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R. Crumb
Crumb, R.
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First edition.
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Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics, [2004]

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114 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 31 cm.
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Collects four long-out-of-print interviews from the award-winning Comics Journal's archives in an oversized art-book format. These are the most comprehensive interviews ever conducted with the man, spanning his life, career, rejections and wide-ranging views! Also boasts essays by the Journal's sharpest critics, plus a color gallery of the artist's art and ephemera.

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The Comics Journal won the 2002 Utne Independent Press Award in the category of Arts & Literature Coverage. The magazine is a 10-time Harvey Award-winner for "Best Biographical, Historical or Journalistic Publication" between 1989-2002, and a five-time Ei

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Booklist Review

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 0 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 Crumb0 . 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 Journal0 , 0 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 0 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 Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

Patrick Rosenkranz
Introductionp. 1
Essay: "Crumb of Discomfort." by Donald Phelps. From Film Comment, 1995p. 3
The Interviews
Interview I "I feared ridicule, but I didn't fear being busted. I always feared ridicule. I even fear ridicule now." An unpublished monologue by R. Crumb; questions by Patrick Rosenkranz, 1984p. 7
Interview II "One of my main reasons to go on living is I still think I haven't done my best work." From TCJ #121, conducted by Gary Groth, 1988p. 13
Interview III "An honest revelation of what really goes on in people's psyches about sex is always more interesting than something that just merely panders to some low common denominator." From TCJ #143, conducted by Gary Groth, 1991p. 67
Interview IV "I don't live here any more. You people better clean up your act here in this country. I'm telling you now." From TCJ #158, panel moderated by Gary Groth, 1992p. 79
Interview V "They hate me, they think I'm a disgusting weirdo. That's something I had to live with all my life." From TCJ #180, conducted by Gary Groth, 1995p. 89
The Color Gallery: A selection of art from throughout Crumb's careerp. 103