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BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 16 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5047
  1. Ian Williams, independent general practitioner, visual artist, and editor Graphic Medicine (, Llanrhaeadr, Denbighshire
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    Harvey Pekar, jazz critic and author of the autobiographical comic series American Splendor (the basis of a 2003 film of the same name), died in July this year. He had prostate cancer. A file clerk in a Cleveland hospital until he retired in 2001, Pekar had documented the day to day idiosyncrasies of his life and work since 1976 in the comic series he published and distributed himself. He was one of the first writers to think that everyday life could provide the basis for comic book stories, and he hired various cartoonists, notably Robert Crumb and Joe …

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