Comic loyalists the world over mourn the death of the curmudgeonly depressed, OCD “flunky file clerk”, Harvey Pekar, known best for his writing the autobiographical comic book, “American Splendor”. Harvey Pekar became a household name after the release of 2003’s critically acclaimed bio-pic “American Splendor” starring Paul Giamatti as Pekar.
Royal Flush, and even more so, Flush crewmen, Josh Bernstein, Jeff Newelt and Sean Pryor have been fortunate enough to work with Harvey over the last 3 years of his life. In character, Harvey portrayed himself as a miserably depressed recluse but for those us us who had the pleasure of meeting him in person, he was everything but. A genuinely sweet guy who was happy to talk to friends and fans alike.
“Harvey Pekar was a legend in the comics world, a legend in Cleveland and a legend in the hearts of all of us here at Royal Flush.
More importantly Harv was a friend and fellow collaborator and instigator.
We’re going to miss him and his unique take on the crazy world we all live in. Rest in Peace.”
– Josh Bernstein
Harvey will be missed.
See Harvey Pekar’s Royal Flush contribution The Gauntlet of Rock.