Monday, April 19, 2010

Alison Bechdel & Harvey Pekar in Vegas!

This Saturday, April 24th at 7pm, at the Clark County Library (1401 E. Flamingo, off of Maryland Pkwy.D) Alison Bechdel and Harvey Pekar are making a VERY ARE Las Vegas appearance. They'll be in the main theater at the Clark Country Library talking about their autobiographical comic book work, how they create their stories, and what they've got forthcoming. The event is free and I'm sure that both Alison Betchdel and Harvey Pekar will be happy to sign any of their books that you have, but they'll also have books at the event that you can purchase from them and have them sign.

Alison Bechdel is best known for her graphic novel memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic (which I couldn't recommend highly enough!!), that was named Time magazine's best book of 2006 (not just best graphic novel, BEST BOOK!), but she's also written and drawn Dykes To Watch Out For for years, which I also highly recommend.
Harvey Pekar first started writing American Splendor in the mid 1970's and wrote it for years while working as a file clerk at a Cleveland hospital. Pekar was one of the early pioneers of autobiographical comics, with my favorite American Splendor book being Ego & Hubris The Michael Malice Story. In 2003, Paul Giamatti played Harvey Pekar in the wonderful movie version of American Splendor (Harvey Pekar also appeared in the movie). I've seen and heard both Alison Bechdel and Harvey Pekar give presentations at conventions so I can say without any qualifications that you'll not find a more entertaining way to spend this upcoming Saturday night (April 24th, 7pm, at the Clark County Library - FREE!).

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