You read this and then the penny drops. It is from the beats that Harvey Pekar got his writing style.
The Beats: A Graphic History by Harvey Pekar, Nancy J. Peters, Penelope Rosemont, Joyce Brabner, Trina Robbins, Tuli Kupferberg, Paul Buhle (Editor), Summer McClinton (Illustrator) ,Peter Kuper (Illustrator), Mary Fleener (Illustrator), Jerome Neukirch(Illustrator), Anne Timmons (Illustrator), Gary Dumm (Illustrator), Lance Tooks (Illustrator), Jeffrey Lewis (Illustrator), Ed Piskor (Illustrator), Jay Kinney (Illustrator), Nick Thorkelson (Illustrator)
And Harvey wrote real good, engaging dialogue and narrative.
(What Patti Smith saw in William S. Burroughs I don't know!)
I told you I don't like them, right. Go find heroes elsewhere, says I....
Their source was drugs, jazz and the times that were "a'changin"...not an adding machine guy (William S. Burroughs ) -- in a particular period of a post war economic boom and a pervasive Red Scare.
But if you want to engage further with the Beats and explore their existence -- this comic is a great place to begin