Wednesday, October 22, 2008

PHOTO REPORT :: Pekar/Bechdel Report!

Yo all my peeps! Now up on our increasingly massive (over 1100 photos now) Flickr photo site is a photo report on Friday's AWESOME appearance in our store by Harvey Pekar (American Splendor) and Alison Bechdel (Fun Home). There's plenty of description over there, but here are a few highlights to read before you click here to go to Flickr:

1) Harvey Pekar and Alison Bechdel are both very nice, personable, and fascinating people.

2) Alison very patiently answered a list of questions that our Discussion Group leader Andy Mansell sent me for her (he couldn't make it because of a last minute work thing, to his utter chagrin). She was floored by some of the questions, but answered them all with consideration and enthusiasm. I think I have a little crush on Alison Bechdel now, which is problematic AT BEST.

3) The ImaginOn is a cool place.

Okay! Now go look at the pictures!


WarrenE (not Ellis) said...

Great pics, Dustin! And it was really cool to meet Harvey (having been a fan for many years...since his first Letterman visit back in the late 50s). I didn't know Bechdel's work but was impressed enough to pick up a HARDBACK copy of "Fun Home" for myself and my niece.

Dustin Harbin said...

Fun Home is great, Warren--but how old is your niece? It is definitely not a book for kids, unless maybe she's an older teenager? That's your call, not mine, but just in case I wanted to warn you. Very good though.

David Heatley said...

Looks like a great event. Pekar is such a charming crumudgeon. And I really adore Alison's book. I've re-read Fun Home a few times now and honestly think it's as good as Maus and better than almost any other comic book out there. It's embarrassing to say, but the strongest feeling I get when reading her is simply "I LOVE this person!"

Dustin Harbin said...

Yeah, she was super sweet. I had Fun Home pushed on me and was not at ALL ready for how much I enjoyed it, not to mention how strong her cartooning is. She's working on another memoir now, from her talk, although she seemed exceptionally unwilling to predict a release date, so I'll be it won't come out until mid to late 09!