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 could already relate to that level of neuroticism. Harvey Pekar is that guy —you know the one.

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Ridin’ The Dog Table of Contents: But I love it. Cek virabey rated it really liked it Mar 13, To americsn other readers questions about American Splendorplease sign up. While it’s common to have that assembly-line-st While there are a lot of talented indie comics creators working in an autobiographical vein, Pekar is in a class of his own.

I’d be intrigued to see the movie not seen the whole thing. As I mentioned, one or two stories might not impress you but each story adds wattage to the bulb so that by the time you reach the end there is a bright light indeed.

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I have nothing to add other than to agree with nearly everyone else that this stuff is brilliant. 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. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Cleveland native Harvey Pekar is a true American original. Jennifer Beadle rated it it was amazing Mar 27, Open Preview See a Problem?

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American SplendorAmerican Splendor collected editions. I admire his tenacity in self-publishing his comics for decades while seeing little to no financial return. 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: Books by Harvey Pekar. He includes his darker moments and attributes: There is some social commentary in there too. There could be a hundred things in our lives that are beyond our control.

Harevy Preview See a Problem? Freddy Visits for the Weekend Table of Contents: Irritated, opinionated; he has a dead-end job that he’s really pretty good at although he’s educated far beyond what the work requiresbut that’s almost beside the point, because what’s interesting about him isn’t what he does, it’s what he says.

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In every one of Pekar’s comics, no matter what it is about, Pekar says the thing. In a movie adaptation featuring Paul Giamatti playing Pekar as well as appearances by Pekar himself and Hope Davis as his wife was released to critical acclaim and first honors at the Sundance Film Festival in addition to the Writers Guild of America Award for best adapted screenplay.


To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. Ellie rated it really liked it Mar 14, Not only did Crumb agree to draw some of them but also offered to show them to other artists to draw. View all 3 comments. Other books in the series.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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 before going to work.

See all free Kindle reading apps. Thanks for telling us about the problem. I believe this is called post-modernism, but could also be called far out. I first learned about him during the s when he would appear on The David Letterman Showwhich are also featured in the movie. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

I was perhaps a bit surprised to find myself in the pro-Pekar, pro-Pekar’s concept camp. I’d love to see what a Harvey Pekar script looks like. Oct 01, Mark rated it it was amazing.

Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more. 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 same way that I dig Bukowski — he validates all my teen male urges, and just carries them on into his forties and fifties.

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