Harvey Pekar, American Splendor

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?

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