Gotta Have 'Em

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Gotta Have 'Em

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He's been called a genius and a "world-class malcontent." R. Crumb, the visionary founder of the underground comics movement and unwilling hipster to multiple generations, celebrated for his viciously funny take on modern America, is also lauded as a draughtsman on par with Breughel. For the first time ever, his drawings of women are collected in one brilliantly offensive yet hilarious volume, in chronological order, spanning the 38 years since his pen-and-ink beginnings. The usual fetishes are on display, natch--the built-from-the-ground-up body type, the lovingly fixated-upon solid thighs and buttocks--but so is Crumb's heart, on his sleeve, in the great tenderness with which he has rendered the women in his life. They're all here: his high-school crushes, his paramours, the girls and women who tormented him--and to whom he gave it right back--or who caught his eye on the street, and, of course, his wife and fiery sometime collaborator, Aline, and their daughter Sophie. Add to this his mistress of fifteen years, and you have not only a catalogue raisonne of Crumb's portraits of women but also a revealing record of a passionate life. Crumb calls it "an autobiography of sorts" and it is--these aren't just portraits of women but the most intimate portrait of Crumb's life in love.

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Robert Crumb was born in Philadelphia in 1943. His first cartooning efforts as a child were inspired by his older brother Charles, with whom he would collaborate on elaborate comic book projects. He left home at age 19 to become a greeting card artist in Cleveland and later moved to San Francisco, where, after experimenting with LSD, he founded ZAP Comix. He is considered the father of the underground comics movement in America, and his characters Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural have become counterculture icons. His work has been featured in numerous publications, galleries, and museum shows, and he is the subject of the Terry Zwygoff documentary Crumb. In 1993 he traded six of his sketchbooks for a house in a remote village in the south of France, where he now lives.

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