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Category >> Robert Crumb

New Comics Day 10.16.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Robert CrumbNew Comics DayJim WoodringJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezCarl Barks 15 Oct 2013 3:55 PM

This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.

Fran 
Fran
 

by Jim Woodring

104-page black & white 7.25" x 9.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-661-4

"a simultaneous prequel *and* sequel to Jim Woodring's excellent Congress of the Animals from 2011, a book which seemed to shatter the cyclical exploits of the artist's "Frank" universe so as to provide an ending of sorts, though surely you want to know more about that nice friend Frank shacked himself up with for the denouement" –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal  

Love and Rockets
Love and Rockets: New Stories #6

by Gilbert & Jaime Hernandez

100-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $14.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-679-9

"In the 30 years they've been writing and drawing Love and Rockets, Los Bros Hernandez have created wonderfully complex story lines and characters... This web of superior magical-realistic storytelling involves readers in the perplexed yearnings of a huge cast of unforgettable characters unaware of their own capacity for general self-delusion and occasional self-discovery." –Publishers Weekly

"There are acclaimed filmmakers and novelists who can't do what Jaime Hernandez does - or Gilbert, for that matter. When the two of them are at their most inspired, as they are here, they make almost every other comics creator today look like a fumbling hack. [Grade] A" –The A.V. Club

Xmas on Bear Mountain
Walt Disney's Donald Duck: Christmas on Bear Mountain

by Carl Barks

216-page color 7.5" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-697-3

"One of comics revered masters gets a fresh new reprinting worthy of his work and accessible to kids.... This volume finds [Barks] at a creative peak, combining the bold adventuring of Tintin with the wisely cynical view of human weakness of John Stanley.... Despite the dark undertones, the comic expressions and dialogue is still laugh-out-loud funny. A wonderful project that should put Barks's name in front of new generations of admirers." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

The Complete Crumb Vol. 17
The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 17: Cave Wimp (New Printing)
by Robert Crumb

136-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-684-3

"The Complete Crumb series is especially useful in reminding us that Crumb has continued to evolve through the sixties. His more recent work is quieter and more literary... The most recent installment, collecting material originally published in Weirdo magazine, contains some of Crumb's best work." The National Post











The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 8 by Robert Crumb - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbpreviewsnew releases 10 Oct 2013 12:47 PM

"So you probably wanna know something about the artistic development of Crumb during this period… Well, the early ’70s was a bleak period in general… The grim end of the fabulous ’60s and for Robert the big bringdown ‘hangover’ of his first brush with fame, plus dealing with his chaotic messed-up personal life. He was confused, distracted, bitter, and generally in a foul mood. He killed ‘Fritz the Cat’ after the Ralph Bakshi cartoon debacle. He also did a lot of weird visual experimentation, like all those cubist eyeballs ‘n’ stuff, and he wrote some classic long stories like ‘Whiteman Meets Bigfoot.’ I think he did his first long, truly autobiographical story — ‘The Confessions of R. Crumb’ — around this time. That whiny, self-deprecating attitude was encouraged and inspired by me and Terry Zwigoff (two totally self-loathing Jews). For those of you who hate that aspect of Crumb and prefer the more cosmic stuff, or the historical stuff, or the real sicko stuff… you can blame it on me! I encouraged that ‘white boy’ to kvetch on paper." – from the Introduction by Aline Kominsky-Crumb

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 8: The Death of Fritz the Cat (New Printing) 
by Robert Crumb

144-page black & white/color 8.5” x 11” softcover • $19.99
978-1-56097-076-7

Available now! Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/completecrumb8

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Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRobert Crumbpreviewsnew releases 9 Oct 2013 2:51 PM

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 8: The Death of Fritz the Cat
by Robert Crumb

144-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
978-1-56097-076-7

New Printing Now in Stock — Order Now!

Volume 8 of the collected works of underground comix legend Robert Crumb brings the series up to 1972. This was an era when fame and fortune were weighing heavily on Crumb, and his reactions to his celebrity produced some of his best and most fascinating strips! This volume includes several classic works, including the solo titles Home Grown (which includes the infamous 22-page sex story "Whiteman Meets Bigfoot"); Big Ass Comics #2 (which includes the controversial "Anal Antics" and "And Now a Word to All You Feminist Women" — not politically correct); Mr. Natural #2 (featuring the continuing adventures of one of Crumb's best-loved characters); and finally Crumb's scathing reaction to the Bakshi/Krantz Fritz the Cat movie and fame in general, People's Comics. This masterpiece includes "The Confessions of R. Crumb," "The R. Crumb $uck$e$$ Story," and "Fritz the Cat, 'Superstar'", wherein Fritz, now a burned-out, overstimulated, callous celebrity, gets his final, fatal comeuppance in the form of an ice pick (long before Fatal Attraction)! Add into the volume the usual slew of Crumb rarities — from The Whole Earth Catalog, Thrilling Murder, Bijou, Surfer Magazine, and Nostalgia Press — as well as another extensive color section, and an introduction by Crumb's missus, Aline Kominsky-Crumb — and you've got a collection that any Crumb fan must have. This volume contains material that sets the tone for the rest of Crumb's career — the retreat from the hurly-burly modern world, the ruralism, the nostalgia, the introspection... and let's not forget the wild weird Crumb sexuality! A must!

1993 Harvey Award Winner, Best Domestic Reprint Project

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The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 8 by Robert Crumb - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbnew releases 8 Oct 2013 4:23 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

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The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 8: The Death of Fritz the Cat
by Robert Crumb

144-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
978-1-56097-076-7

Previews TK / Order Now!

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 8: The Death of Fritz the Cat continues the multi-volume series comprising the complete works of the legendary cartoonist R. Crumb, one of America's most original, trenchant, and uncompromising satirists. The series includes the earliest, heretofore unpublished comic strips, as well as his underground comix, dramatic and autobiographical strips, and his classic cartoon creations Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural. This volume features work from 1971 and 1972.

"So you probably wanna know something about the artistic development of Crumb during this period... Well, the early '70s was a bleak period in general... The grim end of the fabulous '60s and for Robert the big bringdown 'hangover' of his first brush with fame, plus dealing with his chaotic messed-up personal life. He was confused, distracted, bitter, and generally in a foul mood. He killed 'Fritz the Cat' after the Ralph Bakshi cartoon debacle. He also did a lot of weird visual experimentation, like all those cubist eyeballs 'n' stuff, and he wrote some classic long stories like 'Whiteman Meets Bigfoot.' I think he did his first long, truly autobiographical story -- 'The Confessions of R. Crumb' -- around this time. That whiny, self-deprecating attitude was encouraged and inspired by me and Terry Zwigoff (two totally self-loathing Jews). For those of you who hate that aspect of Crumb and prefer the more cosmic stuff, or the historical stuff, or the real sicko stuff... you can blame it on me! I encouraged that 'white boy' to kvetch on paper." – from the Introduction by Aline Kominsky-Crumb

1993 Harvey Award Winner, Best Domestic Reprint Project

The Complete Crumb Comics Vols. 6 & 17 by Robert Crumb - Now in Stock
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbnew releases 2 Oct 2013 2:47 PM

Just arrived and shipping now from our mail-order department:

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 6: On the Crest of a Wave

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 6: On the Crest of a Wave (New Printing)
by Robert Crumb

156-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
978-1-60699-683-6

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Robert Crumb enters the '70s with this, the sixth volume in Fantagraphics Books' all-inclusive reprint series. This includes a couple of genuine rarities (some of them so obscure they didn't even make the Crumb Checklist), as well as all of Crumb's work from Big Ass #1, Zap #4 (including the legendary, much-busted, X-rated "Joe Blow" teen incest strip), the remarkably offensive Snatch #3 and Jiz #1, the classic Despair, and the second issue of Motor City — classics all. The volume also includes a 16-page color section (with rare covers from the first three Gothic Blimp Works), a sumptuous cover by Crumb, and an insightful intro by the Man himself (no, not Stan Lee). Absolutely indispensible, and now back in print!

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 17: Cave Wimp

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 17: Cave Wimp (New Printing) 
by Robert Crumb

136-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-684-3

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The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 17 continues the multi-volume, chronological series comprising the complete works of the legendary cartoonist R. Crumb, one of America's most original, trenchant, and uncompromising artists. This volume explores the years 1988-1992, including his contributions to issues 22-27 of the infamous underground comix anthology, Weirdo, which was founded by Crumb and featured such classics as "Memories Are Made of This" and "I'm Grateful! I'm Grateful!" Also included is the historic "Cave Wimp" from Zap #12 (as featured on this volume's cover), "The Ol' Outsider Goes to the Academy Awards" (created for Premiere magazine), the scarce Vues de Sauve portfolio of landscape drawings made in the artist's village in southern France, and 24 pages in full color.

Including the entirety of Crumb's published oeuvre, as well as unpublished comics and illustrations, the multiple Harvey and Eisner Award-winning Complete Crumb Comics series is an invaluable addition to any cartooning library.



The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 17 by Robert Crumb - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbpreviewsnew releases 18 Sep 2013 2:20 PM

"The Complete Crumb series is especially useful in reminding us that Crumb has continued to evolve through the sixties. His more recent work is quieter and more literary... The most recent installment, collecting material originally published in Weirdo magazine, contains some of Crumb's best work." – The National Post

"The Complete Crumb Comics is an indispensable and beautifully executed effort." – L.A. Weekly

"This collection is a fascinating insight into one of the most talented and intriguing cartoonists to have graced us with his art. The entire series is highly recommended." – Library Journal

"This volume contains what, in my humble opinion, are two of the best conceived, most complex stories I ever drew: 'Cave Wimp' and the last 'Mode O'Day,' Composing plotlines for stories was never one of my strong points. I always preferred to more or less make it up as I went along and let it resolve itself at the end. These two stories are more tightly plotted and 'layered' than I had been capable of before (or possibly since.). There's a reason why this happened at that particular time, why I suddenly acquired this higher level of story-telling skill. It was not something I intentionally set out to do. I was pushed into it by circumstances that I allowed to carry me along, as usual." – R. Crumb, from the introduction to this volume

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 17: Cave Wimp
by Robert Crumb

136-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-684-3

New 2013 printing! Due to arrive in about 2-4 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/completecrumb17

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Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRobert Crumbpreviewsnew releases 17 Sep 2013 7:04 PM

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 17: Cave Wimp
by Robert Crumb

136-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-684-3

New 2013 printing! Ships in Ocbober 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

The 17th volume of the comprehensive and multiple award-winning Complete Crumb Comics series — nominated for both 2003 Harvey and Eisner Awards — completes the 1980s and leads into the 1990s. This was a creatively fertile period for Crumb, who had given up the editorial reins of his own legendary Weirdo magazine, allowing him to get back to the proverbial drawing board. Included are Crumb's contributions to Weirdo from this period, as well as work from Whole Earth Review, Zap Comix, Premiere magazine, as well as many other rare gems. Featured are classics including "Cave Wimp" — the story of the first nerd — and "A Short History of America," amongst other Crumb classics. This volume, as with all volumes, includes a new introduction by Crumb as well as a new cover. The Complete Crumb series leaves no stone unturned, publishing everything from Crumb's most well-known comics to little-seen commercial art and rarely-if-ever seen treasures from private collections and the artist's archives.

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The Complete Crumb Vol. 17 cover 

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 6 by Robert Crumb - Photoset Preview
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbpreviewsnew releases 16 Sep 2013 5:48 PM

"Fantagraphics' Crumb project advances into wilder, woolier, scarier, more fantastic, and lewder and still lewder territory... This is definitely X-rated material — make that triple-X! — but it's brilliant, scabrously hilarious, absolutely basic to understanding the 1960s American counterculture, and authentically mind-blowing." – Booklist

"I guess I ought to be talking about my artwork in these introductions, but how th' hell can I talk about my own work?? What can I say about it? My pissant little fame had made my life so completely crazy by this time. Circa 1970 was such a weird time anyway...  I'd rather brag about all the fun times I had with different women, kvetch about the craziness they put me through." – from the Introduction by R. Crumb

1991 Harvey Award Winner, Best Domestic Reprint Project

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 6: On the Crest of a Wave (New Printing)
by Robert Crumb

156-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
978-1-60699-683-6

Due to arrive in about 1-3 weeks. Click the thumbnails for larger versions; get more info, see more previews and pre-order your copy here:

http://www.fantagraphics.com/completecrumb6

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Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRobert Crumbpreviewsnew releases 13 Sep 2013 5:36 PM

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 6: On the Crest of a Wave (New Printing)
by Robert Crumb

156-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
978-1-60699-683-6

Ships in: September 2013 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

Robert Crumb enters the '70s with this, the sixth volume in Fantagraphics Books' all-inclusive reprint series. This includes a couple of genuine rarities (some of them so obscure they didn't even make the Crumb Checklist), as well as all of Crumb's work from Big Ass #1, Zap #4 (including the legendary, much-busted, X-rated "Joe Blow" teen incest strip), the remarkably offensive Snatch #3 and Jiz #1, the classic Despair, and the second issue of Motor City — classics all. The volume also includes a 16-page color section (with rare covers from the first three Gothic Blimp Works), a sumptuous cover by Crumb, and an insightful intro by the Man himself (no, not Stan Lee). Absolutely indispensible, and now back in print!

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1991 Harvey Award Winner, Best Domestic Reprint Project

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 6

Sub Pop Zine Scene at Fantagraphics Bookstore
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under rockRobert CrumbPeter BaggeGary PanterFantagraphics historyFantagraphics BookstoreeventsDanny BlandCharles Burns 5 Jul 2013 12:43 PM

The evolution of the Sub Pop empire will be examined at Fantagraphics Bookstore in SODA POP: Super Sugar Big Buzz opening Saturday, July 13. These hand made publications serve as exquisite time capsules of early 80s indie culture. I recall sessions at Rosco Louie gallery with Bruce Pavitt and Russ Battaglia in 1981 individually coloring issues of Sub Pop #3 with crayons. The only directive I remember was "Don't stay inside the lines." Covers and random interior pages were scribbled with infantile abandon. Multiple examples of these early Sub Pop zines (with a quaint 80¢ cover price) will be on display.

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In 1983 Pavitt migrated north from Olympia to Seattle, enabling him to interact with a larger cultural community. He soon found a home for Sub Pop as a regular feature in The Rocket, where he joined an extended family of talented writers, artists, cartoonists, and graphic designers that would play an important role in the future development of the Sub Pop aesthetic. The second installment of the column in May 1983 featured an early appearance of what would become Sub Pop's signature logo, designed by future Fantagraphics art director Dale Yarger. The Rocket regularly ran comix and illustrations by Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Matt Groening, Gary Panter, Robert Crumb, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, and Peter Bagge, among others. Several examples of these important columns will be featured in the SODA POP exhibition, along with art and artifacts by Barry, Burns, Bagge, Daniel Clowes, Charles Peterson, Jim Woodring, and more.

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At 1:00 PM on July 13, I'll moderate a panel discussion, Pop Goes Seattle, with Pavitt, Bagge, Peterson and Danny Bland on the formative period of the Sub Pop phenomenon. This informal but informative talk will be followed by a short reading by Danny Bland and Greg Dulli of Afghan Whigs from Bland's debut novel, In Case We Die, set in grunge-era Seattle. Patrons at the reading will be the first in the country with the opportunity to acquire this essential book. Russ Battaglia will spin period platters following the reading. Then the real fun begins. Free concerts by Mudhoney, Built to Spill, Chad VanGaalen, J Mascis, Tom Price Desert Classic, and countless others right outside the bookstore. Don't miss a minute. Arrive early. Stay late. Buy comix!

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