Tuesday, July 13, 2010
RIP Harvey Pekar
For all the other comic book nerds out there, and for all the graphic novel nerds in denial... We lost an icon today. Harvey Pekar was made famous for turning the mundane into something noteworthy. His comics were something anyone could read and immediately identify. His comics did not present a hero in the sense of Batman, Superman, or any of the other 'mans, but an archetypal everyday-joe. Publishing his life in autobiographical comic format, he allowed his readers to find beauty and meaning in their dull and seemingly meaningless existence. Pekar was important figure as comics diverged from their traditional format and veered toward much more serious and adult material. For that, I thank him. Harvey Pekar will be missed.