Harvey Pekar, one of the greatest comic book writers ever, was found dead in his home in Cleveland. There is currently no information about his cause of death.
Pekar is most famous for American Splendor, an unglamorous, slice-of-life examination of Pekar’s daily experiences in Cleveland. In 1994, Pekar and his wife Joyce collaborated on Our Cancer Year, a novel-length comic book about Pekar’s battle with lymphoma. In 2003, American Splendor was adapted into a film which meshed dramatizations of the comic book (Paul Giamatti played Pekar) with interviews with Pekar himself. He also wrote a number of critical and historical pieces, such as Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History.
Below is video of one of Harvey Pekar’s famous appearances of David Letterman. It is truly a sad day for fans of comic books, great writing, or culture in general.
Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
Robert Pollard – Moses On A Snail
Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse – Dark Night of the Soul
M.I.A. – /\/\/\Y/\
Panda Bear – Tomboy
Sun Kil Moon – Admiral Fell Promises
The Love Language – Libraries
The Books: The Way Out
Bill Callahan: Letters to Emma Bowlcut
Department Of Eagles – Archive 2003-2006
Sleigh Bells – Treats (Physical Release)
Best Coast – Crazy For You
Dean & Britta: 13 Most Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests
Miniature Tigers: Fortress
Leonardo DiCaprio in Inception
The Kids are Alright
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Dinner for Schmucks
Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour
Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour – July 20
If you’re a regular reader of TUIW, you’ll know that we’ve been geeking out big time over the upcoming film adaptation of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Scott Pilgrim Series, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, so it will come as no surprise that we’ve been anxiously awaiting the final installment in that series. Well, O’Malley made the announcement today, Scott Pilgrim’s Finest Hour, the sixth and final book in the series, will be released on July 20 by Onipress. No details yet on the plot, but when we last left our hero [SPOILER] Ramona had just vanished with the mysterious Gideon Graves. If you’re waiting for the movie to find out what happens, you’re going to be out of luck, as it will have a totally independent ending to the books. That’s the badass cover above, and if you head to O’Malley’s blog, you can also get a computer wallpaper, that is if you want to replace the one you just got from the movie.