask to see it). What was I talking about? Oh yes, the Pekar Project, which will present Pekar stories and other miscellany in webcomic form by four different artists. From the “about” page:

The new stories will appear every other week, with interviews, creator spotlights, and behind-the-scenes goodies, as well as essays and art from Pekar collaborators and inhabitants of the extended Pekarverse.

I sort of love the concept of -verses, and seem to be seeing it a lot recently. In fact, two reviews (MySpace Dark Horse Presents, v.3 and Geektastic: Tales from the Nerd Herd) from our piping-hot fresh September 1 issue make reference to the Whedonverse (for, of course, Joss Whedon. Who’s another guy heavily associated with comics. Hmmm….).

pekarIn any case, the first story’s a phone conversation between Pekar and R. Crumb about writing a libretto for an opera that was taped and played during said opera and then became a webcomic about the conversation about writing a libretto for an opera that was taped and played during the opera, which is itself featured in the last panel of the webcomic that’s a phone conversation between Pekar and R. Crumb. I think. The point is, it’s a fine read, short, and perhaps less complainy than you might assume it’d be (also, quite relevant to the topic of the evolution of comics to webcomics), so give it a go.

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