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Comments for Huntington, West Virginia On the Fly

Huntington, West Virginia On the Fly: 03/14/12

 cover art (Link goes to Powells)Huntington, West Virginia On the Fly by Harvey Pekar is a collection of four short memoirs presented in a graphic novel format. Pekar is best known for his American Splendor series, but I haven't read it.

These stories are conversations and interviews Pekar did with people he met on his tours after American Splendor was adapted for film. All of these vignettes are illustrated by Summer McClinton.

The first story begins in his home town with Hollywood Bob, his favorite limo driver. The vignette outlines how Bob went from small time hood to successful livery owner. He explains the ups and downs of driving people around town and how no one ever wants a blue limo.

The last story works as a matching bookend for Hollywood Bob. Pekar has reached his destination, Huntington, West Virginia and a small book convention. While he can't get his promised per diem, he does get a chance to cameo in a small indie film.

Although others have said this book will only appeal to those who have read American Splendor, I disagree. Certainly, that familiarity would be a lure, but the book stands alone just fine. It's a quick, compelling and entertaining read.

Five stars

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