The quitter

by Pekar, Harvey.

Format: Print Book 2005
Availability: Available at 4 Libraries 4 of 4 copies
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C.C. Mellor Memorial Library - Forest Hills Graphic Novel GR P
Location  C.C. Mellor Memorial Library - Forest Hills
Collection  Graphic Novel
Call Number  GR P
CLP - East Liberty Graphic Novels PN6727.P44 Z46 2005x
Location  CLP - East Liberty
Collection  Graphic Novels
Call Number  PN6727.P44 Z46 2005x
CLP - Woods Run Graphic Novels PN6727.P44 Z46 2005x
Location  CLP - Woods Run
Collection  Graphic Novels
Call Number  PN6727.P44 Z46 2005x
Carnegie Library of Homestead Graphic Novel GN Peka
Location  Carnegie Library of Homestead
Collection  Graphic Novel
Call Number  GN Peka
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.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Pekar's autobiographical American Splendor contained glimpses of its author's earliest years during its long run, but the whole story had to wait for this graphic novel written from the vantage of retirement age. As usual in his work, the present-day Pekar appears to comment on the narrative a la George Burns on his and Gracie Allen's TV sitcom, though Pekar emphasizes apology, not wisecracks. Born to Polish Jews in Cleveland months before war broke out in Europe, Pekar had to become a fighter as a small boy and later used fighting for status in high school. He also became a quitter of things he didn't immediately excel at and an avoider of others he thought he couldn't hack. Fortunately, he discovered jazz, and when college and the navy proved impossible for him, encouragement from jazz critic Ira Gitler launched him into jazz commentary, the first of his two major avocations. Friendship with young Robert Crumb revived a boyhood interest in comics, and that jump-started the second. Meanwhile, he settled down to being a lifelong U.S. government file clerk. He still obsesses about being inadequate and unprepared. Ably abetted by gray-toner Lee Loughridge, Dean Haspiel renders Pekar's conception like a more angular, frame-boundary-obeying Will Eisner. Since this is the story of a Jewish immigrants' son, Haspiel's echoes of the greatest graphic novelist of American Jewry are brilliantly appropriate. --Ray Olson Copyright 2005 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Pekar's work, memorialized in the movie American Splendor, is an ongoing chronicle of his life in all its quotidian glory. Until now, he's only written nonfiction vignettes of his life as a jazz-loving slacker. The strength of Pekar's work is in his depiction of moments, but you have to read a great deal of it to understand the overall arc. This autobiographical full-length comic amends that problem, providing the missing overview: a searingly honest memoir of a smart but troubled boy who depends on quitting any time he might fail-a strategy that eventually leads to a near-nervous breakdown after he joins the navy. But Pekar doesn't dwell on his anxiety with the look-at-me tantrums of Philip Roth or Woody Allen-he's not that indulgent. Pekar's frequent artistic collaborator Haspiel provides the square-jawed, nebbishy characters, drawn with a fat, '60s line, giving a sharp-edged sense of the frustration and tension of an immigrant midcentury boyhood. 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. Pekar's work dignifies the struggle of the average man, and this book shows how that dignity is earned. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Pekar, Harvey -- Childhood and youth -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Cartoonists -- United States -- Biography -- Comic books, strips, etc.
Autobiographical comics.
Nonfiction comics.
Comics (Graphic works)
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :DC Comics,2005
Contributors Haspiel, Dean.
Loughridge, Lee.
Brosseau, Pat.
Language English
Description 1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781401203993 (hardcover)
140120399X (hardcover)
9781401204006 (pbk.)
1401204007 (pbk.)
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