R.I.P. Harvy Pekar

Well-respected autobiographical comic book writer and curmudgeon Harvey Pekar died at his home in Cleveland last night. He was 70 years old… I hope his old adversary David Letterman says something nice about him tonight. And, if he doesn’t, I hope that Harvey haunts the shit out of him.

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  1. Posted July 12, 2010 at 9:10 pm | Permalink

    I love the idea of Harvey haunting Letterman. If I had more time, I’d start working on a script.

  2. Edward
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 8:24 am | Permalink

    If Letterman is to be haunted, I’d suggest that we add Brother Theodore.


  3. West Cross
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 9:22 am | Permalink

    I guess 70 is a good run, but it is still a sad lost. I reread some American Splendor last night, really amazing how deep and sometimes humorous his stories of mundane life could be. He really bared his soul to the world.

  4. Posted July 13, 2010 at 10:53 am | Permalink

    When your heroes consistently appear in the obits, you know you’re getting old. Pekar, Carlin, Cronkite… Who’s next? Dylan?

  5. Knox
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    It’s a sad fucking day. This news breaks my heart. His honesty will be sorely missed in this phony bullshit era in which we live.

  6. Andy C
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

    : (

  7. S212
    Posted July 13, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    he was a tenacious little mother fucker.

  8. Michael
    Posted July 14, 2010 at 6:15 am | Permalink

    rrrrrrrr. Don’t. Even. Mention. That Dylan will be gone someday.

    I’ve already started working up some anticipatory grief, though.

  9. Michael
    Posted July 14, 2010 at 6:16 am | Permalink

    anyone watch Letterman?

  10. Christine M
    Posted July 14, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Permalink

    Man this sucks. I hate that they found him between the dresser and the bed. Like he was struggling to get up and lost the fight.

  11. Posted July 14, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

    If it helps, I’ll share my anticipatory grief when the time comes.

  12. Posted July 14, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

    I didn’t watch Letterman to the end that night, but I watched the first half and there wasn’t any mention. Hopefully he said something at the end… Also, I was struck by how unfunny Letterman was. The combination of Harvey’s death and that made me very sad. It’s like my world is ending.

  13. Michael
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 5:21 am | Permalink

    I did a search and realized that Harvey had a slight Ann Arbor connection. He apparently wrote a history of the SDS.

  14. Kim
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    File this under Everything was Better when We were Young.

  15. GenericReg
    Posted July 15, 2010 at 9:12 am | Permalink

    Boy do I miss television when there weren’t station logo imprints and pop-up ads for other shows constantly covering the bottom third of the screen…

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