With this simple post: “Don’t go thinkin’ I started usin’ computers or anything. I’m just givin’ my twitters over the phone,” the curmudgeonly poet behind the comic book series American Splendor has carried his stories into the 21st Century.
The dictated Twitter stream was part of the Smith magazine’s Pekar Project, reportedly Pekar’s first foray into web comics along with a rotating crew of artists. The project began when Pekar began collaborating with Cleveland artist Tara Seibel, who created that image for the first installment.
Here’s Smith comics editor Jeff Newelt describing the project: “Pekar’s been mining the mundane for magic for more than 30 years in his autobiographical American Splendor comics. Now he has teamed with SMITH and four remarkable artists–Tara Seibel, Joseph Remnant, Rick Parker, and Sean Pryor–to create his first ongoing webcomic series. New stories appear every other week, with interviews, creator spotlights, and behind-the-scenes goodies.”