A native of Cleveland, Oh, Harvey Pekar first became interested in writing comics books when he met artist Bob Crumb at a tag sale. With Crumb's encouragement Harvey wrote the first in a series of award winning autobiographical comic books called "American Splendor". In 2003 HBO produced a movie based on Harvey Pekar's life called "American Splendor". In 2005 Harvey met Lois Gilbert and they co-wrote Lois #1.