Harvey Pekar Statue Campaign Launches

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A piece of work — now a work of art!
  • A piece of work — now a work of art.

A few weeks back we mentioned the proposed statue honoring late Cleveland comics author Harvey Pekar, who died in July 2010. The “Harvey Pekar Library Statue: Comics As Art & Literature Desk” will sit outside the bookstore in the Cleveland Heights/University Heights Library, one of Pekar’s favorite haunts.

Now the Pekar Estate has launched its promised Kickstarter campaign to raise the necessary $30,000 by December 5. And how's it going so far?

Kick-started this morning, the campaign had snared more than $1,000 by 3:30 this afternoon.

High rollers who loved Pekar will be treated to some perks for their patronage. A donation of $10,000 gets you one of the outfits worn by Pekar in the 2003 film about his life and career, American Splendor.

But that's not all. You'll also get what's billed as “your chance to voice feedback to any book [of Pekar’s] on a special phone line. So long as you’re moderately civil, your call WILL be returned by [Pekar’s wife] Joyce [Brabner], a Harvey friend or collaborator.”

At the Kickstarter page, you can see videos by Brabner, CH/UH Library director Nancy Levin (who talks about Pekar’s connection to the library), and sculptor Justin Coulter, the statue's creator.

The piece is described as “a literary landmark, a desk that’s always filled with paper and pencils for people to sit and write or draw comics at the same place where Harvey Pekar liked to work.” — Anastasia Pantsios

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