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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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He includes his darker moments and attributes: Published March 4th by Doubleday first published He collected records and through that obsession he met Robert Crumb, who you all know to be the most famous “underground comics” artist ever. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sep 07, Germancho rated it it was amazing Shelves: Dec 16, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar

ANYWAY, this here collection offers up the basics of his persona — an obsessive, amoral, cranky, sticky-fingered jazz recor Wow, it turns out I dig Pekar in much the spendor way that I dig Bukowski — he validates all my teen male urges, and just carries them on into his forties and fifties. Jul 06, Christopher Roth rated it it was amazing. Michael Brannon rated it it was amazing Jun 02, Strong stuff with a hard edge of realism.

And the use of a number of different artists, with quite different styles, to illustrate Pekar and his goings-on helps significantly to break up any doldrums.


Oct 02, Dave Riley rated it it was amazing Shelves: Having been born in the early 90s, I will be the first to admit I know very little about the two decades that preceded my existence. Truxall rated it really liked it Jul 18, Unlike Crumb, he does not dwell on his sexual obsessions.

I could already relate to that level of neuroticism. Looking for beautiful books? American Splendor is not a realist novel or a diary masquerading as a comic, although some of its descendents might be. I guess there are people in this world who are as childish and selfish as that, but few of those people go out later and lay their selfishness bare for the world to see as Pekar does. It also played that way, to my eyes, on the printed page.

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

Harvey Lawrence Pekar was an American underground comic book writer best known for his autobiographical American Splendor series. We use cookies to give you the best possible experience.

He hated his own joyless life – by that time he even hated his own record collecting obsession! By being brutally honest about his own fears and insecurities about money, Pekar reassures us that we are not the only ones feeling anxious and desperate.

It’s pretty incredible how good Pekar is at both observing the world around him and observing his own inner life. But he is truly more than all of them–he is himself. Want to see more reviews on this item? The feeling of stasis that comes with a dead-end job and a mind that is always turning is the beauty and tragedy of his life, and thus, the strip.

But it’s hard to square the Harvey Pekar who behaves like a clueless jerk with the Harvey Pekar who observes americna own bad behavior so unsparingly. About half of the ten people in the room really enjoyed these illustrated stories about nothing and thought Pekar a sympathetic character; the other half found him insufferably whiny and his stories pointless. Books by Harvey Pekar. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?


If it sounds boring, trust me, it’s not. In other projects Wikiquote. If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Working Man’s Nightmare Table of Contents: For all his faults, Harvey had a lot of faults, and he never spares himself. So I’m belatedly entering into the world of graphic novels, partly to satisfy my curiosity but also to get some idea of what the rest of the world, especially the world that is hqrvey than I am, are talking about.

Emil Table of Contents: Marianne rated it really liked it Feb 06, Harvey Lawrence Pekar was an American underground comic book writer best known for his autobiographical American Splendor series. I have a busy life, and I appreciate being off the hook in this manner. Harvey narrates as if he is talking right to you, all the while probably wondering if your going to buy the records he’s offering or if you’ll leave in time for him to watch the game.

American Splendor is the series that sparked a revolution in comics and brought graphic novels to the attention of post-adolescent readers everywhere.

Pekar has helped take comics beyond simply an entertainment for kids the usual supermen in leotards.