Harvey Pekar, writer of the autobiographical comic series American Splendor, is dead.
Pekar, 70, was found dead shortly before 1 a.m. today by his wife, Joyce Brabner, in their Cleveland Heights home, said Powell Caesar, spokesman for Cuyahoga County Coroner Frank Miller. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the cause of death. Pekar and his wife, Joyce Brabner, wrote “Our Cancer Year,” a book-length comic, after Pekar was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in 1990 and underwent a grueling treatment.
Here’s Pekar’s famous appearance on Letterman:
Here’s an excellent piece Pekar wrote about the experience under a pseudonym.
Pekar’s most recent and perhaps last work was his online series The Pekar Project.