Harvey Pekar

Cartoonist, Comic Book Creator

1939 – 2010

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Who was Harvey Pekar?

Harvey Lawrence Pekar was an American underground comic book writer, music critic and media personality, best known for his autobiographical American Splendor comic series. In 2003, the series inspired a well-received film adaptation of the same name.

Frequently described as the "poet laureate of Cleveland," Pekar "helped change the appreciation for, and perceptions of, the graphic novel, the drawn memoir, the autobiographical comic narrative." Pekar described his work as "autobiography written as it's happening. The theme is about staying alive, getting a job, finding a mate, having a place to live, finding a creative outlet. Life is a war of attrition. You have to stay active on all fronts. It's one thing after another. I've tried to control a chaotic universe. And it's a losing battle. But I can't let go. I've tried, but I can't."

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Born
Oct 8, 1939
Cleveland
Also known as
  • Harvey Lawrence Pekar
Parents
Siblings
Spouses
Children
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Shaker Heights High School
Lived in
  • Cleveland
Died
Jul 12, 2010
Cleveland Heights

Submitted
on July 23, 2013