Harvey Pekar and American Splendor
This is a comic book put out by a middle aged man named Harvey Pekar. He draws a rough “thumbnail” sketch in cartoon sequence the story he is telling and each story is interpreted by a different artists. Famed underground cartoonist Robert Crumb is one of his frequent contributing artists.
Harvey Pekar and Robert Crumb have some things they have in common.: They are both from Cleveland, Ohio, and they both love old blues and jazz 33 rpm records.
Harvey stores he tells is nothing he makes up. It is his day to day living. Some of it is amusing and some of it is sad. It is like a visual blog on paper.
Harvey is a file clerk for a hospital in Cleveland and gets file clerk pay. He and his wife have a hard time making ends meet. He is also a cancer patient. His comic book business helps some as an extra income.
At times he has been on the David Letterman Show, but he is so eccentric and unpredictable I think he wore out his welcome.
There is also a movie of his life named, of course, American Splendor, which I thought was done very well.
For Christmas my son gave me “The Best of American Splendor” which I am still slowly looking at, maybe a story a week…. Like a they used to say about a good cigar, take it slow and enjoy it more.