Quotes by: Harvey Pekar

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I don't write about certain arguments I have with my wife. I'd get my head torn off if wrote about certain things.
Harvey Pekar
I really don't have a lot in common with the people who attend the Comic Con. It's like assuming that all people who write prose are the same.
Harvey Pekar
I don't want to play myself up as a hero, because it would make me unbelievable. I'd rather settle for people thinking that I'm a bum, but digging my stories, than liking me and not being able to believe in my stories. That's one reason I've been hard on myself, because I want my stuff to be believable.
Harvey Pekar
I'd like to see the comics' style expanded. I'd like to see artists synthesize traditional comics arts style with fine-arts styles or whatever. I like to see innovation. I don't like it when an art form becomes stagnant.
Harvey Pekar
I write scripts in storyboard fashion using stick figures, and thought balloons and word balloons and captions. Then I'll write descriptions of what scenes should look like and turn it over to the artist.
Harvey Pekar
I try and write the way things happen. I don't try and fulfill people's wishes.
Harvey Pekar
Everybody's like everybody else, and everybody's different from everybody else.
Harvey Pekar
You can find heroism everyday, like guys working terrible jobs because they've got to support their families. Or as far as humor, the things I see on the job, on the street, are far funnier than anything you'll ever see on TV.
Harvey Pekar
My work looks like a comic book in form, but it's not a typical comic book in content. I write autobiographical stuff.
Harvey Pekar
Even a pretty traditional comic book writer can make valuable contributions to the Internet.
Harvey Pekar
Sometimes I want to convey something complex philosophically, and sometimes I just want to portray myself in a situation that I think other people have been in many times, but it hasn't been written about much.
Harvey Pekar
It seemed to me you could do anything in comics. So I started doing my thing, which is mainly influenced by novelists, stand-up comedians, that sort of thing.
Harvey Pekar
There hasn't been enough change in comics to suit me. I don't know why exactly.
Harvey Pekar
I wake up every morning in a cold sweat, regardless of how well things went the day before. And put that I said that in a somewhat but not completely tongue-in-cheek way.
Harvey Pekar
Cleveland has a very bad reputation, but there's a lot of stuff that's left over from when there were very wealthy people - the Art Museum and a world class symphony that's still world class.
Harvey Pekar
I'm just tired of people saying I'm a self-hating Jew because I'm critical of Israel or make fun of old Jewish ladies. I do not hate myself. And Jews who criticize Israel aren't necessarily mentally ill.
Harvey Pekar
There's no limitation on comics, nothing. From a logical standpoint, how can there be a limitation on comics? You can use any word in the dictionary. You can put them in any order you want to. You can use a vast variety of illustrating styles. People could do all sorts of things.
Harvey Pekar
I came up with American Splendor. Some people think it's American Squalor.
Harvey Pekar
When I was a kid, back in the '40s, I was a voracious comic book reader. And at that time, there was a lot of patriotism in the comics. They were called things like 'All-American Comics' or 'Star-Spangled Comics' or things like that. I decided to do a logo that was a parody of those comics, with 'American' as the first word.
Harvey Pekar
I'm trying to get every man involved in art, into experimental music, or painting, or novel-writing.
Harvey Pekar
I've just been writing stuff down as it comes to me. I haven't thought, 'Let me write some major opus here.'
Harvey Pekar
I decided I was going to tell these stories. I went around and met Crumb. He was the cartoonist. I started realizing comics weren't just kid stuff.
Harvey Pekar
Israel's creation was politically amazing and caused by a number of unusual events. And I understand. For centuries, Jews endured horrible suffering, and like other people, deserve the right to self-determination, but the way Israel is going now frightens me. Jews make awkward colonial overlords.
Harvey Pekar
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