Collaborator Remembers Pekar
Seibel describes an unlikely optimist
Perhaps the final work in comic-book writer Harvey Pekar’s oeuvre that appeared while he was still alive—the last strip to be, if I may, published humously—was (as I noted) his collaboration with Tara Seibel in the Jewish Review of Books.
Today, Seibel opens up about her strip-writing partner: ““He could be sitting there worried,” she recalls, “all rumpled up over $500 and has it come in yet, versus having cancer. I was really surprised at how optimistic he was.”
Their final collaboration—and perhaps Pekar’s final piece of work—will be published in the catalog for “Graphic Details: Confessional Comics By Jewish Women,” an exhibition at San Francisco’s Cartoon Art Museum opening October 1.