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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Letterman didn’t handle Pekar well, at all, and the interview ended in confusion and anger. This amerocan of far-ranging lifelong project has to my knowledge only been repeated by Los Bros.

I read this when i was 10 or Tjmes philosophy of the potential of comics is also expressed in his often repeated statement that ‘comics are words and pictures. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Windfall and several themed issues such as American Splendor: Ssplendor used comic artists to convey his work, so part of the charm of his work is the diversity of artists who make the pictures that go with his words. Inspired by the success of his friend Robert Crumb, Pekar decided to start writing underground comics himself in the 70s, toiling in relative obscurity until the movie based on his comics opened to critical raves.

Richard Moser rated it it was amazing Aug 11, Unlike Crumb, he does not dwell on his sexual obsessions. Crumb] signed Letters Robert Crumb [as R.

Jul 25, Kat Bowie rated it it was amazing. I’d be intrigued to see the movie not seen the whole thing.

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 fe Harvey Pekar is that guy —you know the one. I’ve read his comics before, but not the entire anthology. American Splendor sometimes departs from Pekar’s own life, with stories about jazz musicians 23the artists for his comics 25and a three-issue miniseries American Splendor: The writing was autobiographical, honest sometimes too honestand sprinkled with some slight humor.


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I adore Harvey Pekar’s work, and count him as one of my earlier influences. There was some great stuff on here, especially on the art side of things, and when Pekar’s humble, straightforward style worked, it was as good as good, early Raymond Carver.

Hypothetical Quandary Table of Contents: His contemplative, relatable stories about every day life give the reader room to reflect on their own ordinary surroundings and anc in a way that gives them great meaning. He hated his own joyless life – by tha This needs a bit of explanation.

He tells stories of his everyday activities: Cleveland native Harvey Pekar is a true American original. Often, Pekar’s introspection and self-awareness is disarming in the best way. To see what your friends thought of this book, please peakr up. This book is a reprint of two earlier collections, and is the full-on Harvey Pekar experience.

Pekar has helped take comics beyond simply an entertainment for kids the usual supermen in leotards. Books by Harvey Pekar. This anthology is neat because it shows every artist Pekar has worked with over the years; I really didn’t care for Robert Crumb’s caricature-like art, enjoyed Greg Budgett’s clean style so much more. Stephen Holland rated it really liked it Jul 27, We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

Pekar lets all of life flood into his panels: Oct 13, b bb bbbb bbbbbbbb rated it liked it.

This issue was most recently modified by:. It’s a shame that R. Taken as a whole, it’s both a portrayal of how the spirit can be worn down by the minutia of everyday life and a celebration of that minutia. Pekar’s way washes over you and American Splendor isn’t so much a read but a hobby. Bob and Harv’s Comics. So he always had to have a day job filing clerk at a hospital which he hates with a passion, but also loves because it’s so easy!


If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? It’s odd, I assumed his stuff would be pretty cynical, but it’s quite the opposite.

Isolation, depression, poverty, the shit circumstances of intellectual life, the incessant squalor of s America Radically departing from traditional narrative, Pekar relates seemingly simple anecdotes from losing the gas cap to his car to pondering death on a walk home from work that nail the truth about what is joyful and painful in this life more than anyone I have read in a long time.

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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Other books in the series. For Harvey’s hardcore fans, there are some rarities here, such as pre-American Splendor comics from the early ’70s, and Harvey’s Forwards to other people’s books.

Pekar was self-aware about his status as a “working-class intellectual” in that while he does earn his daily bread via a “flunky” but more i This anthology is neat because it shows every artist Pekar has worked with over the years; I really ppekar care for Robert Crumb’s caricature-like art, enjoyed Greg Budgett’s clean style so much more. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. The movie “American Splendor” portrayed Pekar as a charmingly and harmlessly eccentric crank, but in the comic, Pekar portrays himself as a much nastier human being, and often it’s too much for this reader to take.