Best of American Splendor

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Experience the heartwarming all-American story of a crank and his comic book.

What’s a file clerk from Cleveland doing with an Oscar nomination? How did a movie about Harvey Pekar win the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival? The story begins in 1976, when Harvey began publishing his autobiographical, slice-of-downtrodden-life comic book series American Splendor, illustrated by a who’s who of underground comic artists, including R. Crumb, Kevin Brown, Greg ...

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Overview

Experience the heartwarming all-American story of a crank and his comic book.

What’s a file clerk from Cleveland doing with an Oscar nomination? How did a movie about Harvey Pekar win the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival? The story begins in 1976, when Harvey began publishing his autobiographical, slice-of-downtrodden-life comic book series American Splendor, illustrated by a who’s who of underground comic artists, including R. Crumb, Kevin Brown, Greg Budgett, Sean Carroll, Sue Cavey, Gary Dumm, Val Mayerik, and Gerry Shamray. After self-publishing American Splendor for nearly two decades under less than splendid conditions (and racking impressive accolades in the process), Harvey finally got a break when Dark Horse Comics took over the publication in the early 1990s. It was an opportunity for Harvey to reach a wider audience–which, as it turned out, included a few Hollywood types, too. (Who knew?) But that’s another story. . . .

Now we are happy to bring you the Best of American Splendor, a collection of some of Harvey’s greatest work. Harvey Pekar has been compared to Theodore Dreiser, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Lenny Bruce, but this collection is a true American original. Just like Harvey.

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“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

“[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

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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. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345479389
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/25/2005
  • Series: American Splendor Series
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 8.27 (w) x 10.89 (h) x 0.86 (d)

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