Studs Terkel's Working: A Graphic Adaptation

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The New Press, May 12, 2009 - History - 208 pages
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In the thirty-five years since Pulitzer Prize–winner Studs Terkel’s Working first documented American workers’ hopes and dreams, that “deep penetration of American thought and feeling” (Los Angeles Times) has sold over a million copies, captivating readers with accounts of how their fellow citizens make a living.

A masterpiece of words, Working is now adapted into comic-book form by Harvey Pekar, the blue-collar antihero of his American Book Award–winning comics series American Splendor. Brilliantly scripting and arranging Terkel’s interviews, Pekar collaborates with established comics veterans and some of the comic underground’s brightest new talent, selected by editor Paul Buhle. Readers will find a visual palette of influences from Mexican, African American, superhero, and feminist art, each piece an electric melding of artist and subject. This is a book that will both delight Terkel fans and introduce his work to a whole new audience—a fitting tribute to an American legend.

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Terkel's Working from the early 1970s spotlighted the quotidian: 133 ordinary Americans talking about their daily lives. Several years later, Pekar's American Splendor adapted the concept to ... Read full review

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Pecking Order
In the Spotlight
Behind a Desk
Cleaning Up
Second Chance
Looking After Each Other From Cradle to Grave
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Harvey Pekar (1939-2010) was a comic book writer and author of the autobiographical American Splendor series, which was adapted into an Academy Award nominated film. Pekar was also a prolific jazz and book critic.

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