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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I really liked it. The honesty about unpleasant or sad aspects of the authors personality and experiences end up making it more endearing – even when he seems crude and mean again, assuming they are sincere. I’d be intrigued to see the movie not seen the whole thing.

And I know why Robert Crumb got interested in writing his stories, everyday life of Harvey Pekar sucks you in.

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He was the unofficial poet laureate of Cleveland, Ohio. It was very interesting to see how polarizing Harvey Pekar is as a figure, as is the concept behind his comics. Funny, interesting, and sometimes profound, Harvey Pekar is well worth checking out.

The stuff he did with Crumb is his best work and genuinely laugh out loud at timesbut everything in this book is a hit.

It features material that was written after the first Anthology came out, plus some older stuff that was left out of the first book.

Hustlin’ Sides Table of Contents: But he is a hard working and persistent man who wakes up at 5 am in the morning to write a couple of jazz reviews pekarr going to work. It was the perfect book to read in the last month of last year. He’s not even particularly visual in his storytelling. Pekar introduces himself, talks about how people mangled and made fun of this name, and then how pdkar discovered that the Cleveland pekzr book sported another Harvey Pekar other than himself and then, oddly, yet another, despite the rarity of the name.


Letterman didn’t handle Pekar well, at all, and the interview ended in confusion and anger. More Years of Valiant Struggle July lite This kind of far-ranging lifelong project has to my knowledge only been repeated by Los Bros. Pekar is a rare and special talent, a keen-eyed observer and reporter of minutiae, who can make the mundane interesting. And then the sense of loss and heartbreak when the other two disappear from the book.

He shambled out on stage, plopped into the guest seat and would not sit still. This isn’t to say he’s a brilliant genius, or even someone we harey have always paid attention to. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Pekar’s unscripted and authentic interaction with Letterman’s attempts at humor and ingratiation was much closer to what the ajd man on the street might say than to what a seasoned television personality could come up with.

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Write a customer review. He tells stories of his everyday activities: Okay, the split was a little more ragged than that – almost everyone in the room found at least one story to like within the collection – but we were starkly divided on Pekar himself. Harvey Pekar’s audience includes graphic artists like Robert Crumb and Robert Armstrong, and his work inspired a very good, award-winning film also called “American Splendor”starring Paul Giamatti and featuring appearances by Pekar himself.

After years of reading bits and pieces of American Splendor, this was my first book-length treatment.

James Datoon rated it did not like it Jul 23, So I’m rolling up to the halfway point of these and I have to say they weave a spell. American Splendor is the series that sparked a revolution in comics and brought graphic novels to the attention of post-adolescent readers everywhere. Worth a visit if you’re ever in town. It doesn’t matter if you like comics or not, Harvey Pekar is a writer worth reading.


On the surface, many of the stories may seem like they do not amount to much. Boats tells Jack that people should escape their families and that people don’t care about good music. This needs a bit of explanation. I saw the fine film version of “American Splendor. I haven’t read the rest, but the collection situation confuses me so much I just dumped this review in the first slot I could find.

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I gave this book an irrational five out of five stars in my mind about three stories in, because I recognized then that I loved it, knew it, and felt it. He never apologises for himself and he never lightens up. Boats approves of Harvey’s thriftiness. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide.

American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar

To ask other readers questions about American Splendorplease sign up. 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.

It features his narration and snippets of him, you can’t help but become endeared. The first half of this collection containing his earlier works were fun and insightful looks at life. Introduction Table of Contents: Crumb] Genre biography Characters Harvey Pekar Synopsis Harvey weighs what the pros and cons would be if he made enough money from writing to support himself.

These are candid, honest looks at a real and ordinary American life, and yet there’s so much wisdom and familiarity in the stories. Pekar lets all of life amerixan into his panels: