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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Somewhere along the line somebody made a stage play about the whole thing, like they do, and then they made a movie, called American Splendor, of time.
American Splendor : The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar : Stories
Tom Willard rated it really liked it Nov 15, In an interview with Walrus Comix, Pekar described how the idea of producing his own comic book developed. I chuckled almost constantly while reading it. He proceeds to make the honeymoon less pleasant for his new wife.
Often sparsely worded and little action to speak of, most of the stories feel like overheard conversations or those thoughts that make us pause a moment before stepping back into the usual rhythms. All rights to cover images reserved by the respective copyright holders. Apr 09, Samuel rated it really liked it Shelves: The stories become more fleshed out near the end of the book, but good luck wading through the painfully harvy segments.
I could see these abbreviated-yet-rambling, shaggy dog stories being very important to the sort of independent, self-contained Everyman comics I enjoy a bit more today. Don Swinney rated it it was amazing Feb 20, I saw the fine film version of “American Splendor.
American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar by Harvey Pekar
Mar 14, Andrew rated it liked it Shelves: The Best Books of Harvey Pekar is one of the few ordinary, every day heroes out there that’s actually managed to get media attention. Harvey is no hippy, he’s his own person. Webarchive template wayback links Title pop Infobox comic book title param addpubcat. Llife 09, Marissa rated it really liked it Shelves: There is humor in his work, not all irritated gloom. 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.
He shambled out on stage, plopped into the guest seat and would not sit still.
Well worth six times that. And I know, Pekar and Crumb are old-school, but gotta start somewhere I read this collection of American Splendor for a ladies-only graphic-novel discussion club I’m part of very niche.
The honesty about unpleasant or sad aspects of pekqr authors personality and liffe end up making it more endearing – even when he seems crude and mean again, assuming they are sincere.
So began a series of comic books called American Splendor ironic title, you see.
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Crumb] Inks Robert Crumb [as R. While it’s common to have that assembly-line-style, deadline-driven division of labor in mainstream comics, it’s practically unheard of in the indie world, especially with autobiographical material.
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. Dec 07, Cbj rated it really liked it. Books by Harvey Pekar. The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar: You can do anything with words and pictures’. The first story really sets the tone.
Boats approves of Harvey’s thriftiness. To ask other readers questions about American Splendorplease sign up. Apr 09, J. Its version of comic book storytelling is interesting, unique, and worth full consideration. The art and format are mostly well suited too.
However, I am slightly better educated now than when I was 12, so I realize that the study of myth can have value, especially in the absence of abundant evidence about how people lived in ancient times.
A perfect introduction to Harvey Pekar for those unfamiliar with his work or just curious to learn what he was all about. Class Antagonism Table of Contents: There could be a hundred things in our lives that are beyond our control. But, what I find most interesting about him is that he doesn’t draw.
Isolation, depression, poverty, the shit circumstances of intellectual life, the incessant squalor of s America I remember seeing Pekar once on TV, in an appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman” which must have been the one on August 31,according to an article by James Hynes havrey, about whose own work I’ve written before.
They include his stories on pekwr Letterman appearances. More Years of Valiant Struggle July Please try again later.
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