Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Off the Streets of Cleveland: 'American Splendor's' Harvey Pekar, Dead at 70 (Publishers Weekly)

But no matter if he was chronicling his co-workers at the hospital or his frustrations with standing behind old Jewish ladies in a supermarket, Pekar was direct, funny and—despite his withering honesty and intellectual chops—compassionate; he brought understanding and social context to his subjects, not malice, dismissal or condecension. He made everyday life a heroic scenario that worked out one way or another, and turned the city of Cleveland into a kind of real-world Metropolis or Gotham City without the spandex.
I'm not personally familiar with Pekar's work, but I thought this was a lovely overview of the man and what he meant to the world of comics.
Read the full article here.

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