Cover image for The complete Crumb volume 15: featuring Mode O'Day and her pals
The complete Crumb volume 15: featuring Mode O'Day and her pals
Crumb, R.
Personal Author:
First Fantagraphics Books edition.
Publication Information:
Seattle, WA : Fantagraphics Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
x, 118 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
Cover title: The complete Crumb comics, vol. 15 : Featuring Mode O'Day and her pals
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PN6727.C7 C785 2001 Graphic Novel Central Library

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Vol. 15 explores the years 1983 through 1985,best represented by Crumb's contributions to the magazine he edited and founded, Weirdo , including the first Mode O'Day strips and such Crumb classics as"Psychopathia Sexualis" and "Where Has It Gone, All the Beautiful Music of OurGrandparents?" Also featured are collaborations with Harvey Pekar (from American Splendor ) and Charles Bukowski, rare music-related art, theillustrations from Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang , strips from Zap Comix , bold experiments with brushwork, and much more, wrapped underan introduction from Crumb protégé Peter Bagge.

Author Notes

Charles Bukowski was born in Andernach, Germany, on August 16, 1920. He came to the United States with his parents when he was three years old and spent his early years in poverty. As a young man he was a transient, doing odd jobs. He lived most of his live in boarding houses in the Los Angeles area. He attended Los Angeles City College briefly. He worked for the United States Postal Service for about ten years.

Bukowski was at home with street people and his work contains a brutal realism and graphic imagery. He began publishing short stories in the mid-1940s. Starting with Flower, Fist and Bestial Wail in 1959, he produced poetry collections almost once a year. His following had grown by the time his collection of poetry about down-and-outers titled It Catches My Heart in Its Hands appeared in 1963. His short story collections include Dirty Old Man and Ejaculations, Exhibitions and General Tales of Ordinary Madness. His novels, with an autobiographical character called Henry Chinaski, include Post Office and Factotum.

Bukowski wrote the screenplay for the 1987 motion picture Barfly. He later wrote about the filming of Barfly in his novel, Hollywood.

Bukowski died in San Pedro, California, on March 9, 1994.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

The latest volume of everything underground comics creator Crumb has done consists largely of his contributions to Weirdo, the comics magazine he edited in the '80s. A good chunk of the book is devoted to stories of a lesser Crumb character, the one-note poseur Mode O'day. Fortunately, it also includes generous representations of stronger work--collaborations with writer Harvey Pekar, autobiographical efforts (including a "jam" with his wife, Aline Kominsky-Crumb), a jeremiad against contemporary culture ("Where Has It Gone, All the Beautiful Music of Our Grandparents?"), illustrations for books by Charles Bukowski and Edward Abbey, and a generous color portfolio of Weirdo covers and record-album jackets. Best of all is Crumb's affectionate biographical story of delta-blues legend Charlie Patton. Crumb can no longer be considered an underground cartoonist by any stretch of the imagination; thanks largely to the acclaimed documentary film Crumb, he might just be the nation's best-known cartoonist. That means libraries can expect demand for this as well as the other volumes in the series. --Gordon Flagg

Table of Contents

Peter Bagge
Introductionp. vii
Weirdo #9 (Winter, 1983-1984)
Inside front coverp. 1
"Arline 'n' Bob and That Thing In the Back Bedroom" (In collaboration with Aline Kominsky-Crumb)p. 2
"Mode O'Day and Her Pals"p. 7
Weirdo #10 (Summer 1984)
"Mode O'Day and Her Pals"p. 10
Weirdo #11 (Fall 1984)
"Goldilocks and the Three Bears"p. 18
"Love's Like That!"p. 25
Weirdo #12 (Winter, 1985-1986)
"Mode O'Day and Her Pals"p. 26
Weirdo #13 (Summer 1985)
"Psychopathia Sexualis"p. 34
Weirdo #14 (Fall 1985)
"Where Has It Gone, All the Beautiful Music of Our Grandparents?"p. 44
"Life Certainly Is Existential!"p. 49
Weirdo #15 (Winter, 1985-1986)
"Comics From Other Planets Dept."p. 50
"Gags"p. 54
Ad Parodyp. 56
Color Section
Weirdo #9 coverp. 57
Weirdo #10 coverp. 58
Weirdo #11 coverp. 59
Weirdo #12 coverp. 60
Weirdo #13 coverp. 61
Weirdo #14 coverp. 62
Weirdo #15 coverp. 63
Weirdo #15 back coverp. 64
The Klezmorim, Streets of Gold record cover (1978)
Charley's Choice sticker (1977)
Alan Weill portrait (1978)p. 65
The Otis Brothers record cover (1981)p. 66
Louie Bluie poster (1985)p. 67
Bring Me Your Love cover (1983)p. 68
There's No Business Like Show Business cover (1984)p. 69
Texas Crude cover (1984)p. 70
Monkey Wrench Gang cover (1985)p. 71
Kitchen Sink Press Pinbacks (1983)
Yolo Records label (1979)
Unpublished pastel caricatures of Sophie Crumb (1984)p. 72
Miscellaneous Illustrations from 1983
Letters page logo and spot illustration from Weirdo #9
Last Gasp ad from Weirdo #9
Crumb family holiday card
Unpublished Carol Engberg portrait
Crumb postcard from Tom Parker's Rules of Thumb
Unpublished self-portraitp. 73
American Splendor #9 (1983)
"Hypothetical Quandry" (written by Harvey Pekar)p. 74
Black Sparrow Press promotional illustration (1982)
Charles Bukowski portraitp. 77
Charles Bukowski's Bring Me Your Love (1983)
Title page and illustrationsp. 78
Charles Bukowski's There's No Business Like Show Business (1984)
Title page and illustrationsp. 82
Ken Weaver's Texas Crude (1984)
Miscellaneous llustrationsp. 87
Pepper and Stern Rare Books Catalog #29 (1984)
Coverp. 91
Poster for The Magazine, a San Francisco used bookstore (c. 1984)
"Get Your Virtual Kicks At The Magazine..."p. 92
Co-Evolution Quarterly No. 42 (Summer 1984)
Title and Illustrations for "Meetings with Remarkable Cat Ladies"p. 93
Edward Abbey's The Monkey Wrench Gang (Tenth Anniv. Edition, 1985) Miscellaneous illustrationsp. 94
Zap 11 (1985)
"Constipated Chaos Consortium" (Jam with Spain Rodriguez, Bosirus Eerie, Victor Moscoso, S. Clay Wilson and Robert Williams)p. 101
"Jesus People USA"p. 102
"Patton"p. 104
Miscellaneous Illustrations
Tom Arons and Karen Olson Wedding Party (1983)
Last Gasp Holiday Party Invitation (1984)
Musical BBQ at Crumb Ranch (1982)p. 116
Miscellaneous Illustrations from 1984
Birth Announcement for Graham McNamara
Baby Shower invite for Julie McNamara
Crumb family holiday card (with Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Sophie Crumb)
Whole Earth catalog illustrations
Loose in the Streets poster (Jam with Dan O'Neill, Victor Moscoso, and Bob Crabb)p. 117