Tuesday, July 13, 2010

American Squalor: Remembering Harvey Pekar (1939-2010)

Harvey Lawrence Pekar (October 8, 1939 – July 12, 2010) 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 critically acclaimed film adaptation of the same name.

Shortly before 1 a.m. on July 12, 2010, Pekar's wife found him dead in his Cleveland Heights, Ohio, home.Though no immediate cause was determined, Pekar had been suffering from prostate cancer.

In an article provided by Exclaim! Magazine, Paul Giamatti quotes, "Harvey was one of the most compassionate and empathetic human beings I've ever met. He had a huge brain and an even bigger soul. And he was hilarious. He was a great artist, a true American poet, and there is no one to replace him."

American Squalor, as only Del Close could have written it:

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