Nov. 28, 2010 | 1:12 p.m.
Hero Complex contributor Deborah Vankin visited with Joyce Farmer, who is poised to become a rediscovered figure on the comics scene…. Joyce Farmer is a surprise. The gentle, white-haired 71-year-old, whom you’d half expect to greet you at the door with a pan of steaming muffins, recently has emerged as one of the most provocative voices in the comics and graphic-literature landscape. Her debut book, the 208-page illustrated memoir “Special Exits,” chronicling the slow, freaky decline and ultimate death of her elderly parents, comes out next week from Fantagraphics carrying the enthusiastic endorsement of no less than R. Crumb. “It’s a completely unique work,” he says. “Nobody else will ever do anything like that again.” To be fair, Farmer is more of a reemerging voice in comics. She was born and brought up in South Los Angeles and was a feminist figure in […]
Nov. 10, 2010 | 3:06 p.m.
R. Crumb rarely grants interviews, but he did get on the phone this week with Los Angeles Times writer Deborah Vankin, who will be covering the more literary-minded end of the comic sector for Hero Complex, and the conversation veered from corporate greed to senior sex to his upcoming work with his wife, Aline Kominsky-Crumb. DV: What comics are you reading these days? RC: All I read anymore is investigative journalism. You name it. Scandalous political stuff, the pharmaceutical industry, all that crap. I’m fascinated by that stuff. There’s many heroic underappreciated investigative journalists. Celia Farber, Jon Stauber – “Toxic Sludge Is Good For You” is a great book. Naomi Klein – Jesus, I read her latest book and found that really impressive. “The Shock Doctrine.” DV: “Genesis,” which was a success both critically and commercially, is behind you, what are you […]
Nov. 01, 2009 | 5:37 p.m.
Reed Johnson, one of the best cultural journalists in the country, caught up with R. Crumb to talk about his new biblical excursions. Here’s an excerpt from the piece. It’s a good one. — G.B. The artist who gave the comic-book world Mr. Natural, Angelfood McSpade and Fritz the Cat has a new cast of characters: Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham and, well, You Know Who. R. Crumb, the Albrecht Dürer of the urban demimonde, has just published “The Book of Genesis Illustrated” (W.W. Norton), a profusely pictorial, surprisingly faithful version of the first 50 chapters of the Old Testament. In theory, the project may strike some as perverse, like having Charles Bukowski pen the script for a remake of “It’s a Wonderful Life.” But as he writes in his introduction, Crumb conceived his work as a “straight illustration job, with no […]
Oct. 15, 2009 | 5:48 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale for “An Evening with R. Crumb” at UCLA’s Royce Hall on Oct. 29, an event that ties into the iconoclastic cartoonist’s exhibit at the Hammer and his intriguing (and provocative) new hardcover “The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb.“ Here’s a blurb from the museum about the exhibit (which begins Oct. 24 and runs through February) and a few of the pieces that will be on display. The Hammer Museum presents seminal comic artist R. Crumb’s adaptation of the first book of the Old Testament, the Book of Genesis. Crumb has spent the last five years on this incredibly ambitious endeavor. The exhibition features 207 individual, black and white drawings incorporating every word from all fifty chapters, as well as a cover, title page, introduction and back cover. Each drawing contains six to eight comic panels […]