Grumpy V. A. Hospital file clerk, Harvey Pekar, turns to making comic books as a creative outlet for his frustrations. Over time he finds love, survives cancer, deals with life's aggravations and maybe--just maybe--captures a little piece of his own American splendor. This movie is based on the autobiographical comic of the same name and integrates animation and documentary into its making. American Splendor is an extremely moving tale of the U.S. that most of us seek to avoid or deny. Pekar, despite his cantankerous demeanor, is more akin to the majority of Americans than anyone featured on the entertainment news and his stories more true to our reality.