The Quitter by Harvey Pekar

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Written by Harvey Pekar Art and cover by Dean Haspiel In this virtuoso graphic novel, Harvey Pekar - whose American Book Award-winning series American Splendor was the basis for the celebrated film of the same name - tells the story of his troubled teen years for the first time, when he would beat up any kid who looked at him wrong just to win the praise of his peers. And when he failed to impress, whether on the football team, in math class, in the Navy or on the job, he simply gave up. A true tour-de-force, THE QUITTER is the universal tale of a young man's search for himself through the frustrations, redemptions and complexities of ordinary life. With gritty, atmospheric artwork by indie-comics luminary Dean Haspiel (American Splendor, Opposable Thumbs), THE QUITTER is both Pekar's funniest and most heart-wrenching work yet, an unforgettable graphic novel for all those, like Pekar, who have tried, failed and lived to quit another day.
 

About Harvey Pekar

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Harvey Pekar (1939-2010) was a comic book writer and author of the autobiographical American Splendor series, which was adapted into an Academy Award nominated film. Pekar was also a prolific jazz and book critic.
 
Published October 5, 2005 by Vertigo. 104 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Comics & Graphic Novels, Arts & Photography, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Once out in the working world, he keeps screwing around and acting the clown, behavior that could come as a surprise to those familiar only with his more dour later work (Pekar, it seems, wasn’t always a grumpy old man).

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EVEN as a longtime fan of Harvey Pekar and his autobiographical comic book series, "American Splendor," I have to admit that I approached his latest effort in the same way Pekar approaches his own life: with a mixture of despair and resignation.

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This book is full of the deeply flawed but sympathetic characters that populate Pekar's work: his hard-working but oblivious parents, an overrated tough guy Pekar beats up, the jazz writer who gives him an outlet away from being a street tough.

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An illustration of the contemporary Pekar shambles wordlessly across frame one, stops and turns away from us in frame two, ponders pensively in frame three, then in frame four, dressed in his traditional checked work shirt, faces the reader with his right hand jammed into his pocket, his left han...

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The American Splendor movie was legitimately great--the filmmakers showed an innate understanding of what Pekar's life's work has been all about--and with the current boom in "art" comics and graphic novels, publishers have been lining up to sign Pekar to multi-book deals.

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