Pekar Park Comic Book Fest


Please note: Due to the heat forecast for Saturday, vendors and activities will move  indoors to the Grog Shop and the Coventry branch library. The Chalk Art Festival will remain outside at Pekar Park.


On July 20, the Pekar Park Comic Book Fest will return to Coventry Village for its fifth year. Since 2015, this free festival has honored the legacy of late Cleveland Heights resident and graphic novelist Harvey Pekar by offering a wide range of arts and comics-themed activities for visitors of all ages!

The Coventry branch and Grog Shop will host workshops, panels, and hands-on activities to inspire community members to engage with comics in their own ways. Activities will vary from spotlights on local comic book and graphic novel writers and illustrators to movie screenings and hands-on crafts and performances.

Special Morning Workshop at Mac’s Backs

9:30-11:00 a.m.: Georgia Webber Drawing Skills Workshop at Mac’s Backs/1820 Coventry Rd.

Drawing the Inside Out: Creating Comics from Personal Experience with Georgia Webber
Do you want to make comics, and need a place to start? In this workshop, autobio comics creator Georgia Webber will guide you through the basics of comics-making skills, and how to apply them in creating stories from your own life experience! Learn how to structure a story, how to choose what to tell and what to show, how to develop your own language of comics, and more about why autobio narratives are so powerful.

Georgia Webber is a comics artist, writer, and editor living in southern Ontario. Georgia is best known for her debut graphic memoir, Dumb: Living Without a Voice (Fantagraphics 2018). This drawing workshop has room for 8 participants. Please email to register. There is no fee, but donations are accepted.


Comics and Artists Marketplace in the PEACE Park 12-6 p.m.

From noon to 6 p.m., visit the Grog Shop and Coventry branch library to meet dozens of local comic and zine artists and dealers, and purchase some of the most original, creative art around!

Cartoonist Ron Hill will be at Mac’s Backs book tent from 1-2 p.m.

Hill has been a cartoonist, illustrator, caricaturist, creative director, author, and high school teacher. Born in Cleveland, for the last 20 years he has been an award-winning editorial cartoonist for The Chagrin Valley Times, The Solon Times, Geauga Times Courier, and West Life. He is a member of the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists and and past president of the Northern Ohio Illustrators Society. He has just published The Usual Suspects: Rounding Up 20 Years with the Times, an anthology of political cartoons.

Kid-Friendly Activities

1 – 4 p.m.: Ongoing creative activities

  • Chalk Art Contest facilitated by photographer Tyler Federico and sponsored by Blick Art Materials (Pekar Park)
  • Collaborate on creation of a comic book (Coventry branch library)
  • Kids crafts with Talia (Coventry branch library)
  • Zine making with Lake Erie Ink. “Characters in Your Community” (Coventry branch library)

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.: CosPlay fashion show at B-Side

Organized by Curtis O’Neal, Urban Otaku


Events at the Coventry Branch

Noon-1 p.m.: Anime film shorts

1:30-2:15 p.m.: Anime Cosplay Panel

Members of UrbanOtaku
Urban Otaku is a Cleveland-based anime club that for the past 6 years, has been creating experiences for people
who not only share an interest in anime but Asian culture as well. Their main goal is to create quality events for the Cleveland community that has an interest in anime, comics, gaming, and other types of “nerd” culture.

2:30-3:15 p.m.: Women in Comix Panel

Moderator: Cordelia Eddy

Georgia Webber
Georgia Webber is a comics artist, writer, and editor living in southern Ontario. She is entirely occupied by the intersection of health and art, making music, comics, and facilitating health workshops from this point of fascination. Georgia is best known for her debut graphic memoir, Dumb: Living Without a Voice (Fantagraphics 2018), the chronicle of her severe vocal injury and sustained vocal condition which causes her pain from using her voice

Michelle Littlejohn
Michelle Littlejohn is an independent artist and illustrator living in Cleveland. Her source of inspiration is her four children and she creates comics, zines and stickers

Abby Cali
Abby Cali is an artist, writer, and educator based in Cleveland. She is dedicated to working on collaborative art processes that advance positive social and environmental impacts. She is the co-editor of Rise, a collaborative book of poetry, prose, and visual art by survivors of sexualized violence. Recently, Abby has illustrated the two-player card game Welterweights published by Spontaneously Combustible.

Lindsay Bryan
Lindsey J Bryan is an illustrator and surface designer based in Cleveland. She graduated from the Cleveland Institute of Art with a BFA in Illustration and a concentration in Creative Writing in 2016.

3:30-4:15: Readers Recommend Graphic Novels & Comics

Moderator: Melissa O’Grady

Mary Quade
Mary Quade is a poet and associate professor of English at Hiram College where she teaches creative writing with interests in screenwriting, comics, environmental writing and photography.

John G
John G is illustrator, comics creator and head of Cleveland-based Shiner Comics, Inc. He co-founded and continues to run Genghis Con, an award-winning annual small press and underground comics convention in Cleveland.

Josh Harlan
Josh Harlan is the co-owner and proprietor of Imaginary World Comics & Collectibles in Cleveland Heights.

4:30-6:30 p.m.: Movie: My Friend Dahmer, Q&A after with author/artist Derf