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The R. Crumb Handbook by Robert Crumb
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Jul 28, 12

really liked it
Read from July 10 to 28, 2012

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 size of it. The pages are very small and hence the artwork is compressed and some of the dialogue is impossible to read. Granted pretty much anything by Crumb can be found elsewhere in larger reprint, but it would still be nice if this had been produced in a somewhat larger format.

That said, this is essential for Crumb fans (I'm not a big fan, but I do appreciate his work, even when it turns my stomach), and for new initiates, it's a good introduction to what the man is about.

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