Harvey Pekar wrote autobiographical comics under the series title American Splendor in the 1970’s and 1980’s. He worked primarily as a file clerk in Cleveland, writing comics and jazz reviews on the side, and becoming a minor celebrity along the way.
After reading the six short comics I’ve included in the packet, answer the following as one multi-paragraph prompt:
- What impression does he give of the life of the “average working man”? Where can such a man take satisfaction in life? What makes him happy? What’s he afraid of? What frustrates him?