2010
07.12

Harvey Pekar

You will be missed.

From the A.V. Club

Underground comics icon and American Splendor creator Harvey Pekar was found dead early this morning, discovered by his wife Joyce in the Cleveland Heights home they shared. He was 70 years old. There’s no word yet on cause of death, although the police report notes that foul play and trauma did not play a part. Pekar, of course, documented his battle with lymphoma in 1994’s Our Cancer Year but has been disease-free since. Autopsy results are pending.

Clip from American Splendor

Some of my favorite quotes of his:

“Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff.”

“I`m a guy that likes to sit in one place.”

“It makes you feel good to know that there’s other people afflicted like you.”

“I felt more alone that week than any. Sometimes I’d feel a body lying next to me like an amputee feels a phantom limb. All I did was think about Jennie Gerhardt and Alice Quinn and all the decades of people I had known. The more I thought, the more I felt like crying. Life seemed so sweet and so sad, and so hard to let go of in the end. But hey, man, every day is a brand new deal, right? Just keep on working and something’s bound to turn up.”

Links:

American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar [Paperback]

American Splendor (2004) [DVD]