Robert Crumb. Sketchbook

Author(s): Robert Crumb (Illustrator)

graphic novels

Crumb, Crumb, and More Crumb
Volume 4 of the celebrated sketchbook series from the incomparable R. Crumb
br/> The first three volumes of this series were met with fervent acclaim from our readers, most of whom have been lying in wait for an affordable trade edition since the $ 1,000 boxed sets appeared. They laud these 440-page editions for their quality hardcover, elegant matte paper, and impeccable reproduction as the best of the best--the perfect tribute to the world's favorite dirty old man.

Expect this book to be no different. Combining volumes 7 and 8 from the first boxed set (confusing, we know), it spans the years 1982 to 1989, a period when the artist was comfortably ensconced in rural California, raising his young daughter Sophie, who appears throughout this volume. But Crumb was still Crumb, declaring in one drawing, above a lovingly rendered tree, "As I get older I get more twisted, convoluted, depraved, cynical, embittered, self-centered, jaded, debauched, ruthless, greedy, conceited, set-in-my-ways, long-winded, absent-minded, prejudiced, closed-minded, misanthropic, nervous..."

To prove this self-flagellating analysis he fills the pages with his signature perversions (in country settings), scathing social commentary, cruel self-portraits, experimental cubism... and some lovely sylvan landscape. His mastery of the Rapidograph pen is at its zenith here in his 40s; we only wish he'd chosen to include his prescient comic of Donald Trump from 1989.


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Product Information

General Fields

  • : 9783836566964
  • : taschen
  • : taschen
  • : August 2018
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Robert Crumb (Illustrator)
  • : Hardback
  • : 448