The fourth Pekar Park Comic Book Fest will return to Coventry Village on July 14. The free event spotlights local, independent comic book writers, illustrators and retailers and offers workshops for adults and kids.
The event will run from noon until 5 p.m. The day will culminate in a showing of the Harvey Pekar biopic “American Splendor.”
“Northeast Ohio is home to so many talented comic writers and illustrators, and Harvey really paved the way for these local independent comic and zine creators,” says Heights Libraries Coventry Branch Manager Pat Gray. “What better way to honor him than by getting all this talent together in one place, and inspiring new artists?”
The day’s workshops and panels features some fascinating topics. Each session will be held at the Heights Libraries’ Coventry Branch. Topics include:
The Art of Comix and Graphic Novels: Terri Libenson and Angela Oster will discuss the art of illustrating comix and graphic novels.
Publishing Comix and Zines: Bryn Adams, Miguel Hernandez, Melissa O’Grady and Kyle Osborne
What to Read Next? Reader’s Advisory for New and Favorite Graphic Novels and Comix: Kate Atherton, Tyler Federico, John G., Joshua Harlan and Leslie Nichol
The event will feature the comic vendors Comics Are Go, Imaginary Worlds, Mac’s Backs Books on Coventry; publishers Outlandish Press and Vagabond Comics; and artists Ted Sikora, Ashley Ribbletts, Keith Allen, Kate Atherton, Lindsey Bryan, Jed Collins, Michelle and Miguel Hernandez, Clare Kolat, Craig Lindsley, McKenzie Merriman, Chloe Niclas, Noelle Richards, Nathan Ward, and Tim Switalski.
The day’s activities for kids will include superhero crafts, comic making with Lake Erie Ink, spray tattoos, balloon animals and more!
Panel discussions will take place throughout the afternoon at the Heights Libraries Coventry Branch, and at noon there will be a special film preview screening:
12 p.m. – Street Car City and Comix
A film essay by Cleveland Heights resident Brad Masi. This excerpt will show graphic re-enactments of early 1900s Cleveland drawn by Gary Dumm and JT Waldman and footage of Harvey Pekar as he interacts with friends and goes about his hum-drum life in this streetcar suburb.
1 p.m. – The Art of Comix and Graphic Novels
Terri Libenson and Angela Oster will discuss the art of illustrating comix and graphic novels.
2 p.m. – Publishing Comix and Zines
Bryn Adams, Miguel Hernandez, Melissa O’Grady and Kyle Osborne will discuss publishing in a panel moderated by Derf.
3 p.m. – What to Read Next? Reader’s Advisory for New and Favorite
Graphic Novels and Comix
Kate Atherton, Tyler Federico, John G., Joshua Harlan and Leslie Nichol
4 p.m. – Screening of American Splendor (2003, 1 hr 40 min)
An original mix of fiction and reality illuminates the life of comic book hero everyman Harvey Pekar.
2-4 p.m. Comic Film Shorts at Mac’s Backs
Activities for kids and families will take place outside in front of the Library:
Superhero Crafts and Comic Making with Lake Erie Ink (12-5 p.m.),
Airbrush Tattoos (12:30 – 2:30 p.m.),
Balloon sculptures by Dr. Strange (2:30 – 4:30 p.m.), and more.
Comic-related arts & crafts with Coventry Library children’s staff (12-5 p.m.)