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Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist (Slipcased, signed and numbered limited edition) Hardcover – December 6, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; Slipcased, signed and numbered limited edition edition (December 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393080145
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393080148
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 0.2 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,801,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sophie Crumb has collaborated with her parents on Dirty Laundry Comics and has produced her own series, Bellybutton Comix. A practicing tattoo artist, she lives in the south of France with her husband and baby boy, Eli.

Aline Crumb is an American underground comics artist and the author of Need More Love: A Graphic Memoir. She lives in southern France.

Born in Philadelphia, R. Crumb is the author of numerous comic works and one of the pioneers of underground comics. His books include Kafka, The Complete Crumb Comics (17 volumes), The R. Crumb Sketchbook (10 volumes), R. Crumb Draws the Blues, The Book of Mr. Natural, The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, and many more. He lives in the south of France with his wife, the artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb.

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It's art about artifice, and art about artists as well.
Yamina Greenberg
We see here not artwork as much as a glance into the life of a young American girl trying to be someone and something (perhaps, at times) that's she not.
Mathew Klickstein
That's both touching and creepy, as though a loving father trapped his daughter inside his immense shadow.
Jean E. Pouliot

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jean E. Pouliot on February 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Sophie Crumb is the daughter of legendary comic artists R. Crumb and his wife Aline. This book is a compendium of drawings made by Aline in her first 30 years of life, from infancy to adulthood. Sophie herself seems to have had little to do with the project, which is a Mom and Pop paean to their offspring's talent. But talented she is - in the same way that her father was. And that's a mixed blessing. Crumb-lovers will be fascinated to see how much Sophie's art mirrors her father's -- similar prodigious output and focus on life's underbelly. As a matter of fact, Sophie's art is SO MUCH like her Dad's that she had to have been heavily influenced by him. You can imagine a young Sophie poring through her father's art, entering its labyrinthine maze of half-mad scatological musings and being thoroughly imprinted on them. That's both touching and creepy, as though a loving father trapped his daughter inside his immense shadow.

Having spent years in France, much of Sophie's art is labeled in untranslated French, which is no help to non-French-speaking readers. There's also much that is sad about the art. Sophie's talent is raw and robust, but also unfocused. She spends a great deal of time, like Robert, extruding her inner self onto paper. But while that might have been refreshing in her Dad's day, it has a "been there, done that" quality today.

Sophie, if the book can be believed , has put down her pen and ink to focus on motherhood. If that is a permanent move, then it is the ultimate sadness about "Evolution of a Crazy Artist" -- the epitaph of a talent that had no place to express itself other than to mime the work of her mentor. But it is a relief as well, as Sophie may finally have the chance to find her own voice.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mathew Klickstein on December 19, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Sure. This would not exist or at least would not be published if Sophie didn't enjoy the surname of Crumb. Duh. We know this. Her mom knows this (and makes some reference to it in her foreword). And Sophie herself probably knows this. However, there's no doubt that this is a most unique exegesis on the development of an artist (crazy? what does that mean?). If it weren't for the fact that Sophie's parents happen to be an underground comics/modern art icon and his wife, they might not have had the foresight or pride to start archiving their daughter's work at her ripe age of two and keep her work until today (the last piece is from March 2010, and somehow the copyright of the book is 2011 despite its publication in 2010).

I was born only nine days before Sophie and have been interested in her development since seeing her in CRUMB and CONFESSIONS OF ROBERT CRUMB some years back. I'm not a fan of comics at all and am much more interested in her father's writings and attitude than I am in his comics. His artwork is clearly perfection, and all along, I've wondered about his daughter (a girl, no less!) and how she would develop as a person and as an artist...

And here we are! She gives it all to us.

What I see here is not a glorification or exploitation of the scion of a cultural legend, but rather the opportunity to see an "average" female artist growing up through the same period as I. There have been numerous diaries, blogs, and notebook art books published over the years, and all of them have fallen short of showing us the whole picture. Well, here it is. Sophie (and her parents) generously give us what we've been waiting for.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By reading guy on January 2, 2011
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I was very skeptical about this book and in fact had a negative impression after browsing it in a bookstore because the early drawings when Sophie is under age 10 seem gratuituos and egocentric; and they aren't memorable. But, being a Crumb fan I bought the deluxe editon because where else could I get an edition signed by the whole family. I'm glad I did. The print that is included is a real piece of art; more of a painting than a sketch, and is signed. The book is signed by Aline, Robert and Sophie and is in a heavy slipcase. The edition I got is 125 out of 250. Having now more time to browse the art work, I'm very glad with this purchase. Yes, I admit there are many wonderful artists who deserve a book but don't get one and of course Sophie has a book because her dear old Dad undoubtedly twisted the arms of his publishers (perhaps adding a clause in his contract with Norton for Genesis that they must issue a book for his daughter?) This fact that Sophie can't make it on her own without her Dad's massive publicity blitz is certainly diquieting - but putting all that aside, I really like the second half of this book where Sophie comes into her own. It is fun and inspiring and leads me to look forward to the years ahead....and I'm glad I can follow her "career" now from the beginning with an orignal piece of art from her, that which was in the delux edition.
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6 of 12 people found the following review helpful By B. Wolinsky on February 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
After reading this massive book of scribblings, the kind you'd see in a bored high school kid's notebook, I found myself asking the big question; why did the publishers go to the expense of printing and shipping a book of doodles? Then I realised the answer; she's the daughter of Robert Crumb!

Congratulations Sophie, on being Robert Crumb's daughter. You've succeeded in remaining in your father's shadow, and we all know you would never ruin your father's career by upstaging him.

I'm kidding. With competition from you, your father's career will be going strong for years.
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