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My Troubles with Women Paperback – June 28, 2003
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'My Troubles With Women' documents Crumbs sexual 'proclivities' from a young lad riding women's legs, high school crushes on Amazonian girls that other boys called 'fat', to comic groupies that Crumb lives out all his thick thighs/bubble butt fantasies with. It's all terribly interesting stuff.
The only low point in this collection is the inclusion of comics that were collaboration with his wife. His wife's forte is not comics, maybe she is an artist, but this is not her medium. Her drawings are flat and uninspired when compared to Crumb's style. Plus the dialog is ham handed and boring. It was a real chore trying to slog through these pages. I guess the "...troubles with Women" include the wife, but the husband and wife stuff seems out of place in this collection.
My Troubles with Women is a collection that especially speaks to the first passion. Crumb fans know he's attracted to large, firm women, that he has what might be described as a foot and leg fetish (as a child he would latch himself onto the legs of his mother's friends), and an incredibly creative fantasy life that involves sexual attraction to such extravagances as vulture-women. (The interview in D.K. Holm's R. Crumb: Conversations entitled "Creme de la Crumb," pp. 141-57, is especially instructive.) But fans also know that Crumb's autobiographical art, while honestly portraying sexual fantasies, poke fun at the artist.
So in "If I Were King," Crumb goes on a fantasy spree, imagining all the women he could have as a powerful monarch--but the monarch is still nerdy, hollow-chested, creepy Crumb. In "Dirty Laundry Comics," he pokes fun at his aging body and its never-ceasing desire for sex, and also worries about the effects his comics will have on his daughter. In "Memories Are made of This" and "Footsey," Crumb recalls youthful bittersweet sexcapades: his sexual frustrations in high school, his rather predatory dating routines as a young man. And in the eponymous "My Troubles with Women," Crumb recounts more sexual adventures, but also highlights a period of impotence in his mid-30s.Read more ›
Throughout "My Troubles With Women" you will find Crumb leering at and interacting with his ideal woman which is "built like a brick (out)house." Crumb is literally obsessed with women who have thick thighs and big derrieres. Additionally, there are some pornographic pictures, though I wouldn't really describe the book as a book of pornography.
Three of the ten comics are combined efforts between Crumb and his wife, Aline. I didn't like these three as much because I don't like the style of his wife's art and it is more about family and marriage situations which weren't as interesting to me. My favorite comic had to be "Footsy" which I found hilarious and nostalgic. "Footsy" delves into some situations where Crumb got a big thrill from playing footsy in school and later playing footsy in meetings for an underground comic book. Darker depredations are explored midway through the book as Crumb finds that women are attracted to him as an artist and underground figure.
The book was definitely an entertaining read; I chuckled and laughed out loud many times. I would have liked it better if the publisher added page numbers and if all the comics were exclusively Crumb's sole work - if the latter were fulfilled I probably would have given it five stars.
This collection is perhaps his best: his humor, his ongoing anger at women, and his strange (and ultimately supremely satisfied) tastes come through in a way no one else could do it. The first story is the best, long on autobiography and utterly hilarious. From an inhibited and unpopular boy, stardom in the underground comic revolution catapulted Crumb into the rank of superstar counter cultural artists. I believe that he deserves his fame, as his vision is dark and unique and perfectly realized in his work. SO with this fame, he goes about experimenting on the women who now fawn on him, after rejecting him. He loves them and despises them and mistreats them, all while realizing the emptiness of his game. The following stories really don't tell us anything new, but they are still awfully funny and outstandingly worth the read.
There are also the comics done in cooperation with his wife, which simply lack the tightness of his writing in the solo pieces. Her drawing style is seriously inferior to his, but there is no question that they share a vision and that this is a new departure in his work, more realistic but also satirical - it covers married life that is strange and "cute as a bug's ear". It is funny and playful, if not quite a 5-star performance.Read more ›
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I thought it was a clever comic book, but it is a lot more--I think it is actually modern literaturePublished 24 months ago by PAUL R HOWES
This is a fun book for R. Crumb fans. Not a overall view of his work and most of this can be found in some of his other collections. Read morePublished on March 16, 2008 by F. A. Schmidt
I think it is useful to have seen the documentary "Crumb", to enjoy his work. He is an amazingly confessional artist who has turned his own obsessions and fantasies into a an... Read morePublished on August 2, 2006 by Bob the norske
Crumb, as I got to know through the fantastic documentary of his life, is one messed up dude. His book, a collection of his relationship cartoons, is often quite funny and a... Read morePublished on March 17, 2003
Every man that just was the'sensitive intelligent boy' for women and had seen them then in love with the worst morons will recognize the given situations.Published on February 10, 2001