R. Crumb: Interviews; Essays; Color Gallery; Drawings

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A book of interviews with the most elusive of cartoonists and father of underground comics.
Few cartoonists have affected our world the way Robert Crumb has. From busting cultural and sexual taboos for artists everywhere with his pioneering underground comix to his never-ending drive to improve his art, he has rightly drawn comparisons to Brueghel by Time magazine's Robert Hughes.
Collecting four long out-of-print interviews from the Utne ...

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Overview

A book of interviews with the most elusive of cartoonists and father of underground comics.
Few cartoonists have affected our world the way Robert Crumb has. From busting cultural and sexual taboos for artists everywhere with his pioneering underground comix to his never-ending drive to improve his art, he has rightly drawn comparisons to Brueghel by Time magazine's Robert Hughes.
Collecting four long out-of-print interviews from the Utne Independent Press Award-winning Comics Journal's archive in a oversized, art-book format, this third volume in The Comics Journal Library provides an absorbing oral history of comics in the latter half of the 20th century from the point of view of an artist who single-handedly shaped it to great extent. As the acknowledged father of underground comix, virtually every comic that has been drawn over the last 30 years and aspires to anything beyond puerile kiddie entertainment owes a debt to his groundbreaking efforts.
These are the finest, longest, and most comprehensive interviews ever conducted with the man—if you thought the Crumb film was intimate, than this collection, spanning his life and career, covering his peers and family, his views on sex, politics, art, racism and culture, his flirtations with success on America's terms and his later rejections of those terms, and his view of the world around him will surely impress. The book also boasts of a handful of probing essays on Crumb's oeuvre by the Journal's sharpest critics and a stunning color gallery of the artist's art and ephemera.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560975649
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 4/19/2004
  • Series: The Comics Journal Library
  • Pages: 120
  • Product dimensions: 12.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Essay: "Crumb of Discomfort." by Donald Phelps. From Film Comment, 1995 3
The Interviews
Interview I "I feared ridicule, but I didn't fear being busted. I always feared ridicule. I even fear ridicule now." An unpublished monologue by R. Crumb; questions by Patrick Rosenkranz, 1984 7
Interview II "One of my main reasons to go on living is I still think I haven't done my best work." From TCJ #121, conducted by Gary Groth, 1988 13
Interview III "An honest revelation of what really goes on in people's psyches about sex is always more interesting than something that just merely panders to some low common denominator." From TCJ #143, conducted by Gary Groth, 1991 67
Interview IV "I don't live here any more. You people better clean up your act here in this country. I'm telling you now." From TCJ #158, panel moderated by Gary Groth, 1992 79
Interview V "They hate me, they think I'm a disgusting weirdo. That's something I had to live with all my life." From TCJ #180, conducted by Gary Groth, 1995 89
The Color Gallery: A selection of art from throughout Crumb's career 103
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