last night, in memory of Harvey Pekar,i saw American Splendor again. i’m not big on Pekar; in fact, i never even finished my copy of Our Cancer Year. It was the first independent comic I ever had, something I bought simply because I read about it in Spin Magazine as an impressionable 14year old.
i recognize Pekar’s genius, however, and I always felt that he was probably a loving and real guy despite his endlessly grumpy demeanor. i love how American Splendor,based on his indie comic series, is a film as real, awkwardly funny and strangely lovable as Pekar and his work.
so this week’s recommended film is American Splendor. it IS a bit groundbreaking with its very reflexive, documentary style, but the true reason it’s great is because of its characters, who I found myself really caring and feeling for by the movie’s end. so much so that I found myself crying because of Harvey Pekar’s passing by the time the credits rolled in.
this is a video of two heroes from my adolescence, comics geniuses Neil Gaiman and Arnold Arre, talking about taking criticism. it’s an almost-intimate moment between people who create that i never thought i’d be lucky enough to witness, and for that I’m eternally grateful.