One of America’s greatest writers past away on Monday. I first discovered his “American Splendor” books around the same I discovered Crumb books and Speigelman’s “Maus.” As a reader, I found the style of character drawing very different from the works of the DC/Marvel/DarkHorse world (a door opener of sorts in the indie world). The stories seems told best in the drawing of the average individual and his day to day. I would highly recommend them.
From the NYT Obit: “Harvey Pekar, whose autobiographical comic book “American Splendor” attracted a cult following for its unvarnished stories of a depressed, aggrieved Everyman negotiating daily life in Cleveland and became the basis for a critically acclaimed 2003 film, died on Monday at his home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He was 70.” (photo)