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Your Vigor for Life Appalls Me: Collected Letters (1956-1972)

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The Complete Crumb Comics series comprises the complete works of legendary cartoonist R. Crumb, presented chronologically, including his entire oeuvre and unpublished strips and illustrations from the artist's private archives. Each volume includes a new cover by Crumb and a lengthy introduction, usually by Crumb but occasionally from others close to Crumb, such as brother ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 1st 1998 by Fantagraphics Books (first published January 17th 1998)
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What a confusing little collection. Who decided it was a good idea to collect and publish all of 15-yr-old R. Crumb's letters without 90% of the artwork they supposedly included? The break-down of each letter is as follows: 70% meticulous, catatonia-inducing lists of records and Disney comic book titles; 20% teen angst; 6% untraceable but facinating-sounding references to long-lost artists/events/conversations/etc; 2% art; and 2% honest-to-god philosophical gems that made slogging through the re ...more
Helen Damnation
So on one hand, the early start point of this book made me incredibly glad that by the time my own geeky teenage began everything had made it's way to the internet. It also serves as an interesting little history lesson in how mid-century fandom worked. On the other hand, unfortunately, the truth is that fandom from the outside is always pretty boring; lists and lists and requests and attempts at asserting your own superior knowledge.

By the mid part of the collection we are learning more about
Jul 30, 2007 matt rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: comic obsessed children of the 1950s
buyer beware! Now I'd be just as interested into uncovering the direct influences that turned Crumb into the lecherous miscreant we known him as today but these letters are too probing for my taste. A LARGE majority of these letters focus around his high-school correspondence which basically mulls over the merits of EC comics and how many Disney back issues his brother has attained. His early sketches offer little insight to what he would late become, as is the case with most artists' output bet ...more
Matt Champagne
Too much information, but still found it interesting. I'll be honest: I picked up this book because I love the title.
I want to read everybody's letters, but Crumb here is mostly asking correspondants if they've read, or can procure for him, various comic books, and you can find that on any old geek's blog. It's the bitter little glimpses he allows of his day-to-day outsider existence and family issues that supply what entertainment there is to be found.

Unless you're an incurable snoop like me, stick with the comics.
Great title, and interesting to see how Crumb's voice and persona were seemingly so completely formed at such a young age. And of course some of the historical details are interesting, but reading one side of a correspondence makes for kind of a tedious read.
Misti Rainwater-Lites
Could not finish this one, tossed to the side of my bed. Crumb sure wrote a lot of letters!
Mostly boring. The rating is a result of my personal love for R. Crumb's voice in candid.
at times a difficult read - he wasn't very likable in the end - wouldn't recommend it
Jul 27, 2011 Harry added it
Definitely on a par with VanGogh's letters to Theo.
Jun 03, 2007 Ryan marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
just shot to the top of my must read list
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Robert Dennis Crumb (born August 30, 1943)— is an American artist, illustrator, and musician recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream.

Crumb was a founder of the underground comix movement and is regarded as its most prominent figure. Though one of the most celebrated of comic book artists, Crumb's entire career has
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