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Guest Flog: Patrick Rosenkranz on Crumb's Genesis exhibit in Portland
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert CrumbPatrick Rosenkranz 11 Jun 2010 4:49 PM

[We're pleased to present the following report and photos from Rebel Visions author Partrick Rosenkranz. – Ed.]

Genesis - R. Crumb exhibit - photo by Patrick Rosenkranz

Crumb Genesis exhibit sign - photo by Patrick Rosenkranz

I heard last winter that Crumb 's Genesis artwork was coming to the Portland Art Museum but I didn't see anything in the local press about it until just recently. When I received a letter inviting me to attend the opening night reception on Thursday, June 10th I eagerly accepted, and not just for the food and open bar. I wanted to examine the pages up close — how much whiteout did he use (not much); the size of the originals (just a bit bigger than the printed pages); how the museum would display them (on partitions painted different colors organized by chapters with portraits of the main characters above); and what would staid Portland supporters of culture think about having one of the world's most sexually obsessed artists hanging in their museum (some claimed to be unaware of all that hanky panky in the Bible).

Chapter 27 - Crumb Genesis exhibit - photo by Patrick Rosenkranz

Chapter 30 - Crumb Genesis exhibit - photo by Patrick Rosenkranz

Of course I was totally blown away by his superb draftsmanship and mastery of human anatomy, animals, landscapes, and architecture. I bought and read the book when it came out, but that crisp black ink on white art boards looked so much more precise than their reproduction onto printed pages. Even the crosshatching and shadowing was revealed in all its convoluted entirety. On the other hand I was a little disappointed that he didn't give Genesis the down and dirty Crumb treatment we've come to expect and love, but I'm consoled by some of the other drawings he's released here and there showing what he might have done, like this Adam and Eve strip that appeared in the Crumb Handbook.

The Fatal Moment! - R. Crumb

The exhibit is up until September 19th.

– Patrick Rosenkranz

R. Crumb Genesis exhibit - photo by Patrick Rosenkranz

[More photos after the jump – Ed.]

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Now in stock: The Book of Mr. Natural (Hardcover Ed.) by Robert Crumb
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbnew releases 9 Jun 2010 4:15 PM

Just arrived in our warehouse and ready to ship:

The Book of Mr. Natural - Robert Crumb

The Book of Mr. Natural (Hardcover Ed.)
by Robert Crumb

128-page black & white 8.25" x 10.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-352-1

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This collection features over 120 pages of vintage Crumb comics starring the white-bearded, diminutive sage-cum-charlatan, ranging from charming, free-wheeling early '70s stories to the disturbing, controversial '90s stories (as seen in the Crumb movie), including the entire 40-page "Mr. Natural and Devil Girl" saga from Hup! (collected here for the first time in book form). Crumb's Mr. Natural is probably the most famous underground character of all (topping even Fritz the Cat and the Freak Brothers), recognizable even to "civilians." Don't miss this opportunity to snatch up this jam-packed collection of comics from one of the all-time masters, now available in hardcover for the very first time!

Download an EXCLUSIVE 11-page PDF excerpt (958 KB).

The Book of Mr. Natural (Hardcover Ed.) by Robert Crumb - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRobert Crumbpreviewsnew releases 3 May 2010 7:47 AM

The Book of Mr. Natural - Robert Crumb

The Book of Mr. Natural (Hardcover Ed.)
by Robert Crumb

128-page black & white 8.25" x 10.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-352-1

Ships in: June 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

This collection features over 120 pages of vintage Crumb comics starring the white-bearded, diminutive sage-cum-charlatan, ranging from charming, free-wheeling early '70s stories to the disturbing, controversial '90s stories (as seen in the Crumb movie), including the entire 40-page "Mr. Natural and Devil Girl" saga from Hup! (collected here for the first time in book form). Crumb's Mr. Natural is probably the most famous underground character of all (topping even Fritz the Cat and the Freak Brothers), recognizable even to "civilians." Don't miss this opportunity to snatch up this jam-packed collection of comics from one of the all-time masters, now available in hardcover for the very first time!

Download an EXCLUSIVE 11-page PDF excerpt (958 KB).

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R. Crumb wallets
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbfashion 19 Mar 2010 4:33 PM

R. Crumb Porter wallet design

My original title for this post was "R. Crumb FUCKs Wallets." Maybe I should've stuck with that.

It's probably a sign that I'm too cynical that my reaction to this was mild surprise that it's an authorized design (licensed by Supreme for Porter, or something like that) rather than a ripoff, which would have been pretty easy to do.

See more images & products at SLAMXHYPE (via Alan David Doane). No word on where to buy these. Japan maybe?

UPDATE: Our super-sleuth in residence Janice Headley comments:

no! in new york!
http://www.supremenewyork.com/

Mineshaft #25 coming soon
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Sophie CrumbSimon DeitchRobert CrumbPeter BaggePat MoriarityMineshaftKim Deitch 12 Mar 2010 1:28 PM

Mineshaft 25 - cover by Sophie Crumb

We're no longer distributing Mineshaft, but we're happy to report that the essential underground comix zine is still going strong and the new 25th issue, with a cover by Sophie Crumb and featuring Peter Bagge, R. Crumb, Kim Deitch's review of papa Crumb's Genesis, Pat Moriarity and much more (see above), is at the printer and will be available from the publisher soon! If you order or subscribe now you can get $1 off select back issues — whatta deal!

Gary Groth's biography of Norman Pettingill
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalRobert CrumbNorman PettingillJohnny RyanGary Groth 9 Mar 2010 3:25 PM

Back Woods Hospital - Norman Pettingill

On The Comics Journal website, Gary Groth writes:

"In June, Fantagraphics Books will publish a collection of Norman Pettingill’s work. Comic fans may remember that Robert Crumb published some of Pettingill’s cartoon drawings in Weirdo in the mid-’80s. The idea of publishing an entire book collecting Pettingill’s work was first broached to me by Johnny Ryan, a Pettingill fan (and the cartoonist behind Angry Youth Comics and Prison Pit), a few years ago. The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is the repository for most of Pettingill’s work, and agreed to help us put together a book. Johnny wrote a brief appreciation; R. Crumb loved Pettingill’s work and wrote a brief introduction. But, so little is known about Pettingill himself that I felt the book required a short biography of the man — so I wrote one."

Read the rest of Gary's intro, and the biography itself, starting here.

Last Week for Peek at Gahan Wilson’s Amazing Art Show at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under sales specialsRobert CrumbGahan WilsonFantagraphics Bookstore 3 Mar 2010 10:50 AM

Gahan Wilson at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Jan. 13, 2010

Residents of the Northwest will want to visit Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery before next Wednesday, March 10 for a final look at Gahan Wilson's art exhibition. A half-dozen exquisite original paintings are complemented by 10 delightful new prints from the master of the macabre.

As an incentive, Fantagraphics is offering a bookstore-only discount on both the normal and special editions of the 3-volume, embossed slipcase set GAHAN WILSON: 50 YEARS OF PLAYBOY CARTOONS. Through the end of the show, the normal edition is $25 off and the special edition is $50 off cover price! And while supplies last, each purchase will include a signed silkscreen Gahan Wilson print.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of the Georgetown arts community, only minutes south of downtown Seattle. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00. Phone 206.658.0110. See you all soon.

(Ed. note: Above, Gahan Wilson makes the acquaintance of Michael Leavitt's action-figure sculpture of R. Crumb. Have a look at this and more recently-posted photos of the exhibit opening from Flickr user and friend of Fantagraphics Bookstore Jo David.)

Joost Swarte & Robert Crumb read Genesis
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert CrumbJoost Swarte 22 Feb 2010 2:52 PM

Swarte & Crumb read Genesis

What we have here is an illustration by Joost Swarte depicting himself and Robert Crumb in Crumb's workroom paging through Crumb's Genesis, with a little help from a certain bearded, white-robed fellow. It was produced by (I think) Griffioen Grafiek as a limited-edition giclee print and can be ordered online from Pinceel out of Belgium. Spotted by our own Jason T. Miles.

Photos: Gahan Wilson & Michael Leavitt at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert CrumbGahan WilsonFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 15 Feb 2010 10:17 AM

Saturday night was hopping at our flagship store in Seattle as fans turned out in droves to see Gahan Wilson with his exhibit & book of Playboy cartoon art and Michael Leavitt with his sculpture of R. Crumb. Below, a few select photos; for many more, including closeups of the original art, head to our Flickr set.

Gahan Wilson at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Jan. 13, 2010

Gahan Wilson at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Jan. 13, 2010

Gahan Wilson at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Jan. 13, 2010

Gahan Wilson at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Jan. 13, 2010

Gahan Wilson at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Jan. 13, 2010

Lettering in Spanish
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Robert CrumbPeter BaggeJohnny RyanJoe SaccoGilbert SheltonDaniel Clowes 15 Feb 2010 6:47 AM

One of my favorite books I've received lately is this handsome, considered little tome from Spain's Blur Ediciones, Rotulando in Spanish • Lettering en Español, collecting something that on the face of it might sound a bit loopy: lettering by the cartoonist Nono Kadáver created for the Spanish editions of work by American greats R. Crumb, Daniel Clowes, Joe Sacco, Johnny Ryan, Peter Bagge and Gilbert Shelton.

Nono worked throughout most of the 1990s at Barcelona's Ediciones La Cúpula, one of Spain's leading comics publishers, and was one of the last of an era when book production was done largely by hand, not computers. Nowadays, most publishers get fonts created for an artist, but thru the 1990s, Nono spent many of his days mimic-ing the lettering styles of Bagge, Crumb, etc. the old fashioned way, with a pen and paper (and maybe a lightbox). He was a real master at trying to maintain the integrity of the original artwork, putting his ego aside in an effort to seamlessly blend the Spanish text into the artist's page compositions as unnoticeably as possible. Kind of like the old saw that the best movie soundtrack is the one you don't notice, Nono's work could probably make you forget that Daniel Clowes wasn't Spanish when you're reading Bola Ocho.

  

  

  

I am a lettering nerd and it makes me a bit sad that hand-lettering like this is becoming a dying craft, because it can make or break a translated foreign book and typeset fonts are rarely as effective. Kadáver likens his work to a forger in the excellent introductory text:

"I feel a great admiration and respect for counterfeiters... I think that even falsifying, we leave our mark... What you have to do is forget your personal style and adapt to the artist's. This is accomplished by reading a lot, dissecting his work, and learning from it; in the end the only thing that matters is as close a possible resemblance to the author's style." 

 UPDATE: Here's a direct link for ordering. 


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