A little while back, I was asked to participate in a group tribute to Harvey Pekar; at this point there are 11 artists who have committed, and panels by Derf (The City) and Karl Krumpholz (Byron) have already gone up. Among the other participating artists are Aaron Williams (Nodwick), Mike Keefe (Denver Post), Peter Kuper (MAD), Ben Frisch (Wonkette), Kenny Be (Westword), Phil Foglio (Girl Genius) and Jake Vest (That's Jake).
My panel is to accompany this quote from R. Crumb: “He’s the soul of Cleveland. He’s passionate and articulate, He’s grim and Jewish. I appreciate the way he embraces all that darkness.”
At first I started a painted portrait of Pekar, but I kept drifting back, in my mind’s eye, to what it might look like as a woodcut. Finally I just scotched the painting and went full force on a woodcut, and I like how fierce it came out.
Here’s a link to all the images so far on Scholars and Rogues