Comic book writer Harvey Pekar, best known for his autobiographical series American Splendor, passed away several days ago at the age of 70.
Pekar was found dead in his home in Cleveland, Ohio by his wife Joyce Brabner. No cause of death was cited by the coroner's office, but the artist had been suffering from prostate cancer.
Pekar chronicled his life in American Splendor, which was first published in 1976 and featured various artists including underground icon Robert Crumb. The series, which ran until 2008, was eventually adapted into a 2003 film, also titled American Splendor, starring Paul Giamatti.
To read more of Pekar's works, click on this link to get you to Pekar's works currently in the library's collection. For more information about the life and times of Pekar, check out Wikipedia's entry.