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American Splendor: Another Dollar Paperback – January 13, 2009
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The content of this book is outstanding, however. Pekar is back writing about what he knows best, himself. I've been reading him since 1980 and though he has become a big movie star I continue to be amazed at how his story is still really the story of all us everyfolk. These stories deal with how life is going for him following his fifteen minutes of fame in Hollywood. You'll see him deal with his car, like we all do, methods for dealing with fans who show up on his doorstep and won't leave, which none of us do, and watch as he debates how much pain is too much and ruminates upon the things he's done he's not proud of, while reminding us of all the terrible things he didn't do. Great stories, great art, great man. Buy the book, in fact I'm now considering keeping mine just to have it all in one handy volume, and because Harvey needs a few dollars more.
Some stories are very meta. His publisher calls to ask him for a one page strip so he writes a one page strip about that phonecall. His friend calls asking him to contribute a strip for an anthology but Harv says he has nothing to write about. He writes about their phone call and the following conversation about jazz.
I like his use of the artists. For example, Darick Robertson, perhaps one of his generations most dynamic artists who's illustrated Transmetropolitan, The Boys, and The Authority, draws a strip where Harv's car gets jumpstarted by a receptionist.
Other fantastic artists who illustrate Harvey's stories are Darwyn Cooke, David Lapham, Rick Geary, Dean Haspiel, and Josh Neufeld. It's a really good looking collection of stories with a few full colour covers at the back of the book.
One story about Harv worrying about taxes turns into a story about having his car's bumper fixed. It's about as exciting a story as you'll find in these pages. And yet, every story here is fascinating.Read more ›
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Pekar was a unique author. I like his work, but it is not for all tastes.Published 11 months ago by Shadcat