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First Look: The Comics Journal #301
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim HensleyThe Comics JournalStephen DixonRobert CrumbMichael KuppermanJoe SaccoJim WoodringComing AttractionsAl Jaffee 24 Feb 2011 7:53 AM

The Comics Journal No. 301

It is true: after much foofaraw and mishegas, The Comics Journal #301 went to the printer last week and is due to be available in May. (You may have come across an earlier version of the cover here on our website, but here for the first time is the final version.)

Short description:

The Journal is reborn. In these 600+ pages: R. Crumb interview & critical roundtable on Genesis; Joe Sacco interview; Jim Woodring, Tim Hensley & Stephen Dixon sketchbooks; Jaffee & Kupperman in conversation; Gerald McBoing Boing; much more.

This volume is guest designed by internationally respected Criterion art director Eric Skillman

See here for more information on the issue and stay tuned for updates and previews.

The Comics Journal No. 301

Now in its 5th printing: Kafka by Robert Crumb & David Zane Mairowitz
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbnew releases 15 Feb 2011 7:07 AM

One more new arrival in our warehouse among the deluge we informed you of yesterday — the first Fantagraphics edition was published in 2007, and now this perennial bestseller is already in its 5th printing:

Kafka by Robert Crumb & David Zane Mairowitz

Kafka
by Robert Crumb & David Zane Mairowitz

176-page black & white 6.25" x 8.5" softcover • $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-56097-806-0

Ordering Info & Previews

"What do I have in common with the Jews? I don't even have anything in common with myself." Nothing could better express the essence of Franz Kafka, a man described by his friends as living behind a "glass wall." Kafka wrote in the tradition of the great Yiddish storytellers, whose stock-in-trade was bizarre fantasy tainted with hilarity and self-abasement. What he added to this tradition was an almost unbearably expanded consciousness. Alienated from his roots, his family, his surroundings, and primarily from his own body, Kafka created a unique literary language in which to hide away, transforming himself into a cockroach, an ape, a dog, a mole or a circus artiste who starves himself to death in front of admiring crowds. David Zane Mairowitz's brilliant text and the illustrations and comic panels of the world's greatest cartoonist, Robert Crumb (himself no stranger to self-loathing and alienation), help us to understand the essence of Kafka and provide insight beyond the cliche "Kafkaesque," peering through Kafka's glass wall like no other book before it. The book is a wonderful educational tool for those unfamiliar with Kafka, including a brief but inclusive biography as well as the plots of many of his works, all illustrated by Crumb, making this newly designed edition a must-have for admirers of both Kafka and Crumb.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 20-page PDF excerpt (1.47 MB).

Stay tuned for more previews coming soon.

Undergroundhog Day one-day sale!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Victor MoscosoVaughn Bodespainsales specialsRobert WilliamsRobert CrumbKim DeitchJoyce FarmerJack JacksonFrank Stack 1 Feb 2011 5:40 PM

Undergroundhog Day

February 2nd 2011, for one day only, it's our "Undergroundhog Day" Sale with at least 30% OFF almost every book and comic in our Underground Comix category, including books by Vaughn Bodé, R. Crumb, Kim Deitch, Joyce Farmer , Rand Holmes, Jack Jackson, Victor Moscoso, Spain Rodriguez, Frank Stack, Robert Williams and more! The sale starts tonight and it'll be over before you know it, so get ready! (Discount not valid at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. A big tip o'the hat to our own Ted Jouflas for the sale idea!)

From Crumb's Shelf to Your Ears
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Robert Crumb 31 Jan 2011 12:26 PM

  

Musician John Heneghan, whom I've mentioned on this blog previously, is a frequent musical collaborator with R. Crumb. And now, he's been entrusted with selling off some of the more extraneous items in Crumb's legendary 78 record collection. Many of the items include hand-written notes by Crumb on the sleeve of each piece. These could make a super cool, ultra-unique gift for any Crumb fans in your life. 

Anyone Have a Spare $100K?
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Robert Crumb 17 Jan 2011 11:36 AM

  

I'd never seen this Crumb painting before. I entertained the notion that it might be a fraud for a moment, but I think the telltale signs are the building facades and cars, which are classic "Harlem"-era Crumb. Available on eBay for a mere $100K. 

Mr. Natural gets stoned
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbmerch 27 Dec 2010 11:58 AM

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Get it? Statuettes of R. Crumb's Mr. Natural, hand-carved from sandstone by artisans in Bali, now available from The Official R. Crumb Gallery. Garden gnome hat not included. (Via Boing Boing.)

(For cheaper Mr. Natural thrills, The Book of Mr. Natural hardcover edition is only 12 bucks during our 3-day Inventory Reduction Sale!)

New issue of Mineshaft due in January
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert CrumbPat MoriarityMineshaft 7 Dec 2010 5:33 PM

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I just read over at The Comics Reporter that the next issue of the great underground comix zine Mineshaft is coming soon. The issue features new work by R. Crumb and a host of others (see above), and cover art by Pat Moriarity, no stranger to suggestive covers with several of our Tijuana Bibles volumes under his belt. Go, subscribe!

Daily OCD: 11/11/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert CrumbreviewsLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJacques TardiDaily OCD 11 Nov 2010 5:44 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec Vol. 1: Pterror Over Paris and The Eiffel Tower Demon [Pre-Order]

Review: "First off: a round of applause to Kim Thompson for his translation of The Extraordinary Adventures of Adele Blanc-Sec. The French title of the first volume translates literally as 'Adele and the Beast,' and that was the title of the previous American version (20 years or so ago) — but 'Pterror over Paris' is way funnier, and in line with the overheated, not entirely serious style of this book. ...[T]his is really charming stuff... and it's super-fun." – Douglas Wolk, TIME/Techland

The Sanctuary

Review: "This is a powerful tale about creativity, morality, verity and above all, responsibility which demands that the reader work for his reward. As an exploration of imagination it is subtly enticing, but as an examination of Mankind’s unchanging primal nature The Sanctuary is pitilessly honest. Abstract, symbolic, metaphorical yet gloriously approachable, this devastatingly clever saga is a 'must-see' for any serious fan of comics and every student of the human condition." – Win Wiacek, Now Read This!

Love and Rockets Library (Short Stories): Amor Y Cohetes [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Review: "In collecting all the (mostly) non-Locas, non-Palomar odds’n'ends from the initial run of Love and Rockets from both Gilbert and Jaime — and Mario too, the 'sometimes Y' to Beto and Xaime’s AEIOU — Amor y Cohetes reinforces [a particular] conception of the brothers’ working relationship. It’s not one-upsmanship, it’s not trading eights, it’s more a matter of pulling from a collective pool of ideas about comics." – Sean T. Collins, Attentiondeficitdisorderly

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 4 [Sold Out]

Interview: For the L.A. Times Hero Complex blog, Deborah Vankin talks to Robert Crumb (actually an outtake from a slightly longer Crumb interview done for a feature on Joyce Farmer running in the print version of the Times soon): "Maybe I’m less angry. I don’t know. Actually, I’m not less angry. When I go back to America, after a few days I am once again filled with this kind of angry alienation and disgust with this thing there that America has got — you have no idea how pervasive it is there. The public relations and propaganda put out by the corporate mono-culture there is so pervasive."

Back in stock: The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 11 Hardcover Ed.
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumb 10 Nov 2010 4:24 PM

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 11

Look what just turned up: a handful of copies of the first hardcover edition of The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 11: Mr. Natural Committed to a Mental Institution! This means that we now have all 3 editions of this volume in stock and available to order: the original hardcover, the deluxe signed hardcover, and the 2008 softcover reprint. Quantities are very limited so act fast if you want it.

Warehouse Finds: Signed Complete Crumb Hardcovers!!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumb 6 Oct 2010 12:41 PM

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 11

As part of our warehouse move, we've stumbled across a tiny cache of hardcover editions of the COMPLETE CRUMB COMICS VOLUME 11, first editions complete with signed plates. Even though the REGULAR hardcovers, which have long been sold out too, are selling for north of $100 from on-line stores we're offering these signed ones (only one per customer!) for the original $75 price. What a bargain!

We also found some signed plates for COMPLETE CRUMB VOLUME 10, and can thus once again offer this hardcover for $75. (The only other signed hardcover still in stock is COMPLETE CRUMB VOLUME 6.)

There are VERY FEW of these left, so we'd encourage anyone who wants to buy them to call us at 1-800-657-1100 muy pronto. Trust snail mail or even the website's 24-hour turnaround and you may be S.O.L.

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 10


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