While the writer and self-publisher (most of the time) of American Splendor, Pekar was not an artist, and the art of the comic was illustrated by various collaborators, including Robert Crumb, Drew Friedman, and Ty Templeton, amongst others.
As noted, the 2003 film is directed by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman, who began as documentary filmmakers prior to making the move into narrative filmmaking. After the critical success of American Splendor, the pair decided to make another unconventional, artistically challenging film: The Nanny Diaries.
Following up upon the, um, critical and financial “success” of The Nanny Diaries, the duo directed the 2010 comedy The Extra Man, which met with about the same reception as their previous film.
2011 saw the Berman and Pulcini return to more familiar territory and critical success with Cinema Verite, a drama looking back on the production of the influential PBS television series An American Family, which aired in 1971.
However, join us next episode as we look at the filmmakers' 2003 effort, American Splendor!