Time: August 3, 2010 from 6pm to 8pm
Location: room 152, Birkbeck main building, Torrington Square
Website or Map: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/maps/cen…
Event Type: talk/screening
Organized By: Tony Venezia/Ernesto Priego
Latest Activity: Jul 20, 2010
A Birkbeck Contemporary Fiction Seminar/International London Comics Grid Bootleg Joint From Off the Streets of Cleveland...
“Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff”
In celebration of Harvey Pekar (1939-2010)
Birkbeck, room 152,1st floor main building,
Tuesday August 3rd 2010, 6-8 pm
A short discussion of Pekar’s life & work followed by a screening of the film American Splendor (2003)
This is an invitation to a celebration of the work of Harvey Pekar, comics writer/jazz critic/activist, who died suddenly on July 12. Pekar first published his autobiographical comic American Splendor in 1976 in collaboration with Robert Crumb. Subsequently working with a variety of artists, Pekar mined the drama and comedy of everyday life. His dedication to a poetics of commonplace realism was tempered with neurotic introspection, jazzy rhythms, and the immediacy of stand-up comedy. A good introduction, general overview, and prelude to the evening can be found at the online obituary by UCL’s Ernesto Priego.
Fans/artists/scholars will talk briefly about their favourite Pekar pages/moments/stories. Joining Ernesto will be the artists/scholars Sarah Lightman (Glasgow), and Sina Shamsavari (Goldsmiths). Master of Ceremonies is Paul Gravett (journalist/broadcaster, curator of Comica at the ICA). Following the screening we will reconvene for a celebratory wake at the Institute of Education bar.
For more information contact Tony Venezia (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ernesto Priego (email@example.com).
Or just turn up...
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