American Splendor has ratings and 11 reviews. The classic collection of the comics that inspired the movie American Splendor, winner of the Grand Jur. American Splendor is a series of autobiographical comic books written by Harvey Pekar and drawn by a variety of artists. The first issue was published in and the most recent in September , with publication occurring at irregular intervals. Publishers have been, at various times, Harvey Pekar himself, Dark Horse . American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar . The joyfully downbeat stories of everyday life penned by Cleveland, Ohio native Harvey Pekar, who died in July , elevated comic books.
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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — American Splendor by Harvey Pekar. The classic collection of the comics that inspired the movie American Splendorwinner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Tims Festival American Splendor is the world’s first literary comic book.
Cleveland native Harvey Pekar is a true American original. His dead-on eye for the frustrations and minutiae of the amerixan world mix in a delicate balance with his insight into personal relationships. Paperbackpages. Published March 4th by Doubleday first published American SplendorAmerican Splendor collected editions. To see what ameican friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about American Splendorplease sign up.
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Jun 19, Chad Jordahl rated it it was amazing Shelves: Obsessive, judgemental, splenodr humorous. I love Pekar’s voice and his slice-of-life vignettes. Jun 18, Remy Schultz rated it it was amazing. Jul 21, Mike Wilson rated it it was amazing. I gave this book an irrational five out of five stars in my mind about three stories in, because I recognized then that I loved it, knew it, and felt it. I finished it with hzrvey assessment still intact.
Jul 24, Mark Desrosiers rated it liked it Shelves: Wow, it turns out I dig Pekar in much the ametican way that I dig Bukowski — he validates all my teen male urges, and just carries them on into his forties and fifties. This isn’t to say he’s a brilliant genius, or even someone we should have always paid attention to.
American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar
And I do wonder whether he would’ve just died alone had he never encountered Robert Crumb during his youth ANYWAY, this here collection offers up the basics of his persona — an obsessive, amoral, cranky, sticky-fingered jazz recor Wow, it turns out I dig Pekar in much timez same way that I dig Bukowski — he validates all my teen male urges, and just carries them on into his forties and fifties.
Garvey, this here collection offers splejdor the basics of his persona — an obsessive, timws, cranky, sticky-fingered jazz record collector who digs other people and has no problem sharing their stories, as long as he gets credit in the end. Jul 04, Ryan Werner rated it liked it Shelves: I could see these abbreviated-yet-rambling, shaggy dog stories being very important to the sort of independent, self-contained Everyman comics I enjoy a bit more today.
There was some great stuff peka here, especially on the art side of things, and when Pekar’s humble, straightforward style worked, it was as good as good, early Raymond Hrvey. I didn’t enjoy enough of it to read much more, but it’s clearly a seminary series that was birthed and survived by its strong vision and occasional success I could see these abbreviated-yet-rambling, shaggy dog stories being very important to the sort of independent, self-contained Everyman comics I enjoy a bit more today.
I didn’t enjoy enough of it to read much more, but it’s clearly a seminary series that was birthed and survived by its strong vision and occasional success in showing the beauty of the completely mundane. Oct 13, b bb bbbb bbbbbbbb rated it liked it. The delivery is so casual, relaxed and appears un-affected, that it makes the pleasant, interesting and funny stories about the authors daily life even better.
The honesty about unpleasant or sad aspects of the authors personality and experiences end up making it more endearing – even when he seems crude and pekra again, assuming they are sincere. The art and format are mostly well suited too. I’d like to read more. Sep 27, Th added it Shelves: After years of reading bits and pieces of American Splendor, this was my first book-length treatment.
Isolation, depression, poverty, the shit circumstances of intellectual life, the incessant squalor of s America I don’t often see comics with this degree of pathos even if as with R. Crumb or Alan Moore they’re otherwise truly excellent.
Apr 24, Ed rated it it was amazing. It’s pretty incredible how good Pekar is at both observing the world around him and observing his own inner life. Both day to day life and our internal lives are both so pedestrian and boring but also so deeply weird. I really wish some publisher would put together a comprehensive collection of all of Pekar’s work. Or, at the very least, the 16 issues he self-published. The stuff he did with Crumb is his best work and genuinely laugh out loud at timesbut everything in this book is a hit.
Jul 06, Christopher Roth rated it it was amazing. I have nothing to add other than to agree with nearly everyone else that this stuff is brilliant. Apr 09, J. This was surprisingly enjoyable for a comic with pretty much just talking and complaining in particular.
I can certainly see the charm. Dec 16, James rated it it was amazing Shelves: Its version of comic book storytelling is interesting, unique, and worth full consideration. Teasley rated it really liked it Jan 27, A rated it really liked it Nov 14, James Datoon rated it did not like it Jul 23, Richard Moser rated it it was amazing Aug 11, Susie Steadman rated it really liked it Jul 31, Don Swinney rated it it was amazing Feb 20, Jennifer Beadle rated it it was amazing Mar 27, Thim Sagefjord rated it it was ok Aug 04, Salem Rashid rated it liked it Aug 02, Cek virabey rated it really liked it Mar 13, Bart McCoy rated it really liked it Jun 13, Tamara rated it really liked it Jul 02, Tom Willard rated it really liked it Nov 15, Michael Brannon rated it it was amazing Jun 02, Ellie rated it really liked it Mar 14, Stephen Holland rated it really liked it Jul 27, Bob Rains rated it it was amazing Nov 27, Marianne rated it really liked it Feb 06, Truxall rated it really liked it Jul 18, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
Harvey Lawrence Pekar was an American underground comic book writer best known for his autobiographical American Splendor series. Inthe series inspired a critically acclaimed film adaptation of the same name. Other books in the series. American Splendor 1 – 10 of 31 books. Books by Harvey Pekar.
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