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Category >> Robert Crumb

Things to See: B.B. King by R. Crumb
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeRobert Crumb 12 Apr 2011 11:03 PM

B.B. King - R. Crumb

R. Crumb illustration of B.B. King, 2001, newly produced as a limited-edition etching by Wildwood Serigraphs. Already sold out, but still a feast for the eyes.

Things to See: Drew Friedman's tribute to Crumb for Vanity Fair
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeRobert CrumbDrew Friedman 12 Apr 2011 8:17 PM

R. Crumb by Drew Friedman for Vanity Fair

Inspired by Robert Crumb's recent visit to New York City, Drew Friedman drew this portrait of Crumb in Times Square and wrote a brief appreciation of the man for Vanity Fair.

Now in stock: The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 15 by Robert Crumb (New Printing)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbnew releases 6 Apr 2011 6:59 AM

Just arrived in our warehouse and ready to ship:

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 15: Mode O'Day and Her Pals (New Softcover Printing) by Robert Crumb

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 15: Mode O'Day and Her Pals (New Softcover Printing)
by Robert Crumb

128-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-56097-413-0

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The definitive, comprehensive series reprinting the entirety of Crumb's published career enters the mid-1980s with this 15th volume, a period that many critics consider to be the richest of Crumb's career. Anchored by Crumb's contributions to the seminal anthology Weirdo, created and edited by Crumb, this volume includes the first several appearances of classic Crumb character Mode O' Day, the networking fashion plate that serves as a foil for some of Crumb's most biting satire about America's cultural "elite." Other Weirdo highlights include Crumb's fascinating adaptation of Dr. R. Von Krafft-Ebing's "Psychopathia Sexualis," and "Where Has it Gone, all the Beautiful Music of Our Grandparents?", two stories often-cited as being amongst Crumb's very best work. The Weirdo section wraps up with yet another classic, "The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick," which chronicles the last years of the highly-regarded science-fiction writer who experienced an intense vision of the apocalypse and believed that he was possessed by the spirit of Elijah. Also included are Crumb's first collaborations with the late writer Charles Bukowski, including the chapbook "Bring Me Your Love," as well as several collaborations with Harvey Pekar from his autobiographical series American Splendor. The book is rounded out with a color section that includes rare album art for various jazz and blues greats, as well reproductions of his various comic book covers from this period and an introduction by Peter Bagge. Crumb is the most revealing of all artists, and The Complete Crumb Comics leaves no stone unturned.

(Stay tuned for previews!)

Now in stock: The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 13 by Robert Crumb (New Printing)
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbnew releases 6 Apr 2011 6:59 AM

Just arrived in our warehouse and ready to ship:

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 13: The Season of the Snoid (New Softcover Printing) by Robert Crumb

The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 13: The Season of the Snoid (New Softcover Printing)
by Robert Crumb

128-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-56097-413-0

Order Now!

The Season of the Snoid: Found in this collection, spanning 1976-1980, are Crumb's classic "social and environmental" rants unleashed in Co-Evolution Quarterly and Winds of Change; the now-famous "A Short History of America"; more collaborations with Harvey Pekar in the gritty American Splendor; the quintissential "My Troubles with Women"; and most important of all, the very first "Snoid" comics! Additional must-have artwork includes a huge dose of rare full-color album cover art from Blue Goose, Red Goose and Yazoo. Even the most devoted Crumb fan will find surprises galore, including a very revealing and long introduction by Maxon Crumb.

(Stay tuned for previews!)

Robert Crumb on WFMU
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoRobert Crumbaudio 5 Apr 2011 10:31 PM

We didn't find out until too late, but Robert Crumb was a guest earlier this evening on WFMU's Antique Phonograph Music Program to spin some of his favorite 78s with host Michael Cumella. The good news is, you can stream the show from the playlist page here, where you can also see all 3 video interview clips (part 1 is embedded above). And there's a part two which airs next week, April 12 at 8 PM Eastern.

Daily OCD: 4/1/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Wilfred SantiagoSteve DitkoRobert CrumbLorenzo MattottiGary GrothDaily OCDBlake BellAnders Nilsen21 1 Apr 2011 5:13 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Robert Crumb (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Profile: At the ABC News website, the AP's Matt Moore talks to Robert Crumb during his recent visit to New York City for his Society of Illustrators exhibit opening: "'It was never intended for that purpose, so it's always odd to see it on a wall, or under glass; it was intended for printing and books. It wasn't made as a wall hanging piece,' Crumb said in an interview with The Associated Press. 'For me, the printed copy is the magic moment. When I see it in print — that was the whole purpose of it.'" (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

GGG

Interview: At Previews, a must-read chat with Gary Groth about our classic strip reprints: "The only criterion is that it’s great cartooning. We wouldn’t waste our time devoting this much time and energy to anything less. Our mission has been to publish the best cartooning — not only in comic strips, but in every 'branch' of the cartooning art — that we can."

21: The Story of Roberto Clemente

Interview: At Robot 6, Chris Mautner talks to Wilfred Santiago about 21: The Story of Roberto Clemente: "I was trying not to make it … biographies to me  have a static feel to them. I was trying to avoid [that] and I feel like cartooning helps you in expressing the story and what you’re trying to convey thtorugh the story. It was difficult too because I wanted it to be cartoony and realistic at the same time. I wanted it to be fun. What’s important was that it was exciting; that it could almost speak. That you could read the book in a very sort of sharp-paced way but you could also take the time and read through it at your leisure."

Anders Nilsen - self-portrait

Interview: Matthew Baker of Vanderbilt University's Nashville Review has an epic chat with Anders Nilsen: "Really I feel like comics is just the most useful category to drop me into. I don’t feel like I’m wedded to comics as a medium. I draw, and I usually sort of tell stories, but I do make standalone drawings and paintings, and I do make stuff that is probably closer to poetry than comics. I’ve made books before that aren’t really comics — just a series of pictures, or diagrams, or whatever."

Stigmata [Pre-Order - with Special Offer]

Review: "Stunning and evocative and rendered in a cacophony of swirling miasmic lines, this fearsome modern parable is a fierce interrogation of faith and destiny which asks uncompromising and uncomfortable questions about the price of Grace and the value of belief. [...] Emotive, shocking and utterly compelling, Stigmata is a grotesque and beautiful metaphysical rollercoaster with existential angst and blind faith gripping each other’s philosophical throats and squeezing really hard. No rational reader or mature comics fan can afford to miss this dark shining delight." – Win Wiacek, Now Read This!

Review: "This book beautifully captures the phantasmagoric flow of images that occurs in dreams. Mattotti's art is incredible. There are panels that are so intricate that I wonder how he had the time to draw so many of them. At 32 mostly wordless pages it's a very short book, but the imagery, like the panels of a child throwing a toy at a giant, or the panels showing a huge black bird carrying off a rabbit in a rainstorm, will stay with you long after you finish reading. If you like the intense, emotional, sometimes dreamlike artwork Mattotti did for Stigmata, you will love Chimera." – Jon Anderson, The Beguiling

 

[Editor/Marketeer's Note: You can get Chimera for half price when you order Stigmata!]

Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives Vol. 1

Plug: CBR's Comics Should Be Good presents Steve Ditko's earliest (by creation date) published story, with a nice shout-out to our Blake Bell Ditko books

Photos: Robert Crumb at Society of Illustrators exhibit opening
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert CrumbeventsDrew Friedman 28 Mar 2011 1:31 PM

Robert Crumb at Society of Illustrators NYC

Robert Crumb at Society of Illustrators NYC

Robert Crumb at Society of Illustrators NYC

Here are some great photos of Robert Crumb at the opening of R. Crumb: Lines Drawn On Paper at the Society of Illustrators in NYC last Friday (March 25). The top two are by Rob Sussman; the bottom one, with Bob in a saucy pose with SOI director Anelle Miller, is by Jordin Isip; all were provided by Drew Friedman (thanks Drew!).

UPDATE: More great pics by Edel Rodriguez here!

Half Price Book Bonanza at Fantagraphics Bookstore!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony Millionairesales specialsRobert CrumbPrince ValiantPopeyePeter BaggePeanutsMichael KuppermanKrazy KatJohnny RyanJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezFantagraphics BookstoreDaniel ClowesCharles Burns 18 Mar 2011 2:08 PM

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We recently received a pallet of marginally marred books from one of our distributors and we're offering them at 50% off cover price at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery. Popular titles by alternative comix giants like Peter Bagge, Charles Burns, Daniel Clowes, R. Crumb, Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez, Michael Kupperman, Tony Millionaire, and Johnny Ryan along with incredible classics like Peanuts, Popeye, Krazy Kat, and Prince Valiant. This huge variety of bargain books won't last long. Drop by the store and browse. We're open every day. Phone 206.658.0110. See you then. 

Daily OCD: 3/16/11
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim KreiderRobert CrumbreviewsPrince ValiantHal FosterFour Color FearDaily OCD 16 Mar 2011 4:07 PM

Today's Online Commentary & Diversions:

Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s [2nd Printing]

Review: "Fantagraphics' collection Four Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s, edited by Greg Sadowski, is a wonderfully creepy hurtle through the exuberant, cheerfully gross and icky horror comics that prevailed in the golden, pre-Comics-Code era. ...[T]he art is brilliant: indistinct piles of slimy viscera, purple-green zombies, skull-faced vampires and demons, Satan in a dozen guises, witches and occult symbols, creatures from the eleven hells of the darkest mythos of the human spirit." – Cory Doctorow, Boing Boing

Prince Valiant Vol. 3: 1941-1942

Review: "Considering how much I enjoyed the first four years, when Foster was still finding the strip’s voice, I wasn’t sure how much better Valiant could get. Turns out, Prince Valiant achieves sheer radiance. [...] In short, Prince Valiant is noble romantic adventure fiction at its finest. The plots are classical, yet surprising, with chivalry and fair play constantly at the forefront. Poetic and strikingly descriptive, the narrations could nearly stand alone, but fortunately are accompanied by some of the finest comics art ever produced. [...] Prince Valiant v. 3: 1941-1942 finds a legendary strip reaching yet greater heights of creative accomplishment, presenting the strips with the full majesty of size, color and detail that its author always hoped for. After Foster, comics were never the same; this series is, simply, a must-have for any serious comics library." – Michael C. Lorah, Newsarama

Twilight of the Assholes: Cartoons & Essays 2005-2009

Review: "Excoriating, withering humour and viciously necessary satire tellingly rendered and savage yet personable and winningly intimate reportage make [Twilight of the Assholes] one of the best cartoon coshes ever applied to the politics of this century." – Win Wiacek, Now Read This!

R. Crumb - Lines Drawn on Paper

Scene: Time Out New York previews the R. Crumb: Lines Drawn On Paper exhibit at the Society of Illustrators

R. Crumb retrospective exhibit poster available
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert Crumbmerch 13 Mar 2011 9:39 PM

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Hey Robert Crumb fans: even if you can't make it to the retrospective exhibit R. Crumb: Lines Drawn On Paper, which opens next week at the Society of Illustrators in NYC, you can still buy the exhibit poster from the Society's online shop.