Seth Kushner on "Remembering Harvey Pekar"

Today marks the first anniversary of Harvey Pekar's death. Very few people have had as great an influence on my life as Harvey. I was very fortunate to be able to collaborate with him and bring AMERICAN SPLENDOR to the screen.

I was thrilled to be approached by Seth Kushner about his current tribute to Harvey. I offer you a glimpse of it here.

CulturePOP Photocomix was born out of Seth Kushner's desire to fuse his love of photojournalism, personality profile, and comix into a wholly unique form. Through this prism, Kushner has profiled such diverse personalities as toy designer Super Sucklord, author Douglas Rushkoff, comedian/musician Reggie Watts, artist Cynthia Von Buhler and auto-bio comix pioneer, American Splendor's Harvey Pekar, on the one-year anniversary of his death.

Read the whole thing right here. Seth Kushner — shoots portraits for such publications The New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Businessweek, L'Uomo Vogue and others. Seth's first book, The Brooklynites, was published by powerHouse Books in 2007. Currently, he's working on his next book Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comic Books, coming March 2011.

Free PEANUTS (If you act fast) !

Everyone knows that PEANUTS is one of the greatest comic strips ever, right?  But did you know that NEW animated episodes of it are available for free download at the iTunes store.  Better act now and get them onto your iPod, or your parents' iPod that is.  

We don't know how to link directly to the iTunes store (please tell us if you know how) so you have to click on this link and then click on the link there that will direct you and then download.  But do it now because it is only for a few days!

Jeffrey Lewis Is The Truth Of Now

Early this year, we stumbled into a show at Joe's Pub.  We were there to see some folkie that there was some buzz about.  Luckily there was some guy all alone at his table with great sight lines and we invited ourselves to join him.  Then Jeffrey Lewis took the stage.

Somehow we knew nothing about Jeffrey.  He wasn't whom we came to see.  On top of it all, he was even performing his own songs but those of the Anarcho Punk band CRASS who I also knew absolutely nothing about.  The night remains one of my favorite rock events ever!  Okay, not quite X's Wild Gift tour at Boston's The Channel, with Mission of Burma opening, but still, right up there, and that other one was sooo long ago.
Jeffrey has an incredible body of work.  I have now bought or otherwise acquired virtually all of it and it thrills me repeatedly.  The songs are consistently a blast, funny & wise, and occasionally work their way deep into my subconscious.  I love his comic books, but his histories (The History Of Lower East Side Punk, Of Communism, Of The Fall) really get me.  Now he's written something on the NYTimes' consistently great Measure For Measure blog that is the music equivalent of Jonathan Lethem's piece on influences earlier this year.
I look forward to this world where Jeffrey Lewis continues to consistently makes all kinds of stuff to delight and wake us up.  There's so much of it out there, I am going to have to make it a couple of posts, so stay tuned.
The Complete History of Punk Rock:

The History Of Communism (Parts 1 & 2):