Further aiding the cause is Joseph Remnant, the 28 year old creator best known for his collaborations with revered comics legend Harvey Pekar via Smith Magazine’s Pekar Project. Self-publishing his own Blindspot earlier this year, the comic is an illuminating look into the creative voice behind the earthy Crumb-influenced visuals that many of us are familiar with. Comedic in tone, with a healthy-dose of self-deprecation, it’s a mixture of fiction, biography and, at points, both pretending to be the other.
We’re big fans of Blindspot, so we invited Joseph to talk to us about the inspirations and decisions behind it, as well as his upcoming project: Pekar’s posthumous graphic novel Cleveland, which work began on before the American Splendor scribe passed away. Read on for talk of the comics, along with his thoughts on the pamphlet format, his relationship with Pekar, and his appreciation of the original BBC version of The Office and The Beach Boys. Sound like a blast? It absolutely is.
This is an impossible question because every track works together to create a truly perfect album (perhaps with the exception of Sloop John B.) However, a definite standout for me is Don’t Talk Put Your Head On My Shoulder. There’s something about the aching sound of Brian’s voice and the string section at the end that’s so unique and haunting and beautiful, that it just kills me every time I hear it.