Comic book author Harvey Pekar (b. 1939) was found dead at 1:00 am on July 12. Pekar chronicled his life in comic form, published as American Splendour, which was also made into a film in 2003. In addition to his own autobiographical comics, Pekar published several other comics based on history or biographies of other people. In 2006, he was named the first guest editor of The Best American Comics.
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