Joseph Remnant – brother to Southeast Engine frontman Adam Remant and bassist Jesse Remnant – was discovered by the infamous comic book author Harvey Pekar a couple years back. Pekar was known for his American Splendor comic series that ran from 1976-1988 and was illustrated by the likes of R. Crumb (see cover for the Grateful Dead’s Shakedown Street and Big Brother & The Holding Company’s Cheap Thrills).

A 2003 film of the same name was done on Pekar’s life, starred Paul Giamatti (in addition to Pekar), and won first honors at Sundance. Here is a clip of Pekar getting into a fight on David Letterman’s show.

So it goes, Pekar saw a spread Joseph drew in Arthur Magazine and quickly asked him to illustrate Cleveland – a graphic novel concerning his hometown. Joseph obliged, though halfway through the process Pekar abruptly passed away. Thankfully, the script was written and Joseph was able to finish Pekar’s now-posthumous novel on the author’s hometown of Cleveland, OH.

Cleveland is a a spectacular artifact and charted on the New York Times bestseller list for graphic novels. You can purchase it here and read more about it below. Thanks for supporting the arts. Hey, who knows, perhaps Southeast Engine will have a Big Brother & The Holding Company-esque cover in future days?…

“One of the very greatest works by that unique and irreplaceable American voice, the truly splendorous Harvey Pekar… graced by the impeccable and poignant artistry of Joseph Remnant.” – From the introduction by Alan Moore

“A must for graphic-novel, Americana, and localism buffs alike.” – Booklist (starred review)

‎”Often insightful, and unafraid to show himself in an extremely uncomplimentary light, Pekar illustrates 70 years of recent history as seen through the eyes of one gloomy but talented pessimist… Remnant brings this very personal history to vibrant life with his own flair for the charm of the ordinary. Cleveland will stand as a must-have volume in Pekar’s body of work.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“America’s poet-comic-laureate of curmudgeonhood is sorely missed, but thankfully, this posthumous book, like Hamlet’s father, is here to remind us of the great man, the great Pekar.” – Jonathan Ames, author and creator of HBO’s Bored to Death

“A great American writer at the very tip top of his game and working with one of the best visual interpreters of his long career. Cleveland is a masterpiece, a modern American masterpiece.” – Richard Metzger, Dangerous Minds