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oldgoat
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posted 13 April 2005 03:11 PM      Profile for oldgoat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
http://tinyurl.com/56a37

Of all the great cultural icons of the '60's, (and there were so many) R. Crumb was one of my favourites.

The Salinger of cartoonists, he identified the era for me at least in terms of cartoon art, with The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers coming in second. He hasn't lead an enviable life for the most part, and is struggling with finally getting the recognition he's always deserved.

For those babblers lucky enough to live in the centre of the universe, Crumb will be doing a book signing at the Eatons Centre Indigo at 7:00 Friday night.

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skdadl
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posted 13 April 2005 03:15 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
oldgoat: TStar URLs are much in need of TinyUrl.
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oldgoat
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posted 13 April 2005 03:17 PM      Profile for oldgoat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
working on it
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Stephen Gordon
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posted 13 April 2005 04:15 PM      Profile for Stephen Gordon        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Did you ever see the 1994 documentary about him?
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skdadl
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posted 13 April 2005 04:43 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
oldgoat, a confession: I saw only two Crumbs in the 60s/early 70s, the Cheap Thrills album cover (great) and one Fritz the Cat. The latter was just too much for me. I hated it. Forgive me, but it was just too violent for me, and I turned away from him.
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thwap
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posted 13 April 2005 04:50 PM      Profile for thwap        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Crumb is problematic. He definitely has issues with women, but he's not a total cad there either.
He has good personal relationships with women, as that very good documentary shows.

The incest comic that the one woman critic decries, I can't help but find it funny. It's over-the-top and a satire on the whole 1950s whitebread family ideal.

He did 2 comics about racism that besides being completely over-the-top, are also excellent exposes of the nonsensical ideas of white supremacists.

So, he's at times much more than a jerk, but at other times, there's flashes of brilliance.


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oldgoat
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posted 13 April 2005 05:26 PM      Profile for oldgoat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Interesting interview with his wife of 30 years.

I think he may have been misunderstood by those who judge him harshly. He had a pretty difficult childhood, and though I'm trying to avoid armchair diagnosis, I'm sensing something on the high functioning autism spectrum in the guy. To say that he has used his considerable talent to work through some personal stuff, or at least just exorcise some of it, is an understatement.

I'm just sorry I can't be in Toronto on Friday, or I'd be at the book signing.


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Papal Bull
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posted 13 April 2005 06:03 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've seen Fritz the Cat. But that is about it.
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angrymonkey
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posted 13 April 2005 07:10 PM      Profile for angrymonkey     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I was working at a shop when we got a contract to computer color some of his old work for a new book collection. Only a couple of us were actually excited about getting it though. It was fun to work on. It was also kind of funny to see a fellow employee question his color notes- they didn't really know who he was. "No, don't change the colors- I think he knows what he wants"
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al-Qa'bong
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posted 14 April 2005 12:07 AM      Profile for al-Qa'bong   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I own a copy of Crumb.

His comics are OK, but I really like what he's done with the Cheap Suit Serenaders. Those cats play my kind of music.

He recently put out a compilation disc called Hot Women: Women Singers From The Torrid Regions of the World link

Some of it is very good.

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Brett Mann
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I was very impressed with the opinion of the British art critic in Crumb who said that Crumb's work is comparable to that of Breugle (sp?). This would locate him (Crumb) in the pantheon of the world's truly great visual artists, and I think he may well be worthy of such elevation. Crumb is also a perceptive and courageous social critic. I'll definitely keep an eye out for his new book.
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