Harvey Pekar

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Underground comic book author Harvey Pekar showed that graphic novels could make for adult fodder with his autobiographical series, “American Splendor,” but he inspired the 2003 film of the same name, starring Paul Giamatti in the title role.  He profiled the everyday lives of his fellow Cleveland residents – and himself – instead of the adventures of costumed heroes.

Though he just died at the age of 70, you can still hear his interviews on the show from 2003 (with Paul Giamatti and filmmakers Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini), as well as in 2006, when he was on with Michael Malice, the subject of his graphic novel, Ego & Hubris.

2003 interview

2006 interview