Thursday, July 22, 2010...11:47 pm
American Splendour author Harvey Pekar dies aged 70
Just found out that Harvey Pekar – arguably the father of autobiographical comics – has died aged 70.
He wrote about his brush with lymphatic cancer in the award-winning graphic novel Our Cancer Year in 1994 and chronicled his everyday life in Cleveland from the 1980s onward in American Splendour. Inexplicably, given its un-Hollywood nature, he got a film made about his life in 2003, starring the great Paul Giamatti.
It’s a great shame – his work stands up with any of the best social reportage.Tweet