We've lived in a world without Harvey Pekar for two years now. While Harvey, the legendary writer of comics like American Splendor and the posthumously published Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, is gone, his presence continues to be felt in the culture. And if you live in Cleveland, it'll be viewable at the Lee Road branch of the Cleveland Heights-University Heights Public Library. That library - the one Harvey frequented - will be getting a Pekar statue on October 14th.
The statue will be unveiled at a ceremony called “Harvey Pekar: A Literary, Library Life." It'll be free and open to the public, and JT Waldman, who illustrated Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me will be speaking. It starts at 2:00 pm.
I know there's a statue of Tintin creator Hergé in France, but I can't think of too many other statues dedicated to comics creators. That puts Harvey in some pretty cool company.
Here's what the statue looks like. I don't think it's complete yet: