KINDLE ♴ The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book (Kitchen Sink Press Book for Back Bay Books) ⚕

Whether for being a martyr of his genius like Bobby Fischer, being a textbook post LSD user, or being someone with conflicting ideas on sex, religion, and the hipster movement he helped define, R Crumb displays his decline in this book While it is packed with sunny memoirs at times, plus good advice for emerging artists, I found that the majority of strips Crumb puts in this book are colored by passive aggressive meltdowns Sure, there are classic Crumb characters in there, Mr Natural, Snoid, the pin headed Keep on Truckin men And he goes into detail about how he created them What I find tedious about the book, though, is that Crumb often uses the very intellectual speak of the era he loathes, griping about the dissolution of culture, the vast pressures of being an artist, the boredom of people being charmed by him, as a way to address the reader. This is or less a career encompassing anthology of Crumbs work You get a taste of every faze he went through From the early cutesy fuzzy bunny work, the LSD influenced stuff, his sexual fetishs and hangups, the neurotic self loathing introspection, his counterculture parody and satire, etc There is some of every facet of Crumbs work in this along with several interesting handwritten pages where he reflects on his art and comic influences and how he evolved as an artist He also talks about his love of music and the stages in life that he went through Overall this would be an ideal introductory book to pick up to check out Crumb. KINDLE ♫ The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book (Kitchen Sink Press Book for Back Bay Books) ♵ When Published In Hardcover,, The R Crumb Coffee Table Art Book Was Hailed As An Original Audacious Celebration Of Artistic Genius American Popular Culture This Paperback Edition Makes The Best Of This Author Available In A Price That Fans Of Comic Book Art Are Sure To Appreciate Seeing as we picked this up in the bargain section, it was an especially good deal, as it packs a lot into its pages, but it lives up to its title a little much, in that there s not all that continuous a narrative I like the fact that Crumb s story is told through his recollections hand lettered and comics, but you also hear certain parts of it over and over, which can get a bit old Maybe that s just the downside of his or anyone s obsessions they re always interesting to you than to anyone else The LSD comics have even less narrative than the rest of them it s not as though the book, striving to provide an overview of his career as it does, could have left them out, but I wish that page space could have been used for something else What s interesting to me is how little I identify with Crumb himself, how annoying I find some of his interests and quirks, and how few things I think we would agree on pop music, for example, might lead to blows , and yet I do still like his work Maybe it s the crosshatching or maybe it s the fact that visual obsessions work much better than narrative ones Most likely of all, it s that he s such a flawed and human being, an aspect that comes through in his work in a way it doesn t in, for example, Gerhard Richter s The size of the book is nice in some ways large reproduction of art , but it s also awkward to read. This used to be the largest book I owned Then my brother gave me an elephant sized folio of Winsor McCay s Little Nemo in Slumberland It s gigantic Both books are graphically rich, and both are worth spending some time with Crumb s work is biting, satirical, psychedelic, revolutionary and incredibly, satisfyingly perverse McCay s work on the other hand is much careful It s drawn beautifully, his pictures seem to draw you in, invoking your own dreams all the while subtly invoking political themes of the day. when I was little I found this at the librarymy mom thought it was a children s book so she let me take it homeshe found me on the floor with a confused look on my face, and when she saw what I was reading she swore in three languages and took it awaynaturally as soon as I was old enough I checked it out myself I really appreciate crumb s dedication to his artwork and his uninhibited style It takes courage to write and draw out the darkest places in your mind, and he does this exceptionally well And for the record, as a woman, I do not find his work offensive it is like seeing a mental disorder represented in art Good stuff A great little biography of Robert Crumb for anyone interested in his history I loved that Crumb would explain a portion of his life and then the following pages would showcase the comics art relevant to that period he had just discussed There s nothing better than seeing the art the artist references in writing One of my pet peeves is reading articles or watching interviews where artists talk about their work and you re left thinking, wow, they sound like such a visionarybut what does their stuff actually LOOK like Then you re forced to go off and search for the work itself and all the outside sources they referenced, and it becomes very tedious This book feels like an all in one experience where I was able to sit back, flip through, and get a full sense of Crumb s life and his work. Discipline the mind Discipline the mind I wonder how one goes about doing that These are the last words on the inside back cover R Crumb is muttering them to himself on the bus after God, obviously fed up with his nonsense, has sworn at him and sent him away.In this big book, genius misanthrope R Crumb takes the patient reader through the history of his life, work, and influences Along the way he shares his darkest fantasies, a bunch of sketchbook pages, and his hilariously self lacerating inner monologue He describes his body type as wimp o morph, which I may have to adopt The book is divided into sections, each one with a simple, honest introduction by R Crumb himself My favorites were the ones about growing up and looking for old comics, being mentored by the great Harvey Kurtzman still influencing my son, who loves the rebound Mad 1 15 , his relationship to music pro and con, and the influence LSD had on his art even though it seemed to come at a cost.He s the one Baby Boomer I would pull out of a fire when the Great Baby Boomer Fire happens, God willing.Highest recommendation, though not for teenagers or anyone still forming their sexual identity And not all of these comics aged well.Oh, one quick rant before I forget I don t like those management y self improvement y books though I have read a few When someone recently asked for recommendations on social media, I made a few sort of counterintuitive recommendations of my own and got accused of trolling.My thesis A book like The R Crumb Coffee Table Art Book, if read carefully, is way better than one of those dopey Maxwell s Rules of Power books for thinking about one s career There are sections on mentorship, working when uninspired, managing a new enterprise Zap , handling intellectual property, and so on Don t blame me for what you can t perceive.I should make a list of non career career books Crazy from the Heat, that Gil Scott Heron book, Lives of the Great Composers, Vagabonding in the USA, Sweet Soul Music.Oh well Whatever Never mind And when I m trolling you will know it, by gum.Discipline the mind Discipline the mind I wonder how one goes about doing that The part about R Crumb s background and how he got started in comics was interesting I respect what the guy was trying to do as an artist, being open about his thoughts and pushing boundaries, etc., but honestly, his images of women were really disturbing His images of himself were equally disturbing I don t think he needed to unleash EVERYTHING that crossed his mind into the public domain, and it s an interesting choice that he did That said, I also thought some of his comics were hilarious, and then felt kind of guilty that I did.