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[image] From the mountains of Southern France where he currently lives and works, pop artist R. Crumb makes a grand entrance back to the publishing world with The R. Crumb Handbook. Part biography, part comic book, and part media critique, the latest Crumb book is a feast indeed. In addition to numerous reprints of Crumb comic hits like Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural, the b [image] From the mountains of Southern France where he currently lives and works, pop artist R. Crumb makes a grand entrance back to the publishing world with The R. Crumb Handbook. Part biography, part comic book, and part media critique, the latest Crumb book is a feast indeed. In addition to numerous reprints of Crumb comic hits like Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural, the book also features new works by Crumb, including a hilarious dialogue between the artist and his wife. (Both Crumb's wife and daughter are comic book artists.) Fans already familiar with Crumb's comic book work will rejoice at the glossy reprints of Crumb oil paintings and sculptures, complete with gallery-owner narratives about working with the artist. There are also record covers reprints that Crumb has drawn over the years, as well as a CD of songs by the artist's traditional band, R. Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders. But more important, the Handbook helps provide a window into the man himself. In fact the more you read The R. Crumb Handbook the more you start to understand Crumb is really a political cartoonist, challenging stereotypes, cultural norms, and the media. U.S. media in particular has had a powerful and profound impact on Crumb. Readers will learn what TV shows and books inspired Crumb, the state of comics in the 1960s versus today, the media's effect on day-to-day life, and what other comics served as models for Crumb in his own work. Artists like Jack Davis, John Stanley, Carl Barks, and the late Will Eisner made powerful impressions on Crumb about what comics could achieve. Crumb offers up some interesting insight into comics during the Great Depression (e.g., Dick Tracy and Superman) and explains how many of these comics mirrored the era and encouraged readers to "fight on" even during tough times. The R. Crumb Handbook is a solid piece of work, not only giving us a glimpse into the artist, but serving as a great read for old and new fans alike. --Pat Kearney Listen to an exclusive track from R. Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders Read an interview with R. Crumb Exclusive Images from the R.Crumb Handbook Spoiler Alert: View at Your Own Risk! [image] [image] [image] [image] !-- end6pak --> Build Your R. Crumb Library [image] The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 19 [image] Complete Crumb Comics [image] Your Vigor for Life Appalls Me: Robert Crumb Letters 1958-1977 [image] The Life and Death of Fritz the Cat [image] The R. Crumb Sketchbook Vol. 8: Early 1971 to Mid 1972 [image] R. Crumb's Kafka !-- end6pak --> Crumb in Other Universes [image] Crumb (DVD) [image] The Confessions of Robert Crumb (DVD) [image] The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book !-- end6pak -->


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[image] From the mountains of Southern France where he currently lives and works, pop artist R. Crumb makes a grand entrance back to the publishing world with The R. Crumb Handbook. Part biography, part comic book, and part media critique, the latest Crumb book is a feast indeed. In addition to numerous reprints of Crumb comic hits like Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural, the b [image] From the mountains of Southern France where he currently lives and works, pop artist R. Crumb makes a grand entrance back to the publishing world with The R. Crumb Handbook. Part biography, part comic book, and part media critique, the latest Crumb book is a feast indeed. In addition to numerous reprints of Crumb comic hits like Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural, the book also features new works by Crumb, including a hilarious dialogue between the artist and his wife. (Both Crumb's wife and daughter are comic book artists.) Fans already familiar with Crumb's comic book work will rejoice at the glossy reprints of Crumb oil paintings and sculptures, complete with gallery-owner narratives about working with the artist. There are also record covers reprints that Crumb has drawn over the years, as well as a CD of songs by the artist's traditional band, R. Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders. But more important, the Handbook helps provide a window into the man himself. In fact the more you read The R. Crumb Handbook the more you start to understand Crumb is really a political cartoonist, challenging stereotypes, cultural norms, and the media. U.S. media in particular has had a powerful and profound impact on Crumb. Readers will learn what TV shows and books inspired Crumb, the state of comics in the 1960s versus today, the media's effect on day-to-day life, and what other comics served as models for Crumb in his own work. Artists like Jack Davis, John Stanley, Carl Barks, and the late Will Eisner made powerful impressions on Crumb about what comics could achieve. Crumb offers up some interesting insight into comics during the Great Depression (e.g., Dick Tracy and Superman) and explains how many of these comics mirrored the era and encouraged readers to "fight on" even during tough times. The R. Crumb Handbook is a solid piece of work, not only giving us a glimpse into the artist, but serving as a great read for old and new fans alike. --Pat Kearney Listen to an exclusive track from R. Crumb and the Cheap Suit Serenaders Read an interview with R. Crumb Exclusive Images from the R.Crumb Handbook Spoiler Alert: View at Your Own Risk! [image] [image] [image] [image] !-- end6pak --> Build Your R. Crumb Library [image] The Complete Crumb Comics Vol. 19 [image] Complete Crumb Comics [image] Your Vigor for Life Appalls Me: Robert Crumb Letters 1958-1977 [image] The Life and Death of Fritz the Cat [image] The R. Crumb Sketchbook Vol. 8: Early 1971 to Mid 1972 [image] R. Crumb's Kafka !-- end6pak --> Crumb in Other Universes [image] Crumb (DVD) [image] The Confessions of Robert Crumb (DVD) [image] The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book !-- end6pak -->

30 review for The R. Crumb Handbook Limited Edition

  1. 5 out of 5

    Michael Finocchiaro

    If you are unfamiliar with Crumb's provocative and creative work. this is a great place to start. You meet his most famous creations and his perverse but hilarious sense of humor. I would also HIGHLY suggest watching Terry Zwigoff's 1994 biopsy eponymously titled Crumb to fully understand the deranged but brilliant sarcasm behind the bawdy and sometimes shocking drawings. Enjoy. If you are unfamiliar with Crumb's provocative and creative work. this is a great place to start. You meet his most famous creations and his perverse but hilarious sense of humor. I would also HIGHLY suggest watching Terry Zwigoff's 1994 biopsy eponymously titled Crumb to fully understand the deranged but brilliant sarcasm behind the bawdy and sometimes shocking drawings. Enjoy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Dave Schaafsma

    I was looking around for another volume of Crumb's collected works, and found this, part of a series of "handbooks" about the world's famous artistic or intellectual leaders. Crumb is one of the five most influential comics artists on the planet, so he fits the leadership bill. This collection would go well with the Aacdemy-Award nominated documentary bio-pic, called Crumb. This more than 400 page volume includes letters, photographs, journals, examples of a range of his work from a variety of p I was looking around for another volume of Crumb's collected works, and found this, part of a series of "handbooks" about the world's famous artistic or intellectual leaders. Crumb is one of the five most influential comics artists on the planet, so he fits the leadership bill. This collection would go well with the Aacdemy-Award nominated documentary bio-pic, called Crumb. This more than 400 page volume includes letters, photographs, journals, examples of a range of his work from a variety of periods. It is a terrific one volume look at Crumb if you wanted to get a good look at his work, and it doesn't shy away from crises he faced from the perspective of offensiveness (he often was; he was not trying to be mainstream, ever). At the point of international fame, Crumb chose to go in a more "alternative comix" direction (for example, with more sexual content and exploring controversial themes). He's never dull, and often outrageous.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    combined his work spanning decades and a biography in a really nicely bound edition with a cd of his music over the years and a bookmark of self-portraits. i'd give this four and a half stars, but i can't. combined his work spanning decades and a biography in a really nicely bound edition with a cd of his music over the years and a bookmark of self-portraits. i'd give this four and a half stars, but i can't.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    A nice omnibus of Crumb's work. Worth owning just for the included CD - which includes a few rare Cheap Suit Serenaders tracks. A nice omnibus of Crumb's work. Worth owning just for the included CD - which includes a few rare Cheap Suit Serenaders tracks.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ero

    This is a lovely book. All in one package, you get a well-written, if oddly sketchy, set of autobiographical essays; and a pretty amazing overview of the life's work, which is fairly unnervingly and unrelentingly pervy, metaphysical, bizarre and beautifully drawn. Given how truly weird his work is, it's amazing that he's famous and influential instead of shamed and reviled. But the art itself (as opposed to the content matter, where the two are separable) is amazingly well-crafted, and he's been This is a lovely book. All in one package, you get a well-written, if oddly sketchy, set of autobiographical essays; and a pretty amazing overview of the life's work, which is fairly unnervingly and unrelentingly pervy, metaphysical, bizarre and beautifully drawn. Given how truly weird his work is, it's amazing that he's famous and influential instead of shamed and reviled. But the art itself (as opposed to the content matter, where the two are separable) is amazingly well-crafted, and he's been working hard at it for around 50 years now. That part's pretty inspiring, especially because he's always worked with the same obsessiveness toward the same narrow personal artistic vision, and approached success primarily by being so undeviatingly deviant. it's obvious that he's never tried to be popular; he's just devoted his life to expressing himself as clearly as he was able, neuroses, kinks and all. At the end of the book, when he starts joking very seriously about his own approaching death, you feel he's earned the right to take on the only topic that people are more hung up about than sex. There's something deeply inspiring by someone who's so articulate about his own failure, anxiety and repressed urges, having grown into a peaceable, mature and successful family man with a placid and mystical approach to the unknowable.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristin Mowery

    I think I should try to explain why I am such a rabid fan of R.Crumb. Crucially, he provided me with the first real opportunity that I had to relate to another human being, when I watched the documentary Crumb in my mid-teens. I cannot really explain this with that much depth or clarity, other than the things he writes are my truth, and it appalls me to see his work condemned by people, such as Trina Robbins, who clearly have not spent enough time thinking about the context, intention, or cathar I think I should try to explain why I am such a rabid fan of R.Crumb. Crucially, he provided me with the first real opportunity that I had to relate to another human being, when I watched the documentary Crumb in my mid-teens. I cannot really explain this with that much depth or clarity, other than the things he writes are my truth, and it appalls me to see his work condemned by people, such as Trina Robbins, who clearly have not spent enough time thinking about the context, intention, or cathartic and self-healing nature of his work. A crucial piece of this is that he is, as Roger Ebert observes "clinging to his sanity by his fingernails," and that he is able to pick up on the sexual violence seething underneath American culture, and that he sees more of what is going on when you to walk down the street than almost any other artist, writer, or intellectual that I have ever been acquainted with. I think these things make him someone who is, if not sympathetic, than at least worthy of the "artistic genius" treatment. He is a whiny, self-centered, narcissistic creep, sure, but that hardly disqualifies him from correctness. And I don't know what else to call his work, except honesty in its raw form. All the societal niceties have been stripped away, and there is nothing but the depiction of a crazed, horny loser leering out at an atropied, entropied, self-destructing culture so full of excess that its citizens are simply too distracted to notice that they are on board the Titanic. The offensiveness of his work is an essential part of its relevance. It is interesting that half of the world understands satire, and half entirely misses the point. His work has always been straight from his broken heart,and it is about his perception of how hateful and cruel American culture is, underneath all the false, forced happiness of advertising and societal convention. It is about sexual obsession, particularly as it relates to comic books, cartoons,and other forms of immature fantasy, and he is astoundingly aware of the perverse sexuality contained in comic books and cartoons. It is about the animalistic, violent, competitive nature of teenage boys and men in suits. It is about the demanding, demonic, rapacious nature of women. It is about the brute force of all of this, the desperation and anger and violence lurking underneath a pacifying, idiotic, and obnoxious mass media, which is deprived of the depth and meaning of unique village society and self-made music, art and culture. You have to approach his art with compassion and understanding, because if you bring your own expectations and sensibilities to it, and they clash dramatically with his work, you will misunderstand it. Yes, he talks about his hostilities toward women,and there is plenty of graphically sexual violence in it. However, the strength of the women that he depicts, and their overpowering influence on him is, if not respectful, then at least acknowledges the validity of their worth. He is not writing women off, he is not degrading them, he is reflecting upon their ability to drive him up the wall with their combined sexual authority over him and their out-of-control emotional episodes. He is obviously someone so meek, passive, and indecisive that the forceful nature of the kind of women he is attracted to overwhelms him. He is also so split off from his own feelings that emotions in general frighten him. And yet he is wracked with desire, for sexual intimacy, for power and control, and for a sense of connection to the rest of humanity. His record collection is an obvious manifestation of this. He perceives, accurately or not, music from the 20's and 30's to be a purer reflection of human suffering and joy. His half-baked theory that people were more genuine in the era preceding the mass culture that he grew up with still has a significant, affecting nostalgia that imbues his work. The sense of being lost, alone, and in need in the middle of a repulsive, empty, circus-like environment has so much resonance that I can't imagine his drawings will ever lose their power. Certainly not on people like me, whatever generation they come from.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Cwn_annwn_13

    This, R. Crumbs Coffeetable book or the Documentary about him would probably be the best choices for an introduction to Crumb. The R. Crumb Handbook is an anthology with Crumb writing his reflections on his life and work, commentary by other people here and there and stuff from various stages of his evolution. There is more of the sexually oriented and neurotic self loathing stuff in this and not as much of the "counterculture" satire or his early fuzzy bunny cutesy work. He does gain a lot of p This, R. Crumbs Coffeetable book or the Documentary about him would probably be the best choices for an introduction to Crumb. The R. Crumb Handbook is an anthology with Crumb writing his reflections on his life and work, commentary by other people here and there and stuff from various stages of his evolution. There is more of the sexually oriented and neurotic self loathing stuff in this and not as much of the "counterculture" satire or his early fuzzy bunny cutesy work. He does gain a lot of points with me because he appreciates a good Amazon. Crumb is a weird dude who expresses himself in a very stereotypical Jewish way with his self loathing, sexual hang ups, and passive aggressive personality. But apparently he isn't a Jew, even though at times he's like a hybrid of Howard Stern and Woody Allen on a bad acid trip. In spite of that I find his work interesting and entertaining. This also comes with a CD of Crumbs band which is fun, better than average old timey music.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jon Nakapalau

    Everything you ever wanted to know about Robert Crumb is in this book. A very honest look at the life of one of the most influential illustrators of the last 50 years.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Gregg Cosgrove

    I thought this was another Crumb collection and I liked the size of the book, so I bought it and put it on my shelf. I didn’t realize what I was getting into when I started reading this. It’s an incredible memoir from R. Crumb. It’s 400 pages and includes lots of artwork but by far the best part of the book are the lengthy and very candid details of his life as an artist. Very interesting!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tim Goral

    More than you would ever want to know about the man who helped mainstream "underground" comics. This book is a good companion to the multi-volume "The Complete Crumb Comics," and is probably the best place to start if you aren't familiar with his work. More than you would ever want to know about the man who helped mainstream "underground" comics. This book is a good companion to the multi-volume "The Complete Crumb Comics," and is probably the best place to start if you aren't familiar with his work.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mark Plaid

    The R. Crumb Handbook combines the memories and reflections of hippy era underground cartoonist R. Crumb into a thick hardback little tome. Although co-authored by Peter Poplaski, this book reads more like an autobiography completely written on Crumb's own. I discovered Crumb's work in the 80s while attending high school and became a life long fan after that. I read many things about the life of Crumb and of course many of his comics, as many as I could. Some of the expected things from the man' The R. Crumb Handbook combines the memories and reflections of hippy era underground cartoonist R. Crumb into a thick hardback little tome. Although co-authored by Peter Poplaski, this book reads more like an autobiography completely written on Crumb's own. I discovered Crumb's work in the 80s while attending high school and became a life long fan after that. I read many things about the life of Crumb and of course many of his comics, as many as I could. Some of the expected things from the man's life come up in the book but I found much of it providing information unseen elsewhere. The personal reflections and commentary on the biographical tidbits makes this different from other accounts of Crumb's life. What makes this distinctly Crumb is his ability to scrutinize himself better than anyone else. His views in 2005 differ from those 30 or 40 years ago but his brash honesty hasn't at all. The retrospective look at his life plays the key role of this book. As for the cartoons and illustrations included in the book some of the key cartoons make appearances but many comics rarely or never seen before make the book as well. Crumb's more famous characters Mr. Natural, The Snoid, and Fritz the Cat make their obligatory appearances but in comics rarely seen. However, I don't know where I may have seen "Mode O'Day and her Pals Before." The inclusion of many cartoons and illustrations drawn after the turn of the millennium peak my interest. I find the maturing of the mind of a mad man particularly interesting. The R. Crumb Handbook really does contain something for the R. Crumb fan and newcomer alike. The biographical notes, cartoons and illustrations, and commentary paralleling Crumb's life and cultural commentary make an excellent and thorough account of the complex cartoonist. This also includes a CD sampler of Crumbs work. At around 20 tracks this proves a hefty sampler and shows the man's skill at music as well in the form of blues, mountain music, and roots music.

  12. 4 out of 5

    David James

    So much has been written about Crumb that I doubt I can add anything new. The man's art is simultaneously achingly beautiful and hideously repulsive, his narratives intellectually thought provoking and insanely pornographic. As he himself says more than once in the lengthy interview that comprises most of the text portion of this book, you have to take all of him, the good and the ugly. He spills it all out without restraint. Part of my reason for only giving the book four stars is the physical s So much has been written about Crumb that I doubt I can add anything new. The man's art is simultaneously achingly beautiful and hideously repulsive, his narratives intellectually thought provoking and insanely pornographic. As he himself says more than once in the lengthy interview that comprises most of the text portion of this book, you have to take all of him, the good and the ugly. He spills it all out without restraint. Part of my reason for only giving the book four stars is the physical size of it. The pages are very small and hence the artwork is compressed and some of the dialogue is impossible to read. Granted pretty much anything by Crumb can be found elsewhere in larger reprint, but it would still be nice if this had been produced in a somewhat larger format. That said, this is essential for Crumb fans (I'm not a big fan, but I do appreciate his work, even when it turns my stomach), and for new initiates, it's a good introduction to what the man is about.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa (V.C.)

    Robert Crumb is one unique and special individual, and lo and behold, so is this book that embodies everything that Mr. Crumb is - hilarious, bitingly-satirical, brutally honest, challenging, and brilliant. In illustrating the human condition through all our ironies, weaknesses, lusts, terrors, and cruelties, in a style that only Mr. Crumb can do and is famous for, he also effortlessly weaves in his childhood as a kid of the 1940's to his evolution of being the enfant terrible cartoonist of the Robert Crumb is one unique and special individual, and lo and behold, so is this book that embodies everything that Mr. Crumb is - hilarious, bitingly-satirical, brutally honest, challenging, and brilliant. In illustrating the human condition through all our ironies, weaknesses, lusts, terrors, and cruelties, in a style that only Mr. Crumb can do and is famous for, he also effortlessly weaves in his childhood as a kid of the 1940's to his evolution of being the enfant terrible cartoonist of the 1960's hippie culture. With over 50 personal photographs and 300 images taken from his sketchbooks and comic books, AND a CD (R. Crumb's Music Sampler) containing selected recordings from Crumb's "half-assed" music career with his band, R. Crumb And His Cheap Suit Serenaders, this is not merely a visual biography, but a masterpiece of one genius's creation. Pair this with the 1994 documentary, Crumb, and you have just about all that you need to know about the madness behind the man.

  14. 4 out of 5

    East Bay J

    Fantastic! The R. Crumb Handbook is an awesome overview of the life of Robert Crumb, artist, musician and American original. This is an autobiography, Crumb's life in his own words and it's an extroardinary read. Crumb writes with a savvy, subversive wit that makes the stories of his childhood, artistic origins and career fun to read and even inspiring. There are literally hundreds of photographs, not to mention Crumb's amazing artwork. It's a treat for the eyes as well as the brain. The include Fantastic! The R. Crumb Handbook is an awesome overview of the life of Robert Crumb, artist, musician and American original. This is an autobiography, Crumb's life in his own words and it's an extroardinary read. Crumb writes with a savvy, subversive wit that makes the stories of his childhood, artistic origins and career fun to read and even inspiring. There are literally hundreds of photographs, not to mention Crumb's amazing artwork. It's a treat for the eyes as well as the brain. The included CD, R. Crumb's Music Sampler, features sixteen performances from six of Crumbs ensembles recorded between 1972 and 2003, including songs from Crumb with his wife and daughter! How cool is that? This is a gorgeous book and a heck of a good read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Shanwar Badr

    Anyone who knows me well, especially my artistic friends, have been victims of my constant ramblings of Robert Crumb. His work has profound influence on me as an artist and it was great to get to know more about him through this condensed and moving visual biography of the life, trials and personal evolution of R. Crumb. There is something very inspiring about someone who's ever so articulate about their own social hangups, anxieties, fantasies and repressed urges who still manages to both entert Anyone who knows me well, especially my artistic friends, have been victims of my constant ramblings of Robert Crumb. His work has profound influence on me as an artist and it was great to get to know more about him through this condensed and moving visual biography of the life, trials and personal evolution of R. Crumb. There is something very inspiring about someone who's ever so articulate about their own social hangups, anxieties, fantasies and repressed urges who still manages to both entertain and enlighten the audience. It's also remarkable how someone as shamelessly deviant but most importantly truthful as R. Crumb managed to reach that kind of acclaim in the art world. He's the real deal, the true anti-hero of comics, depicting the crazed side of humanity in it's rawest form.

  16. 5 out of 5

    jack

    i love r. crumb more than anything. i know i just said that chris ware is a genius, and he is. but r. crumb is the type of genius that makes a genius like chris ware look like one of those kids that's always sucking on their sleeve in kindergarten and the sleeve is always wet and their mouth is all red and puffy and you think to yourself, "what is wrong with you? are you retarded? why are you eating your sleeve?" yeah, he's that good. this book is full of his beautiful perfect art and some of his i love r. crumb more than anything. i know i just said that chris ware is a genius, and he is. but r. crumb is the type of genius that makes a genius like chris ware look like one of those kids that's always sucking on their sleeve in kindergarten and the sleeve is always wet and their mouth is all red and puffy and you think to yourself, "what is wrong with you? are you retarded? why are you eating your sleeve?" yeah, he's that good. this book is full of his beautiful perfect art and some of his writing that is very revealing and informative and blah blah aren't those big words for me to be using? i should just stick to "rad" "sucky" and "retard."

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gijs Grob

    'The R. Crumb Handbook' is not the best place to learn to know Robert Crumb's art. The book is simply too small for that. But it is a good start to know Robert Crumb as a person. Crumb himself talks about his youth, his coming of age, and his world views, richly illustrated by his own work and by his influences. Unfortunately, the book disintegrates halfway, and the latter half is not nearly as compelling as the first. The book contains many testimonies on Crumb by other people, which add absolu 'The R. Crumb Handbook' is not the best place to learn to know Robert Crumb's art. The book is simply too small for that. But it is a good start to know Robert Crumb as a person. Crumb himself talks about his youth, his coming of age, and his world views, richly illustrated by his own work and by his influences. Unfortunately, the book disintegrates halfway, and the latter half is not nearly as compelling as the first. The book contains many testimonies on Crumb by other people, which add absolutely nothing and could certainly be missed. This is not a bad book, but it certainly could have been a lot better.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Malcolm

    Remember Mr. Natural, Keep on Truckin' and other weird and wonderful characters that peopled Robert Crumbs underground comix in the 1960's. This is the story of Crumb's life and a great collection of his cartoons and illustrations. A lot of his work is edgy and not for the prudish who might misunderstand the context of his work. A lot of it is satirical and way over the edge for many. Its a great read for those nostalgic for their youth. Malcolm Watts Malcolm Watts is a novelist, writer, and ph Remember Mr. Natural, Keep on Truckin' and other weird and wonderful characters that peopled Robert Crumbs underground comix in the 1960's. This is the story of Crumb's life and a great collection of his cartoons and illustrations. A lot of his work is edgy and not for the prudish who might misunderstand the context of his work. A lot of it is satirical and way over the edge for many. Its a great read for those nostalgic for their youth. Malcolm Watts Malcolm Watts is a novelist, writer, and photograher. Visit his website at www.authorsden.com/malcolmwatts.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stop

    STOP SMILING Issue 38, 20 Interviews , features a cover story interview with R. Crumb. The STOP SMILING Third Annual 20 Interviews issue features a 10-page spread and interview of comic book artist R. Crumb. STOP SMILING Issue 38, 20 Interviews , features a cover story interview with R. Crumb. The STOP SMILING Third Annual 20 Interviews issue features a 10-page spread and interview of comic book artist R. Crumb.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Osopajamas

    I've read a few books on Crumb but this one kicks all the rest in their flabby asses. The R. Crumb Handbook is only one to read if you want to get a broad picture of what's doing with this guy. This goes into the dirty details of what his family was like growing up, his work life pre and post-fame. Plus, as a huge bonus, it's loaded with photos, his art and a CD of the Crumb family, His Cheap Suit Serenaders and various musical groups he's played with over the years. Worth every word. I've read a few books on Crumb but this one kicks all the rest in their flabby asses. The R. Crumb Handbook is only one to read if you want to get a broad picture of what's doing with this guy. This goes into the dirty details of what his family was like growing up, his work life pre and post-fame. Plus, as a huge bonus, it's loaded with photos, his art and a CD of the Crumb family, His Cheap Suit Serenaders and various musical groups he's played with over the years. Worth every word.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jason

    I was a fool. There is something in us that is always looking for the hard-to-find ultimate experience. We wade through a lot of shit to get to the fulfillment of our dreams. In my case, all my life I've been a slave to that butt. Yes, the motion of a big, round, human, female butt while she's walking has the same effect that the blossom has on the bee. To see is to desire! It's primal. It's an animal reflex. I was a fool. There is something in us that is always looking for the hard-to-find ultimate experience. We wade through a lot of shit to get to the fulfillment of our dreams. In my case, all my life I've been a slave to that butt. Yes, the motion of a big, round, human, female butt while she's walking has the same effect that the blossom has on the bee. To see is to desire! It's primal. It's an animal reflex.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Cody

    I'll admit that I am fascinated with R. Crumb as an artist and intriguing fellow, but I just didn't enjoy this collection. The best aspect of this work is definitely the cd featuring his many banjo antics. Speaking of, I highly recommend tracking down *Les Primitifs du Futur,* a musette band with which he plays occasionally. I'll admit that I am fascinated with R. Crumb as an artist and intriguing fellow, but I just didn't enjoy this collection. The best aspect of this work is definitely the cd featuring his many banjo antics. Speaking of, I highly recommend tracking down *Les Primitifs du Futur,* a musette band with which he plays occasionally.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Jack

    This came with a CD that had "Getta Load Of This" on it. I'd been looking for the song for decades now. Not only is he a great comic artist, but he is a wonderful musician and preservationist of "old-timey" music... the washboard and banjo kind of folk-jazz from the turn of the century. He also has one of the most extensive collections of old vinyl recordings of anyone I know. This came with a CD that had "Getta Load Of This" on it. I'd been looking for the song for decades now. Not only is he a great comic artist, but he is a wonderful musician and preservationist of "old-timey" music... the washboard and banjo kind of folk-jazz from the turn of the century. He also has one of the most extensive collections of old vinyl recordings of anyone I know.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Maxine

    Just when I thought I knew too much about R. Crumb, here comes this fat little book! This one does a good job at covering it all: the artist's childhood, life in the sixties, drugs, discontent with commercialism, sex perversions, the blatant racism, jazz music, old age. Move over, guy in those Dos Equis commercials...because Robert Crumb is...THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD. Just when I thought I knew too much about R. Crumb, here comes this fat little book! This one does a good job at covering it all: the artist's childhood, life in the sixties, drugs, discontent with commercialism, sex perversions, the blatant racism, jazz music, old age. Move over, guy in those Dos Equis commercials...because Robert Crumb is...THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Micah

    If you like odd ball and off the wall. With strange and deprived, Robert Crumb shows us what it is like to live in his head. The art in this book reflects the authors mental state and how he has developed along his life. This book is not for the faint of heart. If you like strange cartoons you might enjoy this book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Steven Cady

    This is a nice little autobiography of Mr. Crumb, very direct and hones and beautifully illustrated. The format is small and thick so some of the included comix are small and hard to read but the quality of illustrations and the large print layout is nice. There are many personal photos included with the art samples.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    Great portrait of R. Crumb, his art, his views, his tastes...and it comes with a CD of his weird hippie banjo music. Hilarious and arousing...great starter book for anyone interested in the HUGE contribution Crumb has made to the art world.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tim

    Great autobiographical overview of a comix legend-- his conversational tone and personal admissions have really influenced my efforts to write comic vignettes of my own personal experiences as a child.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Vittorio

    Robert Crumb is a one of a kind talent. This book is a great overview of his body of work and is highly recommended! His wife Aline and daughter Sophie are immensely talented as well and it will be well worth your while to check them out.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ronnie Ursenbach

    Half autobiography, half collection. Very well laid out. It would go from Crumb talking about his life to his works either from our about that era. It’s almost like his life story is being curated through his art.

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