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The Comics Journal Library: R. Crumb (Vol. 3) (The Comics Journal) Paperback – April 17, 2004

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Product Details

  • Series: The Comics Journal
  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics (April 17, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560975644
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560975649
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 12 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,445,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Robert Crumb is best known as the father of underground comics and a leading chronicler of the hippie scene, but he has progressed far beyond his sixties-based fame. His work now appears in the New Yorker and other upscale publications--a far cry from the cheaply printed, hand-stapled comic books he once hawked on the streets of San Francisco. New collections of interviews with Crumb limn a complex artist even more provocative than the eccentric outsider seen in the acclaimed documentary film Crumb.

Opting for depth rather than breadth, Fantagraphics, publisher of an ongoing Complete Crumb, issues a coffee-table collection of five substantive interviews from the pages of Comics Journal, the field's foremost critical resource. Conducted between 1984 and 1995, they reflect the mature Crumb, including discussion of his sexual promiscuity and masturbation habits. The highlight among the five, and likely to remain the definitive Crumb interview, is a lengthy, career-spanning 1988 discussion with Journal editor Gary Groth. Befitting their provenance, these conversations' primary concern is Crumb's work, though they don't stint on his iconoclastic views and personal quirks and, in fact, convincingly show how the work and the quirks inextricably intertwine. Including copious helpings of Crumb's drawings--a color section displays full-page illustrations--the volume showcases Crumb's art as well as his life.

Gordon Flagg
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I wish there was a similar source of news and criticism about music....All media should be so lucky [as comics]. -- Dave Marsh, music critic

R. Crumb is an original. He's a great cartoonist, and that, in my book, deserves great respect. -- Jim Jarmusch

[R. Crumb is] the Brueghel of the twentieth century. -- Robert Hughes, art critic

More About the Author

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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Avocadess on November 7, 2008
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I don't understand why someone would give this book only 2 stars just because it was not full of artwork. That is a matter to research and know before purchasing, to be sure, but the content never pretended to be a compendium of his artwork. It IS however a compendium of the interviews with R. Crumb that have appeared in The Comics Journal over a number of years, and I find the artist of have a fascinating mind as well as a fascinating pen. This is a thoroughly satisfying read -- with a little bit of artwork on the side -- and a major pleasure for any R. Crumb fan. I'm a "big gurl" who is also a comics fan who does NOT think of Crumb as a male chauvinist pig but a brilliant man with something to say very MUCH worth listening to!

P.S. If you do want this book, purchase this while you can get it for such a low price. It's a steal at the used prices I'm seeing here today at less than $9.
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2 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ravanagh Allan on August 12, 2007
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Interviews are all very well, but if you're looking for Crumbs comic art, try something else. I recommend 'America', 'Draws the blues', 'Troubles with Women', there are probably others (the 'Handbook' was mostly interviews, too, though).
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