The complete Crumb: The early '80s & Weirdo magazine

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Fantagraphics Books, Sep 1, 2000 - Comics & Graphic Novels - 111 pages
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This volume features the beginning of a seminal period of both Crumb's life and comics history with the first eight issues of Weirdo magazine, edited and anchored by Crumb, including the legendary strips, Uncle Bob's Mid-Life Crisis and I Remember the Sixties. Also included are collaborations with Harvey Pekar from the pages of American Splendor, rare music-related art, Crumb's final contributions to Winds of Change magazine, and much more. Including the entirety of Crumb's published oeuvre, as well as unpublished comics and illustrations, The Complete Crumb Comics series (along with its companion series, The R. Crumb Sketchbooks) is an invaluable addition to any comics library. The whole idea for Weirdo magazine came to me in a flash in the fall of 1980. I was performing my daily meditation exercise one day when the vision of this kooky, screwball magazine erupted in all its tacky, low-life, dumbass essence, a style-mix of the old 1940s and '50s girlie-and-cartoon "joke books," Harvey Kurtzman's early Mad and Humbug and their sleazy imitators, and the self-published "punk" zines of the period. I got very excited. I became obsessed. From the introduction by R. Crumb

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Contents

American Splendor Assaults the Media
10
The Weirdo Makeover
23
Sharon Karen in Karen Meets Bo
36

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About the author (2000)

Born in Philadelphia, R. Crumb is the author of numerous comic works and one of the pioneers of underground comics. His books include Kafka, The Complete Crumb Comics (17 volumes), The R. Crumb Sketchbook (10 volumes), R. Crumb Draws the Blues, The Book of Mr. Natural, the #1 New York Times bestseller The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb, "R. Crumb: The Complete Record Cover Collection", and many more. He lives in the south of France with his wife, the artist Aline Kominsky-Crumb.

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