According to the publisher's remarks accompanying this work, "Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me (is) the final graphic memoir" from Pekar. Structured as a sort of variant of the Socratic dialogue, this work presents Pekar and Waldman spending a day in Pekar's hometown (Cleveland, OH, for the uninitiated among you) hashing out the "mythologies and realities surrounding the Jewish homeland," during which "Pekar interweaves his increasing disillusionment with the modern state of Israel with a comprehensive history of the Jewish people from the biblical times to the present." Harvey has always been someone who speaks his mind and what he has had to say has been worth listening to; it should be no different this time around. Concludes with an epilogue by Joyce Brabner
Long in the making (and right here in the Pittsburgh area, too, as that is where Mark Zingarelli has been hunched over his drawing table, converting Ms. Brabner's elegaic yet uplifting script into page after page of hard won comics), Second Avenue Caper takes readers back to the earliest days of the AIDS epidemic in NYC, when no one knew what was happening, what caused it, how it was spread, or how to stop it. Many – perhaps most – Copacetic customers are too young to have experienced the early days of AIDS, and the fear, sorrow, anger and, ultimately, hope-filled community building, that it engendered. This 144 page hardcover graphic history of this era brings it to life for the younger generations that have grown up and come of age in its wake, and whose lives and behaviors have been shaped by it, without their necessarily realizing it.