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.
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