Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Harvey Pekar (1939-2010)

Sad news as Harvey Pekar, and comic author of American Splendor died today at the age of 70.  The Cleveland natives claim to fame was an autobiographical comic of his life which he wrote, and was famously drawn by a number of comics, including R. Crumb.  A chronicle and diary of an ordinary American existence, Pekar became a success, and frequent David Letterman guest, and the inspiration for one of the very films of 2003 in Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman's adaptation of American Splendor, which like the comics that inspired used a variety of techniques to tell this singular story or a grumpy, obsessive compulsive file clerk.  Perhaps that's the best preservation of a life lived-- to have an incredible film made about it.  I'd never heard of Pekar before the movie came out, but since, it think fondly about the film, and the touching comics that inspired it.

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