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Best Of American Splendor by Harvey Pekar
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Jun 13, 09

bookshelves: comics-memoir, comics
Read in February, 2009

My dislike for this book does not come, as the author suggests, from my need for "lowest common denominator" comics. In fact I like comics with depth and character development and an interesting story line. This is not one of them. Not only was I more or less bored by Mr. Pekar's lack of anything interesting to write about, but I was also unimpressed with the constant complaining about how hard his life was. There were multiple references to the percentage of his income that he would earn in retirement, therefore making retirement not an option, and also many mentions of how no one likes his comics due to the lack of intelligence of the general comic audience. He needs some new material. And then some. I wasn't crazy about the art either.
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