Scene by Scene with Josh & Dean: American Splendor

Scene by Scene with Josh & Dean: American Splendor

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Josh Neufeld & Dean Haspiel break down Harvey Pekar’s AMERICAN SPLENDOR the movie (2003) scene by scene, with insight, humor, and inside information. Neufeld & Haspiel were both illustrators for the American Splendor comic book. SCENE BY SCENE is geared toward fans of indy comics and movies, as well as the rapidly growing “movies-by-minute” podcast movement. You can find SCENE BY SCENE at http://www.scenebyscenepodcast.com Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/scenebyscene/support


AS Bonus: Writer/Directors SHARI SPRINGER BERMAN and ROBERT PULCINI Interview
Nov 4 • 69 min
Josh & Dean sit down with American Splendor writer/directors Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini for a freewheeling discussion of the movie. Shari & Bob talk about meeting Harvey & Joyce, the writing & making of the film, their working method and…
AS30: The End Credits
Oct 28 • 51 min
American Splendor scene #30 (1:37:31 to 1:41:08) — As the credits roll (on the film and the podcast), Josh & Dean reflect on all things Pekar/American Splendor. What should the film’s post-credit sequence have been? What would an American Splendor TV show…
AS29: Part of the Story (with Alex Robinson)
Oct 21 • 79 min
American Splendor scene #29 (1:31:12 to 1:37:31) — Alex Robinson of Star Wars Minute joins Josh & Dean for the final scene of the film! (Well, actually, six little “scenelets.”) It’s one year later, and Harvey & Joyce sign Our Cancer Year. Harvey is…
AS Bonus: Animator GARY LEIB Interview
Oct 17 • 39 min
Josh sits down with Gary Leib to discuss his work on the film, specifically on key scenes like the title sequence, “Old Jewish Ladies,” and “Who is Harvey Pekar?” Gary’s background as an alternative cartoonist (Idiotland) and musician, and his…
AS28: Who is Harvey Pekar?
Oct 14 • 42 min
American Splendor scene #28 (1:28:12 to 1:31:12) — In one continuous take, Harvey wanders through a dreamscape, musing about his name, the phone book, and the other Harvey Pekars out there. An existential meditation is brought to life in a tour-de-force…
AS27: Treatment Begins
Oct 7 • 52 min
American Splendor scene #27 (1:24:49 to 1:28:11) — The trauma and turmoil of Harvey’s treatment; time passes strangely. Meanwhile, Fred — accompanied by Danielle — continues to work on Our Cancer Year with Harvey & Joyce. An addled Harvey wonders if he’s…
AS Bonus: Producer TED HOPE Interview
Oct 4 • 56 min
Josh & Dean chat with Ted Hope (now with Amazon Studios), the producer of American Splendor. Hope talks about his own background in the business, the development of the film (including Dean’s key introductions), his favorite moments from the shoot, and…
AS26: Our Cancer Year (with Jeff “JahFurry” Newelt)
Sep 30 • 66 min
American Splendor scene #26 (1:18:34 to 1:24:48) — To his and Joyce’s great shock, Harvey is diagnosed with lymphoma. Joyce suggest he “make a comic book of the whole thing,” but Harvey just wants to die. Undeterred, Joyce enlists Fred, an artist, to…
AS25: You F***d Up a Great Thing (with Jeff “JahFurry” Newelt)
Sep 23 • 59 min
American Splendor scene #25 (1:15:00 to 1:18:33) — The scene begins with another Letterman appearance. but to quote Harvey, “between the lump and loneliness… [he] never felt more like a sell-out hack.” Harvey dons an “On Strike Against NBC” shirt and the…
AS Bonus: JOE ZABEL Interview
Sep 19 • 55 min
Josh & Dean chat with long-time American Splendor artist Joe Zabel. Joe talks about his years working with Harvey, the creativity he brought to the role of illustrator, his thoughts on the movie, and about how his first impression of American Splendor was…
AS24: Startin’ to Lose It
Sep 16 • 52 min
American Splendor scene #24 (1:10:45 to 1:14:55) — The scene opens back at Shay’s Diner. Another patron recognizes Harvey from the Letterman show — but not for the right reasons. Our man is angry and unfulfilled. Meanwhile, Joyce is looking for…
AS23: Late Night with Harvey Pekar (with Ed Piskor)
Sep 9 • 75 min
American Splendor scene #23 (1:02:32 to 1:10:44) — The scene shifts to the Warwick Hotel, New York City, as Harvey and Joyce prepare for his appearance on Late Night with David Letterman! Despite himself, Harvey is a hit on the show and comes back for…
AS22: Delusions of Grandeur (with Whitney Matheson & Eytan Mirsky)
Sep 2 • 79 min
American Splendor scene #22 (56:33 to 1:02:31) — “Westward Ho!” Harvey & Joyce travel to L.A. to see American Splendor: The Play. Things are finally breaking Harvey’s way. But his ascendancy is complicated by Joyce’s emotional struggles. She wants… a…
AS21: Revenge of the Nerds part II: Signs of Trouble (with Whitney Matheson)
Aug 26 • 51 min
American Splendorscene #21 (53:50 to 56:33) — Harvey, Joyce, and Toby emerge from a screening of Revenge of the Nerds. Joyce finds it inspiring — Harvey finds it insipid. Back at their apartment, Joyce struggles with feeling at home amidst all of Harvey’s…
AS20: What Kind of Girl Is Your New Bride?
Aug 19 • 33 min
American Splendor scene #20 (52:19 to 53:50) — the real Harvey and Joyce sit in a fake comic book store, with a pile of American Splendors on the table between them. Joyce talks about what it was like to become a character in Harvey’s stories. Tension is…
AS Bonus: World Champion JUDAH FRIEDLANDER Interview
Aug 15 • 56 min
Josh & Dean chat with comedian and actor Judah Friedlander, who plays Toby Radloff in the movie. Judah discusses how he got the role, hanging with the real Toby, being unrecognizable, and his key scenes in the film. He also talks 30 Rock, those unique…
AS19: Escape (Revenge of the Nerds Part I)
Aug 12 • 43 min
American Splendor scene #19 (49:08 to 52:18) — It’s one week later, and (a strangely chipper) Harvey sees Toby sitting in his car, the dashboard covered in White Castle sliders. Toby is on his way to Toledo to see the new movie Revenge of the Nerds.…
AS Bonus: Genuine Nerd TOBY RADLOFF
Aug 8 • 30 min
Josh & Dean chat with Toby Radloff, a key figure in both American Splendor the comic and the movie. (Josh illustrated a couple of Toby Radloff stories.) Toby talks about working with Harvey Pekar at the VA Hospital, what the job of a file clerk was, and…
AS18: Skipping the Whole Courtship Thing
Aug 5 • 42 min
American Splendor scene #18 (44:33 to 49:07) — Harvey takes Joyce to his apartment, where it is abundantly clear that he has a “serious problem with cleanliness.” Joyce shrugs if off, and they sit down on the couch and begin to get… intimate. Suddenly…
AS17: A Burp, a Whistle, and a Cough (with Val Mayerik)
Jul 29 • 77 min
American Splendor scene #17 (41:38 to 44:32) — Joyce travels to Cleveland to meet Harvey in person — but will he be a “hairy ape” or a “young Brando?” The real Harvey sidles into frame. His opening line? “You might as well know right off the bat, I had a…
AS16: Dear Mister Pekar
Jul 22 • 41 min
American Splendor scene #16 (37:11 to 41:37) — Meanwhile in Delaware, Joyce Brabner is frustrated with her partner in the comic store, who has sold her copy of American Splendor #8 out from under her. Why does everything in her life have to be such a…
AS15: Alice Quinn and Jennie Gerhardt
Jul 15 • 42 min
American Splendor scene #15 (32:27 to 37:10) — The short weekend begins with longing… Harvey is picking up donuts and day-old bread at the bakery when he runs into Alice Quinn, a woman he briefly knew in college. They catch up on each other’s lives and…
AS14: Jellybeans, Lentils, and Lent
Jul 8 • 44 min
American Splendor scene #14 (27:32 to 32:26) — Our most authentic episode to date! And the next thing, it’s the 80s… Harvey has published eight issues of American Splendor to critical acclaim but little financial gain. He’s still a “flunky file clerk.“…
AS13: From Off the Streets of Cleveland
Jul 1 • 34 min
American Splendor scene #13 (23:46 to 27:31) — This episode opens with a montage of classic Pekar quotidian moments and culminates with Harvey proudly showing off American Splendor #1 to his co-workers. It concludes with the real Harvey talking about how…
AS12: Words and Pictures (with James Urbaniak)
Jun 24 • 62 min
American Splendor scene #12 (20:21 to 23:45) — Inspired, Harvey stays up all night writing. At a diner with Crumb, Harv makes a pitch for a new kind of comics. He shows Bob the scripts he’s been working on — and Bob offers to illustrate them for him!…
AS11: Standing Behind Old Jewish Ladies in Supermarket Lines
Jun 17 • 32 min
American Splendor scene #11 (17:51 to 20:20) — Harvey is doing some grocery shopping when he is confronted with a conundrum about which line to wait on — the long but speedy one, or the short one with the old Jewish lady in front? Out of nowhere, Harvey’s…
AS10: Give It Up!
Jun 10 • 33 min
American Splendor scene #10 (16:24 to 17:51) — a sobering moment in the VA hospital’s “deceased” files section leads Harvey to try drawing his own stories. Short on ideas, he flips through some old comics, including an issue of Dr. Quake. But the message…
AS9: Back to ‘75…
Jun 3 • 29 min
American Splendor scene #9 (14:32 to 16:23) — The flashback is over, and a famous but disillusioned Crumb is back in Cleveland for a visit. He and our man hang out at a random bus stop while Crumb sketches. His marriage over, Harvey is lonely and…
AS8: Bob and Harv
May 27 • 39 min
American Splendor scene #8 (12:27 to 14:32) — It’s still 1962, and Harvey and Bob are chillin’ at the Pekar pad. Scratchy jazz tunes play on the turntable. Harvey admires Crumb’s Big Yum Yum Book, but grows frustrated with Crumb’s apparent lack of…
AS7: A Rare Find, 1962 (with Eli Ganias)
May 20 • 34 min
American Splendor scene #7 (11:11 to 12:17) — Flashback to 1962. A fateful encounter: while searching for old records at a yard sale, Harvey meets shy greeting card illustrator (and comic book collector) Bob Crumb. Special guest: actor Eli Ganias, who…
AS6: Demon Record Hustler
May 13 • 26 min
In American Splendor’s sixth scene (10:00 to 11:11), the real Harvey Pekar sits at a fake yard sale, talking about his years as a used-record collector / salesman. Harvey’s transition from collecting “sides” to collecting stories. It’s talk therapy for…
AS5: Jack the Bellboy and Mr. Boats
May 6 • 28 min
In American Splendor’s fifth scene (8:00 to 10:00), it’s a few months later. A depressed and lonely Harvey is at his flunky file clerk job at the V.A. hospital. Mr. Boats comes by to offer some poetic advice about women. The conversation turns to music,…
AS4: His Vow of Silence Begins
Apr 29 • 33 min
In American Splendor‘s fourth scene (6:06 to 8:00), Harvey’s wife decides this “plebeian” lifestyle just isn’t working for her anymore. Without being able to speak, our man is powerless to prevent her from leaving him. Poor Harvey! Harvey’s apartment…
AS3: Voice Trouble, 1975
Apr 22 • 35 min
In American Splendor‘s third scene (4:49 to 6:06), Harvey visits a throat doctor and exhibits a little hypochondria. Plus, he’s having marital problems. The boys correct an error from the previous episode. They talk about the original American Splendor…
AS2: Here’s Our Man
Apr 14 • 39 min
American Splendor’s second scene (1:24 to 4:49) introduces Paul Giamatti as Harvey Pekar, walking the gritty Cleveland streets, interwoven with the film’s opening credits, all formatted to look like comic book panels. Then we meet the real Harvey Pekar in…
AS1: 1950 — Our Story Begins
Feb 17 • 36 min
AMERICAN SPLENDOR’s prologue (0:00 to 1:24) opens in the year 1950. It’s Halloween and an 11-year-old Harvey Pekar refuses to be a superhero. Josh & Dean introduce themselves and the show before diving into the scene, with memories of past Halloween…
Scene by Scene with Josh & Dean: American Splendor (Trailer)
Feb 16 • 0 min
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