Harvey Pekar was always thinking and writing and working, so everyone knew there was large stockpile of unpublished Pekar work out there. How many graphic novels was he working on? What about "The Pekar Project"?
MTV caught up with Jeff Newelt, the editor of "The Pekar Project," and Newelt sheds some light on when we can see Pekar's last works.
MTV: Where do things stand with "The Pekar Project" now? How far ahead did Harvey work on the scripts?
NEWELT: There are still a bunch of comics yet to come out on "The Pekar Project" that we have in the can and done. I'm actually going to write a tribute comic of my own, too. Before Harvey passed away, we would jam and he liked my ideas. He kept bugging me to write a comic, so I'm going to pay tribute to him by writing my first comic about my experience as editor on "The Pekar Project" and working with him, drawn by the four "Pekar Project" artists.
With so many "Pekar Project" artists around, I'm sure we can expect more tributes on the site in addition to mine, too.
MTV: I know Harvey had been working on a few other books, too. Were you involved with any of those? Do you know what their status is?
NEWELT: The first branch-off of "The Pekar Project" is coming out this year. He was working on a graphic novel called "Cleveland," which comes out during the summer of 2011 from this company called Zip Comics. The script was ready for that. It's one-third history of Cleveland, one-third Harvey's experiences there, and one-third biographical sketches of Cleveland characters. It's drawn by Joseph Remnant, one of the definitive Pekar artists.