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american splendor 11
excellent writing
exceptional art
historical 3
score 9
American Splendor #11

Only Printing / 1986 / 60 Pages / Harvey Pekar

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American Splendor #11 features stories about “Life as a War of Attrition.” Pekar gets it rolling by recounting his days as a shipping clerk at a wholesale record company, where his penchant for speaking his mind and not giving a crap about what the boss thinks spells his doom. Later, in “Common Sense,” Harvey rides a bus and listens as an older bus driver trains a new hire, trying to impart all the wisdom that you would expect an old bus driver to have.

In other stories, Pekar has car trouble on a night-long drive, picks up 46 boxes of the latest edition of his comic book from the printer, and smells what seems to be a gas leak in his apartment. There is also a two-page, 1985 interview of Harvey with an unnamed interviewer, who is then featured in a story later in the book.

It is currently unknown how many copies of this comic book were printed. Pekar was known to have printed approximately 5,000 copies of early issues of the book, but that may have changed for later issues. This issue has not been reprinted.
Harvey Pekar - 1-60 (stories)
Val Mayerick - 1 (art), 3-7 (art), 10-11 (art), 13-19 (art), 31-37 (art), 41(a), 57 (art)
Spain Rodriguez - 2 (art), 8-9 (art)
Greg Budgett - 12 (pencils), 60 (art collaboration)
Gary Dumm - 12 (ink), 51-56 (art), 58 (lettering), 60 (art collaboration)
Bill Knapp - 20-30 (art)
Ed Wesolowski - 38-40 (art), 50 (art)
Joe Lintner - 42-43 (art)
Joe Zabel - 44-49(a), 59 (art)
Joyce Brabner - 58 (art)