America has lost a literary master of graphic despair. Harvey Pekar— whose American Splendor comic-book series turned the stark, often depressing realities of his life into art—was found dead yesterday, at age 70, in his Cleveland home.
Police were called to Harvey’s residence by his wife about 1 a.m. “His body was found on the floor between a bed and dresser,” the Associated Press reports. Though the cause of death is unclear, and an autopsy is under way, authorities say.
Harvey, who had prostate cancer, high blood pressure, asthma and depression—and whose life was immortalized by Paul Giamatti in the 2003 feature film American Splendor— had gone to bed around 4:30 p.m. Sunday in good spirits, his wife told police.
Just 26 days earlier, in a live interview with BlogTalkRadio’s Justin Paine and Kenneth Rodriquez, hosts of Milk of Minutia, Harvey spoke for one hour and 13 minutes, touching on his financial fears, his health, his state of mind, his art form, his favorite illustrators, his love of jazz, his family, his religion and his notoriety.
“It’s been a while since [American Splendor] came out. In the years since the movie, can you give the listeners an update on your well-being, how you’re feeling lately and what’s been happening?” Ken asked.
“The movie really saved my life, because Continue reading