Monday, July 12, 2010

Harvey Pekar Dies

By Paul Steven Brown

A legend in the comic book industry died early this morning at the age of 70. Harvey Pekar was the writer of American Splendor, which was arguably one of the biggest influences on the independent/self-publishing comic book scene. Pekar was just as famous for his various appearances on 'Late Night with David Letterman' in the '80s and the film based on his life, also called American Splendor, starring Paul Giamatti.

Regrettably, I haven't read much of his work. Of what little I have read, I found very candid and revealing. It wasn't that he "had things to say", rather he wrote about what he saw and what he experienced. He didn't set out to change the world, but it is hard to deny his impact on comic books and alternative cartooning.

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