Fine Cartoon Art

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He Told It Like It Was. Comics Giant Harvey Pekar Dead at 70.

Posted by jtebeau on July 12, 2010

For decades he lifted the mundane nature of everyday life to the realm of art, getting some of comics’ heaviest hitters to help him capture the details of life in Cleveland. His blunt honesty offers comparison to great art. From the Cleveland Plain Dealer’s obit by Joanna Connors: “underneath his persona of aggravated, disaffected file clerk, he was an erudite book and jazz critic, and a writer of short stories that many observers compared to Chekhov, despite their comic-book form.” Chekhov. That’s pretty good company. That’s fine cartoon art, it is.

So long, Harvey. You’re being filed away now, but not forgotten.

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