Thursday, July 22, 2010...11:47 pm

American Splendour author Harvey Pekar dies aged 70

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American Splendour Harvey Pekar

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.

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