American comics genius Harvey Pekar has passed away at the age of 70. I think Pekar was the greatest writer of comics because he treated the form as literature – for real – not like most of the dimwits writing ‘graphic novels.’ Pekar was serious and nervous and funny and angry, with very little separation between. His observations of everyday life run a full range from fixing a flat tire in a snow storm to surviving cancer to trying to find a file folder at work. He looked at his life and wrote it all down for his comic books.
His comic books appeared in a series called American Splendor.