Monday, July 12, 2010

FROM OFF THE STREETS OF CLEVELAND: And for the last time. Harvey Pekar, 1939-2010. One of the very greatest comics creators of the underground era, who remained active in comics up until the present day. Scott Eric Kaufman notes if you read him, you sort of knew him--his comics were a sort of proto-blogging. But since he recruited some great talents to draw his stuff, Crumb in particular, his stuff has a kind of depth blogging usually lacks. And for someone like me, who has spent most of his adult life working fairly mundane office jobs in a hospital, it was an inspiration knowing Harvey was out there. That he had gone through mundane life too, and made something out of it, and seen value and beauty in it and expressed it. One of my personal heroes, and I am sad today.

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