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RIP Harvey Pekar, Creator of American Splendor

by Anne Thompson
July 13, 2010 2:50 AM
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Thompson on Hollywood
Thompson on Hollywood

Harvey Pekar has died at age 70.

My comics-maven husband David Chute first introduced me to Pekar decades ago at the first Comic-Con I ever attended, in San Diego. It was a small comic book convention back then, a far cry from the streaming hordes who will descend on the giant convention center a week from now. Pekar was not only a pioneering graphic novelist but a great writer: tough, funny, sad, angry, and honest. The comic series American Spendor was his crowning achievement.

Of course he was the subject of Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini's terrific 2003 hybrid biopic/doc American Splendor.

Here are Pekar obits from THR, Vanity Fair, Matt Dentler, Omnivoracious, The Guardian, and NPR.

Video clips on jump.

Thompson on Hollywood

And here's the American Splendor trailer:

And Pekar on Letterman:

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