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Obras por Harvey Pekar

The Best American Comics 2006 (2006) — Editor — 533 exemplares
The Quitter (2005) 344 exemplares
Our Cancer Year (1994) 296 exemplares
Best of American Splendor (2005) 183 exemplares
American Splendor: Our Movie Year (2004) — Autor — 158 exemplares
Harvey Pekar's Cleveland (2012) 146 exemplares
American Splendor: Ego & Hubris (2006) 109 exemplares
American Splendor: Another Day (2007) 77 exemplares
Macedonia (2007) 72 exemplares
American Splendor: Another Dollar (2009) 62 exemplares
American Splendor: Unsung Hero (2003) 57 exemplares
American Splendor #1 (1976) 11 exemplares
American Splendor #15 (1990) 10 exemplares
American Splendor #14 (1989) 9 exemplares
American Splendor #13 (1988) 9 exemplares
American Splendor #16 (1991) 8 exemplares
American Splendor #2 (1977) 8 exemplares
American Splendor #9 (1981) 8 exemplares
American Splendor #4 (1979) — Autor — 7 exemplares
American Splendor #17 (1993) 7 exemplares
American Splendor #3 (1978) 7 exemplares
American Splendor #10 (1985) 6 exemplares
American Splendor #11 (1985) 6 exemplares
American Splendor: Windfall 1 (1995) 6 exemplares
American Splendor #12 (1987) — Autor — 6 exemplares
American Splendor: Terminal (1999) 5 exemplares
American Splendor: Vertigo No. 1-3 (2006) — Autor — 5 exemplares
American Splendor: Vertigo No. 1-2 (2006) — Autor — 5 exemplares
American Splendor: Odds & Ends (1997) 4 exemplares
American Splendor: On the Job (1997) 4 exemplares
American Splendor #8 (1983) 4 exemplares
American Splendor #7 (1982) 4 exemplares
American Splendor #6 (1981) 4 exemplares
American Splendor #5 (1980) 3 exemplares
American Splendor: Windfall 2 (1995) 3 exemplares
American Splendor: Music Comics (1997) 3 exemplares
American Splendor: Vertigo No. 1-1 (2006) — Autor — 3 exemplares
Sun Ra (2002) 2 exemplares
My Movie Year (2003) 1 exemplar
American Splendor 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Beats: A Graphic History (2009) — Contribuidor — 401 exemplares
An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories (2000) — Contribuidor — 366 exemplares
An Anthology of Graphic Fiction, Cartoons, and True Stories: v .2 (2008) — Contribuidor — 156 exemplares
9-11: Emergency Relief (2002) — Contribuidor — 129 exemplares
American Splendor [2003 film] (2003) — Self — 110 exemplares
Encyclopedia of the American Left (1990) — Contribuidor, algumas edições105 exemplares
Postcards: True Stories That Never Happened (2007) — Contribuidor — 74 exemplares
Strange Tales II (2011) — Contribuidor — 72 exemplares
The New Comics Anthology (1991) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
Dark Horse Maverick: Happy Endings (2002) — Contribuidor — 50 exemplares
The Vagabonds #2 (2006) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
The Comics Journal #97 (1985) 3 exemplares
Penthouse Magazine | July 2007 (2007) — Interview — 2 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Pekar, Harvey
Nome legal
Pekar, Harvey Lawrence
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Localização do túmulo
Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Local de nascimento
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Local de falecimento
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA
Locais de residência
Cleveland Heights, Ohio, USA
underground comic book writer
jazz critic
book critic
Brabner, Joyce (wife)
Prémios e menções honrosas
Eisner Award (Hall of Fame, 2011)



More quality storytelling from Pekar. If you like his stuff, you'll be satisfied and delighted with this book.
grahzny | 1 outra crítica | Jul 17, 2023 |
fleshed | 9 outras críticas | Jul 16, 2023 |
Access a version of the below that includes illustrations on my blog.

American Splendor is, of course, the comic book about the life of Harvey Pekar in all its humdrum glory, usually told in the form of short observational stories. Our Movie Year collects a number of stories that depicted what happened in Pekar's life when the 2003 film came out, or were written around that time, or came about as a consequence of the film. As is frustratingly normal for an American Splendor collection, there's no contextual material: when and where did these stories originally appear? you will just have to infer it.

It's a bit of a mixed bag, more than most American Splendor collections. Part of the issue is that much of the material is redundant: I think there are three different accounts of how the movie got made. Each originally appeared in a different venue, I believe, but put them all in the same book and you get the same story three different times. Some other stories re-tell the story of American Splendor itself. Again, useful if Pekar's debuting in some new venue, but longtime readers don't need to be reretetold the story of how he met R. Crumb.

Pekar is at his best when he's hyper-detailed, when he's (for example) spending thirteen pages telling the story of how he waited for a jump outside the movie theater when his car died, or thirteen pages about him fretting about missing a flight back home to Cleveland so he can check his mail. These stories and similar ones were my favorites.

On the other hand, some of these stories cover a lot of ground; eighteen pages for the entire making of the movie is not a lot, and I found myself wishing he'd decompressed some of those scenes more, giving us more of the curious but everyday neuroses of being Harvey Pekar, even when meeting a film producer or Paul Giamatti or whatever, but alas, there's little of that here. One does notice his continual interest in everything financial; both stories about his trip to Sundance make sure to note that the condo was well-stocked with food, while throughout he's worried what will happen now that he's retired once his money from new writing opportunities spurred by the release of the film dry up. If you want to know how the film affected Pekar personally, that's clearly it: it's a way for him to hopefully get more professional opportunities when he really needs them, little more.

There was a run of "stories" where it's Pekar cramming facts about some musical act into 1-2 pages; sorry, but even you can't make me care about jazz, Harvey. I was a bit surprised to learn that even before Ego & Hubris, he was telling stories of Michael Malice. As is often the case by now, his artistic collaborators are well chosen. There's a fun reunion with R. Crumb, and I particularly like Gerry Shamray's work in this one, though we also have a lot of solid contributions from Gary Dumm.
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Stevil2001 | 1 outra crítica | Jul 16, 2023 |
This one was especially good.

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Walkin' the Streets by Robert Crumb
veewren | 12 outras críticas | Jul 12, 2023 |



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Joe Zabel Illustrator, Artist
Alan Moore Illustrator, Introduction
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Tom Hart Contributor
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Lynda Barry Contributor
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