Crumb interview

Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
Thanks, Roni! Crumb's sketchbooks have in out for years, but it's the first time I´ve seen them as hard cover boxed sets. Too bad, they're so expensive - 6000 DKK per box, that's over $1100, and we're talking two box sets. Still, they look beautiful and they're limited editions of 1000 copies. I just wish I could afford to spend $2200.
 

Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
Speaking of the Crumb sketchbooks box sets from Taschen, I just stumbled over a new issue of the Taschen Magazine in which they mention the box sets, but also shows a couple of rare photos of Crumb shot by a guy named Harry Benson for Life Magazine for an article on Crumb. However, Life Magazine changed their mind after having seen some of Crumb's art involving naked people. Here's the Taschen Magazine article with the rare Crumb photos:


BensonPhoto-1.jpg BensonPhoto-2.jpg
 

Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
Great stuff! I did´nt know Crumb played some of his old records on radio. Thanks...
 

d gray

tried to do his best but could not
Founding member
i know, it's great. and his background info about the music is really interesting.

and who knew the history of shellac could be so compelling...
 
in Germany they recently published the two Buk-Crumb-colaborations 'There's No Business' and 'Bring me Your Love' in one slim volume with all the illustrations and bilingual. That's nice.

But they made a major editor's-mistake:
the original English text and the German translation aren't printed on facing pages side-by-side. They follow each another. How stupid!
 

Pogue Mahone

Officials say drugs may have played a part
I do some trades with Crumb's brother-in-law... Buk/Crumb collaborations for Crumb signed stuff. That sig looks different from any sig I've seen, so I sent the link to him. He says there is "no way in hell" that's Crumb's signature.
 
[...] there is "no way in hell" that's Crumb's signature.
interesting.
Since he's the expert, I do trust his judgment. No complaints from my side.


Makes me curious, though, concerning the provenience of this item:
Seems, it's a 'Zweitausendeins'-production (they did work together with Crumb personally for years and decades, that's for sure).
Of course, this does not grant, that this autograph is legit.

We'd need to know, where MM got this from.
Was it a sort of 'signed-edition' officially sold by 'Zweitausendeins' from the beginning? Then it should be ok.
Or did he buy it from some (obscure) source as being signed? [doesn't sound like him, to me.] Or did he himself hand the book to Crumb to sign it? [I, personally, would rule out that, because MM wouldn't have asked to sign on such an odd page.]

as I said, I do believe you and him, being experts.
I dunno shit about Crumb.
I only wonder.
(sometimes.)
 
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Pogue Mahone

Officials say drugs may have played a part
I really didn't want to mention this because he still owes mé at least $200.00 worth of product, but the guy is crazier than a shit house rat. That said, he knows Crump's shit, and I told him that Crump should send a note if it's not legit. So if Crump actually sends the note and they take it down, then that's what it is. They all live together in a house in France that Crumb traded for a sketch book. The brother in law buys stuff on eBay, gets Crumb to sign it and sells it for top dollar. There's a NYT article that mentions this. Like I said, he's crazy, but he knows his shit.
 

Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
I´m sure the signature is legit. Crumb often signed his books in capital letters. I saw such Crumb signatures when I visited the Lambiek comic book shop in Amsterdam some years ago. I too, had my doubts about the signatures but the shop owner told me they were real and that Crumb himself signed the books when he visited the shop a few years earlier on.
Still, it's not what I would call a "signature" and if I one day should buy a signed book by Crumb I´ll make sure it's got one of his "real" signatures.
I´ve often wondered if he signed some of his books in capital letters as a way of protesting the "signature frenzy" collectors suffers from because I remember him telling a comic shop employee who wanted his autograph that he did´nt believe in autographs so the employee did´nt get one. I believe the scene is in the Crumb documentary by Terry Zwigoff.
 

mjp

Founding member
Crumb often signed his books in capital letters.
He used to, yes. But if you compare one of those to the signature in this thread there are a couple of things that are kind of the opposite of characteristics in a Crumb block letter signature, and that makes this one look very wrong. Just saying. I'm no expert either.
 

Bukfan

"The law is wrong; I am right"
I see! I must admit I have´nt compared this capital letter signature to some of his earlier ones. It certainly would be easy to fake a capital letter signature.
 

Pogue Mahone

Officials say drugs may have played a part
I'm sorry I stepped into this pile of cow shit. I know NOTHING sbout Crumb's signitures. The only thing that seemed strange was that Crumb seemed to put some value in his signature and this one seems void of that.
 
All I can compare it to is my signed copy of The Captain... and the meticulousness with which that is signed (albeit in the more standard cursive fashion) makes this all caps signature look odd. But I'm less of an expert than others here.
 
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Arena documentaries have been a great discovery for me. The best one I've found so far was the one on Burroughs. Really comprehensive! In this one, I love the posture of Crumb when he's looking through at the women who are exercising to music (05:00), it's a perfect caricature of his own work!!! I'm surprised they didn't get security to throw out the 'old pervert'! :wb:
 

d gray

tried to do his best but could not
Founding member
I love the posture of Crumb when he's looking through at the women who are exercising to music (05:00), it's a perfect caricature of his own work!!! I'm surprised they didn't get security to throw out the 'old pervert'! :wb:

yeah, that was great. his rap about the "age of the amazon" was hilarious too.
 
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