“From off the streets of Cleveland”: Harvey Pekar, RIP

Really sad to learn that my favourite comics curmudgeon and Indy comics legend Harvey Pekar – best known for his acclaimed American Splendor works – has passed away. I was just trying to prepare to write something for the FP blog, but Richard had already heard the news and put up a most appropriate post. I’m not going to add to it except to say I always loved Harvey’s work – I loved the honesty, I loved the fact he brought the ‘ordinary’ into the medium and years later as I got older and read more I came to realise how important he had been in bridging the gap between the underground comix of the 60s and the emerging independent scene which is such a brilliantly vibrant part of the contemporary comics scene.