“American Splendor” on Modern Tales

Modern Tales — www.moderntales.com — announced today that the fifth installment of its “longform comics anthology” Modern Tales Longplay is now available, with numerous features, including several brand-new “American Splendor” stories by Harvey Pekar and longtime collaborator Gary Dumm.


It’s a dream come true for editor Joe Zabel– to import the work of his former collaborators Harvey Pekar and Gary Dumm to the exciting frontiers of the webcomic.

For a span of ten years and as many issues, Zabel worked with Pekar and Dumm on Pekar’s landmark alternative comix series ‘American Splendor.’ Now, on the heels of Pekar’s success with the Sundance-award-winning film version of ‘American Splendor,’ Pekar, Dumm, and Zabel have teamed up again to present ‘Eyewitness Comics,’ a special all-autobiographical issue of the webcomics anthology Modern Tales Longplay.

Modern Tales is the leading commercial webcomics publisher, and Longplay is a monthly feature on the site devoted to stand-alone, ‘long form’ webcomics. Modern Tales subscribers have access to more than 30 constantly-updating webcomics serials, as well as every “issue” of Longplay.

What will be new to Pekar fans in this momentous web-based event? ‘In a word, COLOR,’ says Zabel. ‘Or make that SIZE and COLOR. For the first time, we’ll get to see page after page of Harvey’s great comics stories presented in a wide variety of color stylings– 15 full-color pages, many of them double-page spreads which, for web presentation, don’t need to be sliced up the way they are in print.’

‘This is also the first time,’ says Zabel, ‘that Harvey’s work will be presented in the context of a new generation of cartoonists, for whom autobiography is a matured, classical mode of comics writing. We’ve collected a body of work that is not only the best autobiographical comics, but the best comics, period.’

The full contents of this month’s issue of Longplay include:

–‘American Splendor on the Web’ by Harvey Pekar and illustrated by Gary Dumm

Harv’s recent comics chronicle small moments in his life and meditations on jazz music and baseball, all
illustrated by Dumm in a stunning rainbow of color and shades. Dumm also provides this issues guest
editorial, describing the mood on the set when the ‘American Splendor’ movie was being shot.

–‘Tuesday’ by Henrik Rehr

Henrik Rehr has been doing the worldwide syndicated newspaper strip Ferd’nand since 1989, has published 15
graphic novels in Europe and has had exhibitions of his Fine Art in New York and Denmark. He lives in New
York with his wife and sons, and started a newspaper strip called ‘Castles in the Sand’ in 2001. This
stunning 48-page graphic novel chronicles his experiences on September 11, 2001, while living in an
apartment building 2 blocks from the World Trade Center.

–‘Melanie’s Wedding’ by Tom Galambos

A wedding dance inspires mixed emotions in a heartbroken attendee, in this stylistically-adventurous true-life story by Galambos, acclaimed creator of the graphic novel All the Wrong Places. Galambos currently works as a teacher and

–‘My Uncle Jeff’ by Damon Hurd, illustrated by Pedro

In deft and subtle strokes, this story keenly recollects a family gathering in which one of his childhood heroes is seen in a new light. Hurd is the creator and author of beta, a small-press magazine featuring original graphic novellas

–‘Whoa, Mexico’ by Tatiana Gill

A beguiling, light-hearted charm enlivens Gill’s confession of reckless misbehavior during a family outing South of the Border. Tatiana resides in Seattle and when she’s not drawing comics, she’s hanging her comic originals in art galleries, giving comic slide show presentations, singing, go-go dancing, dressing up like a clown, and plotting her
comics take-over of the world.

–‘Empathy’ by Neil Kleid

This revelations of personal loss transcend the physical to become a shattering tableau of psychic distress and melancholy beauty. A Detroit transplant to NYC, Kleid is a professional graphic designer who is currently researching/writing a graphic novel detailing the life of Albert Tannebaum, late of Murder Incorporated.

— ‘I Was a Teenage Newave Cartoonist
(A History of Minicomix:
1972 – Now)’ by Bruce Chrislip

In this, the first major prose essay featured at Longplay, Chrislip’s vantage point as the founder and
first editor of City Limits Gazette gives him unique insight into the Newave subculture of the comics
medium. This stunning survey of the remarkably diverse and rich minicomics tradition includes over 50 covers!


Joey Manley

Joey Manley (b.1965–d.2013) was the author of the novel The Death of Donna-May Dean (1992), entrepreneur, and founder of Modern Tales and WebcomicsNation. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joey_Manley