RIP: American Splendor creator Harvey Pekar (1939-2010)

When news broke on Monday that American Splendor creator Harvey Pekar was found dead in his Cleveland Heights, Ohio home, I wrote via Twitter: “I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting him in person, but [Pekar] is and will always be an inspiration to struggling creators.”

Pekar is best-known for the pioneering comics series American Splendor which told the story of Pekar’s own life and the lives of the people around him in his home in Cleveland. It was this series which lead to several guest appearances on “Late Night with David Letterman,” the last of which in 1987 got him banned from the show: Continue reading “RIP: American Splendor creator Harvey Pekar (1939-2010)”

8-Bit Theater ends its run with a bang

One of the first webcomics to use sprites from video games for character art, 8-Bit Theater creator Brian Clevinger gave his nine-year old series a great sendoff by teaming up with artist Matt Speroni and letterer Jeff Powell to create a hand-drawn epilogue to his story which ended officially on March 20.

I have to admit that while it was never on my webcomics readling list, I do recognize that when it comes to being a pioneer of webcomics, Clevinger’s creation most definitely deserves to be on that honor roll. Many sprite comics have come and gone, but his story’s endurance had as much to say about good writing and great characterization as it did the fact that it was one of the first of its kind.

Congrats on a great run.