“[Pekar’s] message here is important—that a good Jew asks tough questions, that a history of oppression requires us to be more conscious of the oppressed.”
—David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times
“This posthumous publication reflects the seminal graphic memoirist at his edgy best.”
—Kirkus (starred review)
“[T]his posthumous work by Pekar functions as a multipronged exploration of religious, political, and personal histories and is all the richer for it . . . A sweet and simple epilogue by Pekar’s widow, Joyce Brabner, provides the perfect capstone.”
“This is not only Pekar’s greatest work, but probably the most powerful use of his talent for plainly speaking truth to power and ignorance. JT Waldman masterfully captures the wry innocence of Harvey’s interrogation while still celebrating the subtle contours of modern American Jewishness.”
—Douglas Rushkoff, author of Life Inc. and Program or Be Programmed
“A fascinating history of the so-called Promised Land—as seen through the eyes of an estranged Jew from Cleveland. Brimming with classic Pekar asides and details, the book sheds light on a subject often obscured by heat. JT Waldman’s evocative artwork combines down-to-earth American Splendor–style illustrations with motifs inspired by everything from mythology and Islamic art to illuminated manuscripts and Chagall. I never got to say goodbye to Harvey, but reading this book was like having a final conversation with him.”
—Josh Neufeld, American Splendor artist, and author and artist of A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge
“Pekar peppers accounts of perpetual persecution with poignant autobiographical anecdotes in this concise, compelling, and sure-to-be controversial graphic history of the Jewish people and the state of Israel. JT Waldman’s art, juxtaposing realism with ancient styles, rocking exquisite mosaics and elaborate medieval and Middle Eastern design flourishes, is nothing less than a majestic tour de Schwartz.”
—Jeff Newelt, Heeb Magazine comics editor, and editor of Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland
“Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me is Harvey Pekar’s final exploration of his conflict over the history of Israel, as illuminated by JT Waldman’s protean art. This is their Jewish Book of Hours.”
—Dean Haspiel, artist of The Quitter and Cuba: My Revolution
“One part history lesson, one part autobiography, and all Harvey Pekar, Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me is an insightful look at one of the burning topics of our time. With Pekar’s scholarship and humor and JT Waldman’s stylistically varied art, this graphic book is visually entertaining and highly informative.”
—Peter Kuper, artist of The Metamorphosis
Harvey Pekar is best known for his graphic autobiography, American Splendor, which was based on his long-running comic-book series and was adapted into a film of the same name. He died in 2010.
JT Waldman is an artist, interactive designer, and comic-book creator. He is the author and illustrator of the graphic novel Megillat Esther. He lives in Philadelphia.
Joyce Brabner is an award-winning author of graphic books. She frequently collaborated with her late husband, Harvey Pekar, on his American Splendor series. She lives in Cleveland.
Harvey is someone who never grew up, and was disillusioned that his view of Israel was not as positive as his parents.' Poor little boy! Read morePublished 5 months ago by SK
More of an essay than serious research about Israel. More opinion than fact. if you enjoy Pekar's rants, which are fun, you should like parts of this. Read morePublished 8 months ago by J. Sheathelm
Harvey' work has always been under-appreciated by the mainstream. To me, he's an existentialist, with a very deep compassion for humanity and the predicament. Read morePublished 15 months ago by paschimo
This is an outstanding graphic novel. It is informative and engaging. The images are clear and the interplay between the history and Pekar's perspective is thought provoking. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Irene
Harvey Pekar discusses his parents' religious views, the history of Judaism, the creation and governance of Israel and his problems with the Jewish faith & Israel. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Frank L. Greenagel Jr.
Harvey Pekar and JT Waldman's book, Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me, is a beautiful, touching piece. Read morePublished 19 months ago by SJ
Author Harvey Pekar shows how his parents presented Israel to him with idealism and sincerity. As a boy he sees his parents thrilled as Israel wins its "War of Independence". Read morePublished 20 months ago by Loves the View
I wasn't sure where this book was going, but Pekar's edge combined with significant historical detail on Israel was a great combo. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Peter Bernard
An interesting insight on the internal debate within the Jewish Comunity about Israel and Zionism. The story is told in an autobiographical manner and deals with the tensions this... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cesar Maurera