Harvey Pekar, RIP


30 Responses to “Harvey Pekar, RIP”

  1. TongBei says:


  2. Anonymous says:

    his broken spirit showed us how loveable people are when they dont try to cover up…

    im heartbroken too.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Rest in Splendor, Harvey.

  4. ocschwar says:

    Strike one from the list of folks I’d like to meet. Add one to the list of folks I’ll never get to meet. Dammit. My condolences to those who loved him.

  5. EH says:

    I think of Harvey Pekar and I’m instantly transported back to my salad days watching him on Late Night with David Letterman (RIP) in the San Jose State dorms (RIP Allen Hall), circa 1987.

    Thanks Harvey, you appeared at the right time of my life to teach me that it’s possible to make something of myself without pleasing everybody. “Of course! Why not?” I hear him say in my head.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I grew up in Cleveland Hts., and Harvey has been over to my parents’ house. He was a real Clevelander.

  7. Brainspore says:

    Harvey had been playing (living?) the “cranky old man” role so long it’s hard to believe he was only 70. If there’s a heaven then it has a new angel tonight, screeching about the gawdy decor and hanging out with the 20th century’s greatest jazz musicians.

  8. Stefan Jones says:

    Coolness: Pekar’s death was the second story in the hourly news update on NPR just now.

  9. Anonymous says:

    American Splendor was the first “blog” in the modern sense of the writing form — if Harvey were 30-40 years younger he would have been blogging.

  10. Jewish Review of Books says:

    The JRB mourns the passing of Harvey Pekar. Our just released second issue contains one of his characteristically witty musings on Jewish identity. He stopped by the office just the other day to pick up his author’s copy. We’ll miss him. Link: http://www.jewishreviewofbooks.com/publications/detail/gut-shabbes

  11. Anonymous says:

    Wow, what a cool cat. This makes me sad. I wish more Americans were like him.

  12. Viriathus says:

    A man worth remembering. Too bad he never got the payday he deserved.

  13. devophill says:

    Harvey will be missed. I wish his family the best.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Found this today: http://survivesthebomb.com/pekar.htm

    Safe passage, Harvey. Thanks for everything.

  15. Nash Rambler says:

    His work fundamentally changed how I looked at comics, and how I thought about other peoples’ lives. Pekar was something else, and I am tremendously saddened by his passing.

  16. Anonymous says:

    man, it’s been a bummer of a week for Cleveland, hasn’t it?

  17. jakze says:

    I am seriously a bit heartbroken over this today. I kinda thought he’d be there forever, being all cranky and awesome. Thinking of Joyce today.

  18. Anonymous says:

    A terrible loss, that so many will not even be aware of. Mr. Pekar deserves all the accolades he earned, and more. He reminds us all what it is to be human, even – especially – here at the end. Everyone dies, but some will missed more than others for the works they did while the were here. RIP, Harvey.

  19. aethyrflux says:

    harvey definitely knew how to show that, “truth is stranger than fiction.”

    my deepest condolences to joyce & danielle.

    i was fortunate enough to have met him & joyce, buying their comics for the “funny papers” shop i was working at when they were in austin during the late 90s… back when the chronicle started running his column reviewing jazz records & etc.:
    and i wept when i heard about his passing…. my fondest regards to a real american anti-hero!

  20. Anonymous says:

    well…. just…. dammit.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Oh no! I knew it would happen eventually, but RIP Harvey.

  22. daniel says:

    RIP Harvey Pekar–You were Cleveland at its very best.

  23. Hools Verne says:

    He was the best of us.

  24. ScottMcG says:

    Sad to hear that, for his family, friends, and (selfishly) myself. I’ve always enjoyed his work and deep insights. He’ll be missed.

  25. mwbeatty says:

    That is sad news. Harvey was a hero and an inspiration to me.

  26. Lauren O says:

    Man, I just got around to reading American Splendor two weeks ago. What a sad coincidence to see him die while my mind is still on his work.

  27. JBL says:

    As he once mused in an early Splendor issue:

    ‘Ah, fresh bread!’


  28. Anonymous says:

    Damn. I had a dream about him last week, actually. RIP.

  29. jja says:

    I never met him, and he never knew I existed, but I’m grieving as if I’ve lost a friend.

    You always think that there’ll be time to write to someone you admire, or call an old friend, or hug someone you love… And there is, until there isn’t.

    Go do it, now.

  30. Stefan Jones says:

    This is so way bummer news. Pekar was a genuine American crank-genius.

    I was looking forward to more of his profile-comics.


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