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July 14, 2010

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David Rachels

Is that supposed to be Jimmy Carter on the cover of #8?

Mark C. Rogers

Craig--I really enjoyed reading about your early friendship with Pekar. I knew him a little bit (he spoke at Walsh in 2007) and you really captured his personality.

Ava Wolf

Talking Leaves Bookstore! That takes me back as I am a grad of Buff State and UB. Spent many happy, and a few not so happy, years in Buffalo. Not a big comics person, but appreciate the sad loss of a great talent.

Craig Fischer

David: During the early '80s, EVERY AMERICAN MALE looked like Jimmy Carter, what with the vested suits and all.

Mark: Care to tell us more about your day with Harvey?

Ava: I graduated from UB in '85. The last time I was in Buffalo, about three years ago, I visited my old neighborhood (North Buffalo, Hertel and Colvin, not so far from UB's Main Street campus) and was almost overwhelmed by nostalgia...

Squeezegutalley.wordpress.com

Thanks Craig. Really enjoyed reading about your friendship with Harvey. Many tributes have mentioned how generous he was with his time. 'Read This' and 'Name Story' are two of my favourites too! I've just started blogging about comics so am glad to have found this great site! I am writing a series of posts about Pekar over the coming weeks, hope you can check them out!

Charles Hatfield

Wonderful post, Craig, and bittersweet. Your recollections of Harvey strike a chord, though my own experiences with his work have been so different (and came later).

I've just returned from two weeks' travel in New England and a near-total withdrawal from blog writing and reading. I haven't had a chance to track the comics community's response to Pekar's death. What I'd wish for is posts like yours, rich with commentary on specific moments and specific comics.

Among my favorite Pekar stories: "Austere Youth" (that wonderful anecdote of his schoolboy days and his shame at being an immigrant's son, beautifully cartooned by Frank Stack) and the enigmatic "Easter Island," the Zabel/Dumm epic from AS #16 that focuses on Harvey's old friend Sarah and her travels in NM. That one almost approaches mysticism, an odd vibe for an AS story. Oh, and "Festering," from #15, about Harvey's college days.

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