American Splendor Unsung Hero: The Story of Robert McNeill

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Dark Horse Comics, Sep 1, 2003 - Fiction - 79 pages
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Few authors are able to capture an honest snapshot of everyday life the way Harvey Pekar can. From ruminations on jazz musicians to back problems and traffic tickets, Pekar writes in a clear, unsentimental voice that not only explores the mundane, but celebrates it as well. This time out, Pekar focuses his sharp literary eye on Robert McNeill, an ordinary man who's lived an extraordinary life. McNeill recounts his time spent as a G.I. in Vietnam, on a tour through that surreal and horrific landscape that even now, thirty years later, we're struggling to define. Unsung Hero is a tale of cynicism and endurance, tempered by McNeill's distinct sense of humor and Pekar's touching wit.

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Review: American Splendor Unsung Hero: The Story of Robert McNeill (American Splendor #5)

User Review  - Kay - Goodreads

This volume of American Splendor is about Robert McNeill and what happened to him as a Marine in Viet Nam. Well and simply told, Mr. McNeill joined the army in his teens as an escape and soon ended up ... Read full review

Review: American Splendor Unsung Hero: The Story of Robert McNeill (American Splendor #5)

User Review  - Peter - Goodreads

If you like Pekar, you'll like this. An interview with a Vietnam Vet who works at the VA, illustrated in a Crumb-like style. All the humor and pathos you expect. Read full review


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Harvey Pekar (1939-2010) was a comic book writer and author of the autobiographical American Splendor series, which was adapted into an Academy Award nominated film. Pekar was also a prolific jazz and book critic.

David Collier is the author of Portraits from Life, Hamilton Sketchbook, and The Frank Ritza Papers, which was nominated for a Doug Wright Award. He previously lived in Saskatoon but now lives in Hamilton. Chimo will be launched at the Brush With War exhibit at the Canadian War Museum in Ottawa in December and then at Grit Lit in Hamilton and TCAF in Toronto in Spring 2011.

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