Harvey Pekar


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Last week’s question was: If you could bring back any deceased celeb from nerd culture for one year, who would it be and what would you want to see them do?  The winner was user Murphy’s Law who said: Id bring back Harvey Pekar, not only so he can punch David Letterman in the face, and failures really need a leader right now. (and lets face it, he was the most successful failure ever.)  Congrats, Murphy’s Law!

This week’s question is: What is the most shocking thing to happen in a comic and how did it affect you?

Now, the latter part of the question is where we hope you’ll get creative. Memba funny, unique, and or well thought out answers get the most attention.


Harvey Pekar was the biggest American icon you may not have heard of. A titan in underground comics of the 70’s and 80’s, Pekar worked with legends like Robert Crumb and turned his unglamorous, blue collar life into a cult series of comic books stories that make him arguably the 2nd most important comic creator of the last 30 years next to Alan Moore. , . Pekar rose to indie cinema prominence with a critically acclaimed adaptation of his “American Splendor” comics in 2003 and fortunately, he leaves us three plus decades of cranky brilliance that will live on forever.

This is indeed a sad day for Cleveland and for all who knew Harvey across the world. Harvey’s brilliant writing, in concert with his circle of equally brilliant illustrators, will truly be missed.