Tuesday, July 13, 2010
I'm very sorry to learn that Harvey Pekar has died. His irascible personal demeanor and his chosen medium probably prevented him from achieving the sort of glory that his work deserved-- he wrote a comic about a a crabby, opinionated autodidact. When I saw him lecture a year ago at the Buffalo Public Library he said that his intended audience was "people who will get it", and he was uncompromising about that, in the tradition of the musicians he was so knowledgeable about. It's an interesting oddity that he worked in a collaborative form, but he was fortunate in his collaborators, all of whom "got it."