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The R. Crumb Handbook

4.12  ·  Rating Details  ·  597 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
The R. Crumb Handbook is a brand new take on the life, trials and ideas of one of the most influential cartoonists of the last 40 years. Wry, self-deprecating, and candid, this is an exceptionally revealing and unexpectedly moving visual biography. Crumb is thoughtful and enlightening, with insights into 20th century popular culture that are hilarious, challenging, and aci ...more
Hardcover, 440 pages
Published April 15th 2005 by M Q Publications
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Feb 09, 2009 Ero rated it it was amazing
Shelves: from-liberry
This is a lovely book. All in one package, you get a well-written, if oddly sketchy, set of autobiographical essays; and a pretty amazing overview of the life's work, which is fairly unnervingly and unrelentingly pervy, metaphysical, bizarre and beautifully drawn.

Given how truly weird his work is, it's amazing that he's famous and influential instead of shamed and reviled. But the art itself (as opposed to the content matter, where the two are separable) is amazingly well-crafted, and he's been
Apr 21, 2010 Cwn_annwn_13 rated it really liked it
This, R. Crumbs Coffeetable book or the Documentary about him would probably be the best choices for an introduction to Crumb. The R. Crumb Handbook is an anthology with Crumb writing his reflections on his life and work, commentary by other people here and there and stuff from various stages of his evolution. There is more of the sexually oriented and neurotic self loathing stuff in this and not as much of the "counterculture" satire or his early fuzzy bunny cutesy work. He does gain a lot of p ...more
Kristin Mowery
I think I should try to explain why I am such a rabid fan of R.Crumb. Crucially, he provided me with the first real opportunity that I had to relate to another human being, when I watched the documentary Crumb in my mid-teens. I cannot really explain this with that much depth or clarity, other than the things he writes are my truth, and it appalls me to see his work condemned by people, such as Trina Robbins, who clearly have not spent enough time thinking about the context, intention, or cathar ...more
Apr 01, 2007 Cody rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'll admit that I am fascinated with R. Crumb as an artist and intriguing fellow, but I just didn't enjoy this collection. The best aspect of this work is definitely the cd featuring his many banjo antics. Speaking of, I highly recommend tracking down *Les Primitifs du Futur,* a musette band with which he plays occasionally.
Mark Plaid
May 14, 2009 Mark Plaid rated it really liked it
The R. Crumb Handbook combines the memories and reflections of hippy era underground cartoonist R. Crumb into a thick hardback little tome. Although co-authored by Peter Poplaski, this book reads more like an autobiography completely written on Crumb's own. I discovered Crumb's work in the 80s while attending high school and became a life long fan after that. I read many things about the life of Crumb and of course many of his comics, as many as I could. Some of the expected things from the man' ...more
David James
Jul 28, 2012 David James rated it really liked it
So much has been written about Crumb that I doubt I can add anything new. The man's art is simultaneously achingly beautiful and hideously repulsive, his narratives intellectually thought provoking and insanely pornographic. As he himself says more than once in the lengthy interview that comprises most of the text portion of this book, you have to take all of him, the good and the ugly. He spills it all out without restraint.

Part of my reason for only giving the book four stars is the physical s
Nov 11, 2011 Jeff rated it liked it
Previous to reading The R. Crumb Handbook, I always found Crumb's works to be somewhat overrated and occasionally outright dull. The handbook certainly gives me a different perspective, with its interesting mix of autobiography and a rich selection of the work itself. Given that so much of Crumb's work is overtly autobiographical in nature, knowing more about the artist does indeed enhance appreciation of his works. [return][return]I have mixed feelings about this, since it simply reinforces the ...more
Feb 08, 2015 Micah rated it really liked it
If you like odd ball and off the wall. With strange and deprived, Robert Crumb shows us what it is like to live in his head.

The art in this book reflects the authors mental state and how he has developed along his life.

This book is not for the faint of heart. If you like strange cartoons you might enjoy this book.
East Bay J
Jan 12, 2008 East Bay J rated it it was amazing
Fantastic! The R. Crumb Handbook is an awesome overview of the life of Robert Crumb, artist, musician and American original. This is an autobiography, Crumb's life in his own words and it's an extroardinary read. Crumb writes with a savvy, subversive wit that makes the stories of his childhood, artistic origins and career fun to read and even inspiring. There are literally hundreds of photographs, not to mention Crumb's amazing artwork. It's a treat for the eyes as well as the brain. The include ...more
Jan 11, 2008 jack rated it it was amazing
i love r. crumb more than anything. i know i just said that chris ware is a genius, and he is. but r. crumb is the type of genius that makes a genius like chris ware look like one of those kids that's always sucking on their sleeve in kindergarten and the sleeve is always wet and their mouth is all red and puffy and you think to yourself, "what is wrong with you? are you retarded? why are you eating your sleeve?"

yeah, he's that good.

this book is full of his beautiful perfect art and some of his
Jan 15, 2008 Malcolm rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Deadheads, Boomers,
Remember Mr. Natural, Keep on Truckin' and other weird and wonderful characters that peopled Robert Crumbs underground comix in the 1960's. This is the story of Crumb's life and a great collection of his cartoons and illustrations. A lot of his work is edgy and not for the prudish who might misunderstand the context of his work. A lot of it is satirical and way over the edge for many. Its a great read for those nostalgic for their youth. Malcolm Watts

Malcolm Watts is a novelist, writer, and pho
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Apr 01, 2009 Stop added it
Shelves: interviewees
STOP SMILING Issue 38, 20 Interviews , features a cover story interview with R. Crumb.

The STOP SMILING Third Annual 20 Interviews issue features a 10-page spread and interview of comic book artist R. Crumb.

Aug 07, 2012 Pascale rated it it was ok
An insight into the workings of the strange mind of amazing cartoonist Robert Crumb, this small square-shaped thick book is full of photos, artwork, etc. to satisfy the inquiring mind, -But, wait! There’s more!, including many drawings of a sexual nature, -not for the faint of heart-, and when it comes to Robert Crumb, we know that it’s all there in its minutely drawn details.
The book includes a CD of the Jazz group Crumb plays in, which I didn’t listen to, preferring to keep the sealed envelop
Jan 06, 2013 Dominick rated it really liked it
Chubby little book containing a first-person account by Crumb of some aspects of his life and philosophy, short passages from other authors (sometimes about Crumb), and scads of illustrations and Crumb comics. Simultaneously bulky and rather slight, a fairly general introduction that will offer few insights to anyone already seriously interested in Crumb, but nicely produced and illustrated. Not a bad intro for the neophyte. And the bonus CD sampler of Crumb's musical performances is a dandy ext ...more
Jul 04, 2008 Osopajamas rated it it was amazing
I've read a few books on Crumb but this one kicks all the rest in their flabby asses. The R. Crumb Handbook is only one to read if you want to get a broad picture of what's doing with this guy. This goes into the dirty details of what his family was like growing up, his work life pre and post-fame. Plus, as a huge bonus, it's loaded with photos, his art and a CD of the Crumb family, His Cheap Suit Serenaders and various musical groups he's played with over the years. Worth every word.
Simon Sweetman
Mar 01, 2015 Simon Sweetman rated it it was amazing
Mar 25, 2010 Jason rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I was a fool. There is something in us that is always looking for the hard-to-find ultimate experience. We wade through a lot of shit to get to the fulfillment of our dreams.

In my case, all my life I've been a slave to that butt. Yes, the motion of a big, round, human, female butt while she's walking has the same effect that the blossom has on the bee. To see is to desire! It's primal. It's an animal reflex.
Jul 23, 2010 Maxine rated it really liked it
Just when I thought I knew too much about R. Crumb, here comes this fat little book! This one does a good job at covering it all: the artist's childhood, life in the sixties, drugs, discontent with commercialism, sex perversions, the blatant racism, jazz music, old age. Move over, guy in those Dos Equis commercials...because Robert Crumb is...THE MOST INTERESTING MAN IN THE WORLD.
Mar 29, 2009 Jack rated it it was amazing
This came with a CD that had "Getta Load Of This" on it. I'd been looking for the song for decades now.

Not only is he a great comic artist, but he is a wonderful musician and preservationist of "old-timey" music... the washboard and banjo kind of folk-jazz from the turn of the century. He also has one of the most extensive collections of old vinyl recordings of anyone I know.
Tim Goral
Jan 12, 2012 Tim Goral rated it it was amazing
More than you would ever want to know about the man who helped mainstream "underground" comics. This book is a good companion to the multi-volume "The Complete Crumb Comics," and is probably the best place to start if you aren't familiar with his work.
Apr 09, 2012 Vittorio rated it it was amazing
Robert Crumb is a one of a kind talent. This book is a great overview of his body of work and is highly recommended! His wife Aline and daughter Sophie are immensely talented as well and it will be well worth your while to check them out.
Apr 04, 2008 Daniel rated it it was amazing
Great portrait of R. Crumb, his art, his views, his tastes...and it comes with a CD of his weird hippie banjo music. Hilarious and arousing...great starter book for anyone interested in the HUGE contribution Crumb has made to the art world.
Sep 08, 2013 Roxanna rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
I can't decide if I love Crumb or hate him. Either way I admire his self effacing honesty. Certainly worth reading if you're already into his comics, but I wouldn't start here if you've never heard of him before.
May 21, 2008 Tim added it
Great autobiographical overview of a comix legend-- his conversational tone and personal admissions have really influenced my efforts to write comic vignettes of my own personal experiences as a child.
Sep 18, 2007 Jennifer rated it really liked it
combined his work spanning decades and a biography in a really nicely bound edition with a cd of his music over the years and a bookmark of self-portraits. i'd give this four and a half stars, but i can't.
Amy Beth Eisenberg
Feb 07, 2009 Amy Beth Eisenberg rated it really liked it
I recommend getting a magnifying glass before you plow through this one, it's so small and dense I had a headache for a week after I finished it. Totally worth it though!
Dec 25, 2010 Sean rated it liked it
Sort of a dummy's guide to R Crumb. Entertaining, but the biography was thin (see the movie) and the comics just left me wishing I had read them instead.
Oct 26, 2008 Beau rated it it was amazing
This is a very entertaining book from the twisted mind of America’s best admirer of Ladies Bottoms.

Included R.Crumb's Music Sampler. Nifty!
Apr 03, 2012 Kiof rated it it was amazing
america's most quiet heretic. of course he had to move to france. seriously though, check this book out if you are 14 or 15.
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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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