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Harvey Pekar
October 8, 1939 -
Nationality: American
Category: Writer
Subcategory: American Writer

I came up with American Splendor. Some people think it's American Squalor.


I write scripts in storyboard fashion using stick figures, and thought balloons and word balloons and captions. Then I'll write descriptions of what scenes should look like and turn it over to the artist.


I think you can do anything with comics that you could do in just about any art form.


I try and write the way things happen. I don't try and fulfill people's wishes.


I'm doing research for a large comic book on the Beat Generation guys - Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac and those guys.


American Splendor is just an ongoing journal. It's an ongoing autobiography. I started it when I was in my early 30s, and I just keep going.


Plays have been made of my comics.


It makes you feel good to know that there's other people afflicted like you.


It didn't take long to establish myself, as far as people thinking my work was good. They liked it from the start.


The film's success so far involves winning a couple of prizes at Cannes and Sundance, and getting some very nice reviews in newspapers and magazines. That hasn't had a big impact on my life yet.


I met Robert Crumb in 1962; he lived in Cleveland for a while. I took a look at his stuff. Crumb was doing stuff beyond what other writers and artists were doing. It was a step beyond Mad.


Letterman... he got his problems. We don't get along too well.


I'm a guy that likes to sit in one place.


I continue to be disappointed that people don't try and diversify the kind of work they are doing in comics.


It seemed to me you could do anything in comics. So I started doing my thing, which is mainly influenced by novelists, stand-up comedians, that sort of thing.


I think comics have far more potential than a lot of people realize.


Everybody's like everybody else, and everybody's different from everybody else.


My work looks like a comic book in form, but it's not a typical comic book in content. I write autobiographical stuff.


Things improved a little bit in the '80s; there was kind of a revival of alternative comics, but then they went downhill in the '90s.


People writing about me have said that I've influenced a lot of people, and there are some artists who have credited me with influencing them.


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