About Harvey Pekar, Father of Graphic Novels
Cleveland’s own Harvey Pekar, creator of American Splendor and known as the father of graphic novels, has two remembrances of him at the Cleveland Public Library. At the main library, or any of its branches, you can get a library card with an image of Harvey Pekar while he was using the library branch in Cleveland. His use of the library greatly informed his autobiographical graphic novels.
At the University Heights branch is a bronze statue inside the library atop a desk with supplies for writing and drawing. Articles in Publishers Weekly and Cleveland.com explain Cleveland’s efforts to maintain Pekar’s memory. Read general information about the branch here: heightslibrary.org.
Sites to See and Stay Near Other Cleveland Libraries
Historic Cleveland has had a resurgence in recent years. Near the South Branch of the Cleveland Public Library, visitors can tour A Christmas Story House and Museum, the home used in the filming of the holiday classic based on a memoir written by Jean Shepherd. Another example of history brought to current day is near the Carnegie West Branch of the Cleveland Public Library where a second-story loft that was previously part of a carpet warehouse, built in the downtown area in 1929, has been artistically renovated and converted into a bed-and-breakfast. Read about it here: Forty-O-Five Loft.
The Cleveland Public Library is the final stop on our Ohio Trail!