We were sad today to hear of the passing of longtime underground comic book writer Harvey Pekar. If that name is unfamiliar to you, Pekar worked for years in the industry, most notably for his autobiographical work American Splendor which premiered way back in 1976 and has been published over the years by many different comic publishers including DC and Dark Horse.
With a belief that comics could tell any story through words and pictures Pekar spent his life working to express himself, real life issues, and his own unique view of the world. He worked with several artists over the years including Robert Crumb, Jim Woodring, Chester Brown, Joe Zabel, Ed Piskor, Alison Bechdel, Gilbert Hernandez, Eddie Campbell, and Drew Friedman.
Over the years Pekar also gained notoriety as a guest on Late Night with David Letterman (until he was banned by the network’s sponsor GE) and as a jazz critic who championed artists such as Scott Fields, Fred Frith, and Joe Maneri.
G’night Harvey. You’ll be missed.