American splendor The life and times of Harvey Pekar : stories

Harvey Pekar

Book - 2003

The classic collection of the comics that inspired the movie American Splendor, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival. American Splendor is the world's first literary comic book. Cleveland native Harvey Pekar is a true American original. A V.A. hospital file clerk and comic book writer, Harvey chronicles the ordinary and mundane in stories both funny and touching. His dead-on eye for the frustrations and minutiae of the workaday world mix in a delicate balance wi...th his insight into personal relationships. Pekar has been compared to Dreiser, Dostoevsky, and Lenny Bruce. But he is truly more than all of them; he is himself.

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Underground comic books, strips, etc
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Publisher description
Published
New York : Ballantine Books 2003.
Edition
1st Ballantine Books ed
Language
English
Item Description
Two anthologies in one volume.
Physical Description
1 volume (various pagings) : chiefly illustrations ; 28 cm
ISBN
9780345468307
0345468309
Main Author
Harvey Pekar (author)
Other Authors
Kevin Brown (-), Gregory Budgett
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Review by Library Journal Reviews

Pekar has become a cult figure of the non-superhero comics world, transcending his beginnings in the 1970s underground comics scene with his unique narrative of Everyman's Ordinary Life that somehow engrosses and uplifts. He's an irascible yet lovable antihero, frank about his own warts as well as everyone else's. Pekar lets you know that real life isn't what the media tells you, but you can deal with it and keep going—a message both reassuring and empowering. Pekar's autobiographical oeuvre numbers at least 15 paperback compilations; these two anthologies are good for libraries just beginning to collect his work. Beyond these, Our Cancer Year (coauthored with wife Joyce Brabner), The Quitter, and American Splendor: Our Movie Year treat special periods in his life, while Ego & Hubris: The Michael Malice Story and American Splendor: Unsung Hero branch out into other people's lives. All of Pekar's work belongs in older teen and adult collections, with strong language and occasional nudity and sex.—M.C. [Page 59]. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

Pekar is notorious for presenting the ordinary and mundane in life in a captivating, humorous way. His work life, personal connections, and relationship with himself are all fair game, and his hilarious take on all of it will both entertain and touch the heart. - "Drawing on Reality " LJ Reviews 2/2/2012 (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Artists Gerry Shamray, Gary Dumm, Gregory Budgett, and Kevin Brown illustrate this collection of pieces from the "American Splendor" series, author Harvey Pekar's celebration of Cleveland working-class life.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The inspiration for the award-winning moviefrom HBO Films and Fine Line FeaturesAMERICAN SPLENDORThe Life and Times of Harvey Pekar Two classic comic anthologies in one volumeStories by Harvey PekarIntroduction by R. CrumbArt by Kevin Brown, Gregory Budgett, Sean Carroll, Sue Cavey, R. Crumb, Gary Dumm, Val Mayerik, and Gerry ShamrayThe classic collection of the comics that inspired the movie American Splendor, winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film FestivalAmerican Splendor is the world’s first literary comic book. Cleveland native Harvey Pekar is a true American original. A V.A. hospital file clerk and comic book writer, Harvey chronicles the ordinary and mundane in stories both funny and touching. His dead-on eye for the frustrations and minutiae of the workaday world mix in a delicate balance with his insight into personal relationships. Pekar has been compared to Dreiser, Dostoevsky, and Lenny Bruce. But he is truly more than all of them—he is himself. “Mr. Pekar has . . . proven that comics can address the ambiguities of daily living, that like the finest fiction, they can hold a mirror up to life.”—The New York Times“[Pekar] has a vision that makes daily city life—a ride on the bus, a run-in with a boss, or simply buying bread—dramatic.”—Chicago Sun-Times“Simply stated, American Splendor is the most superb literary endeavor to come off the streets of Cleveland in decades.”—The Plain Dealer (Cleveland)“Mr. Pekar lets all of life flood into his panels: the humdrum and the heroic, the gritty and the grand.”—The New York Times Book Review