Author: josh

Josh Neufeld is the writer/artist of the bestselling nonfiction graphic novel A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge (Pantheon). In addition, he is the illustrator of the bestseller The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media (W.W. Norton). He was a 2013 Knight-Wallace fellow in journalism at the University of Michigan. Neufeld lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and daughter.
  • SxSwJ&D on NxNW

    Scene by Scene with Josh & Dean is making a seven-episode cameo on another podcast! Josh and Dean are excited to be part of a team of other movies-by-minute podcasters, on The Hitchcock Minute, who are breaking down the classic Alfred Hitchcock thriller North by Northwest. J&D were given the movie’s final seven minutes, which of course famously take place on the face of Mount Rushmore. Juicy material!

  • AS Bonus: Live Event with Springer Berman, Pulcini, Friedlander, and Leib

    A special live event held at New York City’s famed Society of Illustrators. After a screening of the film, Josh & Dean sat down with American Splendor writer/directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini (via Skype), actor Judah Friedlander, and animator Gary Leib. Behind-the-scenes stories of the making of the film, the animation, influences from the comics, and much more, including questions from the audience.

  • AS Bonus: Writer/Directors SHARI SPRINGER BERMAN and ROBERT PULCINI Interview

    Josh & Dean sit down with American Splendor writer/directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini for a freewheeling discussion of the movie. Shari & Bob talk about meeting Harvey & Joyce, the writing & making of the film, their working method and creative choices, casting, memorable moments from the shoot, the film’s main themes, and Harvey’s legacy.

  • AS 30: The End Credits

    American Splendor scene #30 (1:37:31 to 1:41:08) — As the credits roll, Josh & Dean reflect on all things Pekar/American Splendor. What should have been the film’s post-credit sequence? What would an American Splendor TV show look like? (Dino keeps coming back to Louis C.K.)

  • AS 29: Part of the Story (with Alex Robinson)

    American Splendor scene #29 (1:31:12 to 1:37:31) — Alex Robinson of Star Wars Minute joins Josh & Dean for the final scene of the film! (Well, actually, six little “scenelets.”) It's one year later, and Harvey & Joyce sign Our Cancer Year. Harvey is declared cancer-free! They adopt Danielle, and Harvey adjusts to being a parent (of a sort). The real Harvey retires from the VA hospital, and the movie ends with a group hug.

  • AS Bonus: Animator GARY LEIB Interview

    Josh sits down with Gary Leib to discuss his work on the film, specifically on key scenes like the title sequence, "Old Jewish Ladies," and "Who is Harvey Pekar?" Gary's background as an alternative cartoonist (Idiotland) and musician, and his long-standing partnership with Doug Allen. How Gary got into animation and initially hooked up with Ted Hope and Good Machine. John Kuramoto's vital contributions to the animation. Getting to know Harvey at Sundance, and what it was like when American Splendor won the Grand Jury Prize. Why Gary can't toot his own horn in the age of Trump.

  • AS 28: Who is Harvey Pekar?

    American Splendor scene #28 (1:28:12 to 1:31:12) — In one continuous take, Harvey wanders through a dreamscape, musing about his name, the telephone book, and other Harvey Pekars.

  • AS 27: Treatment Begins

    American Splendor scene #27 (1:24:49 to 1:28:11) — The trauma and turmoil of Harvey’s treatment; time passes strangely. Meanwhile, Fred — accompanied by Danielle — continues to work on Our Cancer Year with Harvey & Joyce. An addled Harvey wonders if he’s real or if he’s just a character in a comic book. And if he dies will the story end, or will it keep on going? The scene begins and ends out of focus.

  • AS Bonus: Producer Ted Hope Interview

    Josh & Dean chat with Ted Hope (now with Amazon Studios), the producer of American Splendor. Hope talks about his own background in the business, the development of the film (including Dean’s key introductions), his favorite moments from the shoot, and premiering the film at Sundance. In a moving testament to authenticity in art, Hope explains why protects like American Splendor (both the film and the comics) have to exist.

  • AS 26: Our Cancer Year (with Jeff “JahFurry” Newelt)

    American Splendor scene #26 (1:18:34 to 1:24:48) — To his and Joyce’s great shock, Harvey is diagnosed with lymphoma. Joyce suggest he “make a comic book of the whole thing,” but Harvey just wants to die. Undeterred, Joyce enlists Fred, an artist, to illustrate the experience. Fred brings along Danielle, his daughter, on their first brainstorming session, and Joyce is smitten with the girl. Harvey agrees to participate in the comic — and asks Fred tp keep bringing Danielle along. Josh & Dean are again joined by Jeff “JahFurry” Newelt, who edited Harvey's online Pekar Project and the graphic novel Cleveland.