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American Splendor has ratings and 11 reviews. The classic collection of the comics that inspired the movie American Splendor, winner of the Grand Jur. American Splendor is a series of autobiographical comic books written by Harvey Pekar and drawn by a variety of artists. The first issue was published in and the most recent in September , with publication occurring at irregular intervals. Publishers have been, at various times, Harvey Pekar himself, Dark Horse . American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar . The joyfully downbeat stories of everyday life penned by Cleveland, Ohio native Harvey Pekar, who died in July , elevated comic books.

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Want to Read Currently Reading Read. I believe this is called post-modernism, but could also be called far out.

It was the perfect book to read in the last month of last year. Books by Harvey Pekar. View all 13 comments. Views Read Edit View history.

I decided to wake up today and a write a review of this book as a new year begins. In a movie adaptation featuring Paul Giamatti playing Pekar as well as appearances by Pekar himself and Hope Davis as his wife was released to critical acclaim and first honors at the Sundance Film Festival in addition to the Writers Guild of America Award for best adapted screenplay.

Somewhere along the line somebody made a stage play about the whole thing, like they do, and then they made a movie, called American Splendor, of course.


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Crumb’s graphic rendition of Pekar standing against a completely blank background, talking about the other Harvey Pekars in the world and his curiosity about them, occasionally making small gestures like adjusting his tie or scratching his head. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

Similarly, today, I don’t understand the popularity ttimes comic book superhero genre, which falls into the populous category of activities that tens of thousands of people engage in but seem inexplicable to me, joining such diverse elements as: Despite Pekar’s much-referenced literary influences, the medium of the serialized comic book fits this kind of story perfectly, allowing a life to grow and unfold before us.

Crumb] Inks Robert Crumb [as R. He tells stories of his everyday activities: I loved Letterman back then and still like him today, but watching Pekar fight to remain himself amidst the high live biz gloss seemed to pull back the curtain and reveal that TV was not life but a puppet show instead.

American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar

The underground-comic author can now say that he’s pleased with the dramatic adaptation of his work, nine months after it opened,” Los Angeles Times July 4, You might see a city bus, or the inside of a V. It holds a pulse to the everyday Joe and offers little tidbits of advice on life.

Jul 24, Mark Desrosiers rated it liked it Shelves: Unlike Bukowski, Pekar is americwn a heavy drinker and the displays of machismo are rare. Crumb is the artist so frequently associated with American Splendorbecause most of the art is done by less famous artists who do a much better job.


Situations covered include Pekar’s job as a file clerk at a Veteran’s Administration hospital and his relations with colleagues and patients there. This page collection was issued on the heels of the film “American Splendor,” and it includes material previously published in the first two collected volumes in the American Splendor series. He was amrrican an odd character that I had to run out and get is comic books.

American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar by Harvey Pekar

This is a rewarding experience. Warehouse Deals Open-Box Discounts. Introduction Table of Contents: Its version of comic book storytelling is interesting, unique, and worth full consideration.

Apr 09, Samuel rated it really liked it Shelves: Dorling Kindersleyp. In an interview with Walrus Comix, Pekar described how the idea of producing his own comic book developed. Cover thumbnails are used for identification purposes only. Looking for beautiful books?

Harvey Pekar has a gift in the way he is able to bring the everyday slog of the 9 to 5 working man to literary life.

Buy this book, Harvey can use the money.