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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This page collection was issued on the heels of the film “American Splendor,” and americzn includes material previously published in the first two collected volumes in the American Splendor series. Product details Format Paperback pages Dimensions I saw the movie before even knowing who Harvey Timrs or American Splendor was, I instantly loved the movie and got interested in Harvey and American Pf. This is a rewarding experience.

Need to keep an eye out for this one. I feel is rhythm in the writing is very good, and reminded me jazz music, with smart bits. Okay, the split was a little more ragged than that – almost I read this collection of American Splendor for a ladies-only graphic-novel discussion club I’m part of very niche.

This needs a bit of explanation. Return to Book Page. Pekar’s stories also emphasizes the importance of art in our lives. I was perhaps a bit surprised to find myself in the pro-Pekar, pro-Pekar’s concept camp.

Now that Pekar has passed away, and his descriptions of life in s Cleveland have become like a historical drama, it is perhaps more important to read about how normal people of that era lived because, you know, sooner or later, all of them will pass away, and it will be a lot like they never lived.

Is he really so selfish that he cannot think “Well, it’s her honeymoon too, I’ll just sit quietly”? Want to Read saving…. His dead-on eye for the frustrations and minutiae of the workaday world mix in a delicate balance with his insight into personal relationships.


So I’m rolling up to the halfway point of these and I have to say they weave a spell.

American Splendor: The Life and Times of 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. And I know why Robert Crumb got interested in writing his stories, everyday life of Harvey Pekar sucks you in.

Don Swinney rated it it was amazing Feb 20, This isn’t to say he’s a brilliant genius, or even someone we should have always paid attention to. It was a rare instance of reality breaking through into the scripted world of TV. Bob Rains rated it it was amazing Nov 27, This book is a reprint of two earlier collections, and is the full-on Harvey Pekar experience. Write a customer review. Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. American SplendorAmerican Splendor collected editions.

The stuff he did with Crumb is his best work and genuinely laugh out loud at timesbut everything in this book is a hit. His stories are rich with human insight, a special fave of mine being a single page story when a nerdy looking filing clerk hurts his finger and gets a plaster for it only to be unexpectedly hugged by a weeping black vietnam vet who had his life saved by him.

Introduction Table of Contents: Harvey Pekar has a gift in the way he is able to bring the everyday slog of the 9 to 5 working man to literary life. View all 13 comments. Harvey was and is a guy with strong opinions.

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Somos nosotros los que pronunciamos esas palabras. Jul 24, Mark Desrosiers rated it liked it Shelves: Harvey narrates as if he is talking right to you, all the while probably wondering if your going to buy the records he’s offering or if you’ll leave in time for him to watch the game. Trivia About American Splendor The more I read of Harvey Pekar the more I appreciate his gentle wisdom and genius for revealing the magic of mundane life.

Pekar’s unscripted and authentic interaction with Letterman’s attempts at humor and ingratiation was much closer to what the average man on the street might say than to what a seasoned television personality could come up with.


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I asked myself often: Susie Steadman rated it really liked it Jul 31, Ahora ya estoy seguro de ello tras haber perseguido a Paul Giamatti. If you have never seen Pekar’s interviews with Letterman, do yourself the favor: I guess there are people in this world who are as childish and selfish as that, but few of those people go out later and lay their selfishness bare for the world to see as Pekar does.

The classic collection of the comics that inspired the movie American Splendorwinner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival American Splendor is the world’s first literary comic book. Pekar projects decency and balance in his life even as he struggles with his fears and insecurities. I viewed Letterman differently after that. No Kindle device required.

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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. Oct 14, Carlos Battaglini rated it it was amazing. Pekar’s philosophy of the potential of comics is also expressed in his often repeated statement that ‘comics are words and pictures. 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.

Similarly, today, I don’t understand the popularity of comic book superhero genre, which falls into the populous category of activities that tens of thousands of people engage in but seem inexplicable to me, joining such diverse elements as: Let’s hope that the Library of America will produce a volume or two of his work.

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