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Drawn Together. R. Crumb, Aline Crumb

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  181 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Hardcover, 264 pages
Published October 1st 2012 by Knockabout Comics (first published 2012)
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Nice to have all the Crumb collabs in one volume, and a handsome volume this is indeed. As a longtime reader of both ahtists (Aline’s work in particular was a huge influence on me in my earliest zine-making years), I really appreciated revisiting these jams. The comics date back from the early-to-mid 70’s all the way into 2010, quite a feat of creative longevity! The first stories, originally published by Last Gasp as two issues of Dirty Laundry comics in the 70’s, have their share of problems - ...more
Seriously compromised by the fact that I just don't like Kominsky's work and find her persona one-note and grating. I suppose her persona is no more one-note than Crumb's really, but the fact that he can really draw and she really can't (that may be a harsh judgement; let me say instead that her primitive, "naive" style does not appeal to me) goes a long way toward making his self-depiction a lot more tolerable. Heck, even the book acknowledges that most readers love Crumb and can't stand her, w ...more
Jul 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm such a fan of Aline. She is a genius! While it is easy to appreciate the artistic talent of R. Crumb, there is a depth to Aline's art that really strikes at art reflecting emotion. It makes me sad to think that she has received flack all her life for being a hack next to her husband. She is totally right in one comic where she describes Robert's art as being "slick" and hers having more "soul." I think it is totally fascinating to be a voyeur in their lives too as they worked on these comics ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Good coffee table book but does not inspire a ton of enjoyment in reading. Some have reviewed this book blaming its faults on Aline but they're full of shit if they want to pretend Robert's contribution is not equally boring. I was hoping this book would be more slice of life work regarding their family, their marriage, or even their artistic process. It is not- it is purely the collab comics they have made together. I am torn on this review because I had a false idea of this book (not their fau ...more
David Schaafsma
Sort of a family history, a collection of collaborative work by the great Robert Crumb, one of the top five most influential comics artists in the history of comics, and his wife of 35 plus years. Edgy, offensive, funny, weird, as all of Crumb's work. Never boring. Aline is a different kind of artist, simpler, less polished, but she is also very influential in her own right. To see the two styles together is a little jarring, but it's still valuable to have all these in one collection. They star ...more
Dec 07, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've read a lot of Robert Crumb comix; I've even read some of Aline's solo stuff. This volume combines artwork from both of them within each story.
Although it is an interesting glimpse into their relationship and (mostly) their life in France, it is disconcerting having Aline's primitive style in the same frames as Robert's polished drawings. Even when Charles Burns and Art Spiegleman make cameo appearances it is easier to tolerate than Aline's artwork.
Even though I enjoy the dialogue interpla
I've always loved Aline Kominsky-Crumb's comics, ever since I discovered her (I think) in a Twisted Sisters anthology. Oddly enough I encountered her work before I had seen much of Robert Crumb's, and at the time I was a bit put off his work by charges of sexism. This book is an anthology of comics Robert and Aline did together, basically airing their "dirty laundry." It's raunchy, it's TMI, and I love it. Occasionally I grew a bit tired of reading about their fabulous life in the south of Franc ...more
This was a fun panorama of R. and A. Crumb's family life, drawn by the both of them (and sometimes by their talented daughter Sophie). I have the complete collection of Weirdo Comics which they created and edited back in the late '80s, and these introduced me to Bob 'n' Aline's collaborative work, and to their rambunctious, free-spirited daughter. Well, this collection brings the story of their lives together pretty much up to the present day. It was a pleasure to get to know them a little bette ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Some of the book was boring, some offensive. Much of it was endearing, in a perverse way. It was nice to see how their very different personalities play off of each other. They don't hold back anything, but then they never have (I already knew plenty about their sex life before picking up this book, and I didn't need to know more, but it comes with the territory). I liked reading about village life in France. There's also plenty of casual sexism and anti-Semitism. Ugh.
Matthew Stolte
This book is going to take almost as long to read as The Complete Letters of Vincent van Gogh. Not a bad thing.
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: browsed-through
Impressive but just not on the mood for depravity.
Jul 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite wordy, but a fitting style for depicting the Crumbs. Tee hee
Ricardo Rodríguez Quintero
Aline Kominsky y Robert Crumb son dos de los rostros más reconocidos de la escena del cómic alternativo norteamericano. Podríamos pensar que el trazo sinuoso, honesto y profano —casi ingenuo e infantil— que brota de los dedos de Aline, sería incompatible, al menos en una misma viñeta, con el despliegue de destreza y el detalladísimo montaje de tramas y claroscuro con el que suele construir Robert sus muy característicos dibujos. Y no siempre nos equivocaríamos.

Este tomo compila historietas de es
Stewart Tame
Jun 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robert and Aline have been drawing comics together almost as long as they've known each other. Robert Crumb, of course, is no stranger to jam comics, having grown up drawing them with his brothers, not to mention many underground comics artists in the pages of Zap. But his jams with Aline have always been special. One can trace the course of their relationship from their first meeting through marriage and the birth of their daughter and their move to France up through the present day. Even withi ...more
I have enjoyed quite some of Robert Crumb's works in the past. Sadly, I can't say the same about Kominsky's. Nevertheless, I gave it a try and secretly hoped to like the experience. It didn't really work out…

I keep wondering.. why, Robert? WHYYY? Why did you put up with this? Why did you wait for Aline to finish a certain story? Sure, you can't rush things… and probably you had other things going on as well… but 2 years? Come on?! :D
You should have finished it all by yourself.. and I might have
Feb 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm an 18 year old male and a huge fan of Roberts and this one didn't strike my fancy like most do, probably because he wasn't hopped up on whatever drugs he used to do, but it was a decent read, not as creative as his usual stuff but it could be because he is getting old. I always like old crumb though
Jan 25, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Standard Crumb fare, enjoyable as ever.

notes, favorite art
161..stepping over the Atlantic
165..making bed
236..why do Jewish people have short necks?
(shrug shoulders & throw up hands)
244..Marfan's syndrome
William Savage
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the greatest commentaries ever written on life as a couple.
Argh! Overdue at the library. Going to have to find this for myself!
Nov 02, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The parts that were good were done by Robert.
Emilyplays Blackinton Baker
Sometimes it is better not to peek behind the curtain.
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having really gotten in to Robert Crumb as a young teenager, I'd never been to sure about the collaborative work been R & A Crumb, but this book allowed me to see the collaborative pieces anew.
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