The day at CON: Helen Mirren salutes Harvey Pekar

Classy lady!

Helen also commented on the late Harvey Pekar by wearing a shirt with his name. “It was a great graphic artist and I want to salute him today,” she said.


  1. says

    Ohh I could be really pedantic here and say that Harvey Pekar never actually drew anything, and so wasn’t technically a “graphic artist” but more of a “graphic novelist” — but I won’t.

  2. Brian J. says

    Ah, but you did. But everyone is thinking it anyway. And it’s Helen’s good intentions that count in the end. :)

  3. Al™ says

    And the “it”, well, okay, Pekar was a “he”.

    But Mirren is so well known and well spoken that her well meaning comment in itself probably caused a surge in sales of Pekar’s books to the general public.

  4. says

    I think her manager handed her the shirt and said, “Here…put this on. These people will eat it up.”. Sort of a geek cred thing. She obviously knew nothing about Pekar and his work. And WTF? “It”?

  5. says

    Geek cred:
    * Voice of “Deep Thought” in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    * Red (based on a GN)
    * Inkheart
    * The Twilight Zone (“Dead Woman’s Shoes)
    * 2010
    * Excalibur (nominated for a Saturn)

    (And as a film geek, she’s in two amazing casts: Caligula, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.)

  6. says

    Which makes her wearing of a Pekar shirt all the more unnecessary. Really….does it seem like she’s familiar with the guy’s work? If she was, she’d know he wasn’t a “graphic artist”.

    Speaking of graphic artists, I can tell you one did NOT design that Pekar shirt. Comic Sans wouldn’t be used for a garage sale sign, much less a tribute/memorial piece.

  7. says

    Mark, you really think a Harvey Pekar shirt is a calculated move to earn geek cred? This isn’t SPX, it’s ComicCon.

  8. says

    No, I don’t think it was calculated. I think it was more a spur of the moment thing (possibly a manager) who said “here, wear this”. It just seems silly for someone of her stature memorializing someone whose work she’s obviously not that familiar with.

  9. says

    “Mirren even sported comic related wardrobe. She wore a T-shirt in tribute of the late Harvey Pekar, author of American Splendor. She designed the shirt herself online and had it made for the convention.

    “I’m wearing a t-shirt in [tribute] to Harvey Pekar who I thought was a great, great artist. I thought it was all about comic book heroes and boys kind of stuff. He revealed the fact that a graphic novel could be as deep, complex, personal and psychological as any other work of art: novel, movie, painting, anything. So I think that this world, I think it’s really exciting to see it burgeoning and expanding and changing as it goes into a real total art form. I think we’re at a very exciting point in the whole era, the whole ether, the whole development of comic books. I’m fascinated to see where it’s going to be in another 20 years.””

  10. says

    I stand corrected! Thanks for the additional info, Torsten. She obviously IS a fan….though I still wonder why she characterized him as a graphic artist.

    That also explains the use of Comic Sans!

  11. Nathan Marik says

    I’m assuming she just meant it in terms of an artist using a graphical medium. The phrasing is a bit off, clearly.

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