Harvey Pekar Illustration
American Splendor
Who Is Harvey Pekar?

Harvey Pekar is the ideal embodiment of life in Cleveland. A working-class Joe with a worldview that attains the impossible by being optimistic and pessimistic nearly simultaneously, Harvey displays hidden depths of insight and talent much like the city he calls home. Since 1999, Harvey has shared his reflections on life in the 21st century as a WKSU commentator, earning him kudos regionally and nationally.

In the mid-1960s, Harvey met cartoonist Robert Crumb while looking for jazz records at a swap meet. Crumb’s work inspired Harvey to develop illustrated stories about everyday life aimed at an adult audience. He launched the comic book series “American Splendor” in 1976, winning fans with pithy autobiographical stories and commentaries illustrated by a host of well-known alternative comic book artists, including Crumb, Jim Woodring, Joe Sacco, and Gary Dumm.

American Splendor
American Splendor Comic thought balloon: So I published American Splendor an' I'm really glad I did...
Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s ode to the irascible Harvey Pekar was born of a unique vision. “American Splendor” takes a fictionalized bio-pic starring Paul Giamatti and Hope Davis and mixes in comments from the real Harvey and wife Joyce and animated segments to form an innovative record of modern life in America. To celebrate the launch of the film, WKSU’s Mark Urycki interviews those closest to the movie: the filmmakers, actors and Harvey himself.

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Comic thought balloon: And another thing I've been doin' this commentary on WKSU, this NPR station in Kent...
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Comic thought balloon: Man, it's really great! They let me talk about anything. I can attack nationalism, organized religion...
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     HOUR SPECIAL: WHO IS HARVEY PEKAR?
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     1. ALICE QUINN
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     2. ART AWARDS Realplayer Windows Media
     3. ARTISTS Realplayer Windows Media
     4. CATS ON VALENTINE’S DAY Realplayer Windows Media
     5. CLEVELAND INDIANS FANS Realplayer Windows Media
     6. CLEVELAND Realplayer Windows Media
     7. COLLECTING Realplayer Windows Media
     8. DAVID LETTERMAN Realplayer Windows Media
     9. DEMOCRATS Realplayer Windows Media
    10. ECONOMY Realplayer Windows Media
    11. ELVIS Realplayer Windows Media
    12. EMIL Realplayer Windows Media
    13. ENVIRONMENT Realplayer Windows Media
    14. FATHER’S DAY Realplayer Windows Media
    15. FRIENDS Realplayer Windows Media
    16. FRIENDSHIP Realplayer Windows Media
    17. GOLDEN YEARS Realplayer Windows Media
    18. GUNS Realplayer Windows Media
    19. HOLIDAYS Realplayer Windows Media
    20. LOST GLASSES Realplayer Windows Media
    21. MAKING MONEY IN FILM Realplayer Windows Media
    22. MORNING EDITION Realplayer Windows Media
    23. MY FATHER Realplayer Windows Media
    24. NATIONALISM Realplayer Windows Media
    25. PRESIDENTS Realplayer Windows Media
    26. RELIGIOUS WARS Realplayer Windows Media
    27. ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Realplayer Windows Media
    28. SCHOOLS Realplayer Windows Media
    29. SLEEP Realplayer Windows Media
    30. SPEED TRAPS Realplayer Windows Media
    31. SUNDANCE Realplayer Windows Media
    32. UNSUNG HEROES Realplayer Windows Media
    33. VALOR Realplayer Windows Media
    34. WHITE CRACKER Realplayer Windows Media
    35. WHAT’S IN A NAME? Realplayer Windows Media
    36. ZUBALS Realplayer Windows Media
Web Links
American Splendor Web site

Harvey Pekar Web site

Article on TIME.com

Interview w/Darkhorse Comics

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Review

Interview with Hope Davis

Interview with Harvey Pekar
and Joyce Brabner
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