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The New American Splendor Anthology: From Off the Streets of Cleveland Paperback – January 22, 1993
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Compiled from the American Splendor comic books published in the 70's and 80's (which are now largely unavailable), this is highly recommended for those who dig underground comics, new forms of biography or jazz (Pekar is also a renowned jazz reviewer and writer who sometimes talks about music in his comics).
This is not a psychedlic "head" comic, and it does not try to be hip. Harvey is no hippy, he's his own person. There is some social commentary in there too.
If you are a fan of Pekar's writing then it won't matter to you. His observation of life's mundane moments, and his own neurotic foibles is always somehow interesting. But, I have become familiar with his earlier writing and enjoy reading that more. In these pieces he is married, settled down and known as a comic book writer. He still works as a file clerk, but also travels to comic book conventions, appears on David Letterman and such. His life seems more stable. In the earlier stories he is still more of loner; sometimes he is an open wound, other times he is a keen observer of other quirky characters.
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My son-in-law asked for it. He had read it before. The drawings are great. Saw the movie, with Paul Giamatti and he seemed to have a lot of insight about himself and those around... Read morePublished 10 months ago by lacey
This set of graphic vignettes from Harvey’s life is, like all of Pekar’s work, drawn by a variety of illustrators, in a collaboration that gives multiple shadings to the constant... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the movie but probably because I am a big Paul Giammati fan. I was never a huge comic fan but this is kinda cool because the author takes an interesting perspective of... Read morePublished on March 11, 2014 by Matthew F. Kahn
I like the American Splendor anthologies. I have two. The stories are often short and not much happens in them. They are just little glimpses at life. Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by Djsurrich