All-Star Team Up: Harvey Pekar and Alison Bechdel

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pekartitans All Star Team Up:  Harvey Pekar and Alison BechdelThe Daily Cross Hatch presents a legendary team-up:

That Pekar should eventually cross paths with Alison Bechdel seems like a no-brainer. Author of the long-running strip Dykes to Watch Out For, Bechdel’s 2006 graphic novel Fun Home was quickly recognized as one of the finest examples of the auto-bio comic–a genre which, while not invented by Pekar, was arguably perfected in the pages of American Splendor. Critics were quick to shower Bechdel’s brutally honest memoir with all manner of praise, awarding the book a Eisner, placing it amongst the finalists for the National Book Award, and naming it Time Magazine’s book of the year.


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Comments

  1. I for one like Bechdel much better than Pekar. The student outperforming the master, if you will.

  2. joecab says:

    Bechdel’s already drawn for Pekar in the pages of American Spendor, more than once and many years ago. This article seems to imply that it’s never happened before.

  3. Ben.May says:

    What? Fun Home was a finalist for the National Book Award? I thought the only comic with that honor was American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Am I dreaming this?

    That’s some pretty poor reporting if I’m right.

  4. Tommy Raiko says:

    “What? Fun Home was a finalist for the National Book Award? I thought the only comic with that honor was American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang. Am I dreaming this? ”

    I think you’re right that AMERICAN BORN CHINESE was the first (and probably still is the only) comic/graphic novel nominated for the National Book Award, and after a quick scan of the NBA site, I don’t see that FUN HOME was nominated for the award.

    FUN HOME was nomiated for the similarly-named-but-completely different National Book Critics Cricle Award, however. So maybe that’s the source of the error in the original report…

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