Thursday, July 31, 2014

New Kerouac Etching


JACK KEROUAC
Etching by Robert Crumb


Rcrumb.com announces a new Jack Kerouac etching edition to be released Friday, November 21st. The portrait was drawn in 1985, and printed in this limited, signed edition in October of 2014, almost 30 years later. The edition is printed on white Hahnemuhle paper which is 11 x 12 inches. The embossed area is 6.75 x 7 inches. Each print is numbered, signed and dated by Crumb. Each print has been screen printed with "Jack Kerouac" under the image in light grey ink. Crumb's etching logo is also screen printed in in a lighter grey ink in the lower left hand corner.


A beautiful portrait, Crumb captures the sensitivity of Kerouac, and also the sadness which drove him to drink and ultimately to his death at the age of 47. 

$340 each






NEW PRINTS ADDED TO SPECIAL OFFERS
All official R.Crumb editions are sold directly to the public at low prices. Crumb is insistent on keeping his artwork as affordable as possible for all of his readers. Once an edition sells out, the print values increase. It's difficult to assess how much each print is worth. Auctions and prices on ebay help establish the market value. We are now offering selections of sold-out prints from Publisher Alexander Wood's personal collection. You can feel confident that if you're buying a print from rcrumb.com, you're getting an authentic print in perfect condition at a good price. 

As always, your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you have any questions about any of the prints, don't hesitate to contact me.
-- Alexander Wood, Publisher, November 2014

NEW OFFERS NOVEMBER 2014:

Heroes of the Blues Serigraph ..................................... $700

R. Crumb's Third Eye Serigraph (101/110)................. $750

Fritz the Cat Serigraph (printer's proof) ..................... $700

Head Comix Serigraph (163/200).................................. $700

Robert Johnson Serigraph (unsigned) (66/250)........ $490


PLUS CONTINUING OFFERS:

Despair Serigraph ............................................................ $800

Bigfoot Etching .................................................................. $800

On the Crest of a Wave Etching .................................... $800

Harmonica Blues Serigraph ........................................... $950

Adventures of R. Crumb Himself Serigraph............. $1000

Arcade #2 Serigraph ........................................................ $770

Mystic Funnies Serigraph ............................................... $770

Hair Magic Serigraph (Aline Kominsky)....................... $310


Please see the Special Offers page of the R.Crumb Site for details and ordering.



OUR NEXT PROJECT


R. Crumb's lengthy comic book/saga of Mr. Natural (circa 1976) will be reissued by the Official R.Crumb Site this January. Mr. Natural #3 (otherwise known as Crumb's War and Peace, as it's one continuous 40 page story) will be released along with a limited edition serigraph (around 80 prints to the edition) of the front cover in mid-January of 2015.  Watch for more announcements on this blog.










Thursday, June 5, 2014



Jelly Roll Morton's Voodoo Curse!

In 2002, Crumb created a new illustration for the cover of The Complete Crumb, Volume 16. This year, he enlarged that drawing (and edited other elements) to create our new serigraph edition. This is an edition of 90 prints using 17 colors. The image size is 12" x 11." The white paper is 19" x 18." Each print comes with a certificate of authenticity and your complete satisfaction or your money back. Signed by Robert Crumb. Below is the copy Crumb wrote for the certificate:

Jelly Roll Morton's Voodoo Curse
This drawing was originally made for the cover of The Complete Crumb, Volume 16 (2002), which contained a story of the same name, which in turn originally appeared in an issue of Raw Magazine (issue #7, 1985). This story was my graphic adaptation from a segment of the book Mister Jelly Roll by Alan Lomax, published in 1950. In this book, Lomax transcribed Jelly Roll Morton himself telling his own life story, recorded by Lomax for the Library of Congress circa 1940. These recordings of Jelly Roll Morton, in which he intermittently plays tunes on the piano and talks, are now commercially available to the public in a multi-volume set.

Jelly Roll Morton was born in New Orleans in the early 1880's of "Creole" parentage. Morton claimed that he "invented" jazz music in the year 1902. Although an arrogant, overbearing character, Morton was, in fact, a superior musician, composer and band leader. His career culminated in the late 1920's, a period in which he recorded many jazz masterpieces, mostly his own compositions, piano solos as well as small and large band performances.

Morton's supreme self-confidence began to falter around 1930 and bit by bit the trappings of worldly success fell away from him. His music publishing business failed, he suffered loss of prestige among his colleagues, his personal life went all to pieces. He attributed these misfortunes to the "underground forces" of Voodoo – the power of curses, spells, rituals, powders and potions imbued with the psychic power to cause him harm or bring bad luck. New Orleans, where he came from, had a very strong tradition of "Black Arts." Superstition? Who can say? I wouldn't presume.

-- R. Crumb, Southern France, 2014

$340 Each

Thursday, May 1, 2014

All Four Hup Titles Now Available!

The Official Crumb Site is very pleased to announce the release of Crumb's Hup comics. Part of a four series collection, these comic books have been out of print for many years now. Written and drawn in the early '80's, Crumb brings back Mr. Natural and Flakey Foont and also introduces Cheryl Borck, The Devil Girl! 

Many of Crumb's readers are only familiar with his work from the late 60's and early 70's. Yes, of course he created many inspired comics at that time. But the Hup Series takes on a whole new level of story-telling. In 1977, Crumb and his friend Terry Zwigoff spent months and months writing and rewriting scripts of Whiteman Meets Bigfoot to present to several producers in Hollywood. Crumb learned a lot about outlining, scripting and writing during that, what turned out to be, unsuccessful project. But it wasn't entirely unsuccessful; his comics changed after that. Instead of sitting down and starting with an empty page and letting the drawing lead him on, now Crumb would write the story before he drew it. It changed the cohesive nature of the strips, while strengthening his own style of writing and tempo. His illustrating had become stronger too.

Hup 1 starts with the Ruff-tuff Cream-Puffs as they Take Charge! Crumb amazingly predicts the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld Administration, which occurred some twenty years after he drew the piece. Next Crumb brings back Mr. Natural! Then the famous My Troubles with Women Part 2 follows that and Crumb finishes with Mr. Natural's return, but only this time with Cheryl Borck, the Devil Girl!
Hup #1 $5 Each  Buy Me 

Hup 2 presents The Mighty Power Fems, Crumb's x-rated satire of super hero comics. Next is his hilarious If I Were King, finishing off with the continuation of Flakey Foont's obsession with The Devil Girl in The Meeting. Who could blame him?
Hup #2 $5 Each  Buy Me 

Hup 3 (1989) contains: Crumb's whimsical, allegorical satire of himself with The Story of My Life!; an abridged excerpt of Sartre's Nausea; Crumb's take on the ugliness of America (Donald Trump); and the continuing story of Mr. Natural, Flakey Foont and THE DEVIL GIRL!
Hup #3 $5 Each  Buy Me 

Hup 4 (1992) contains: Can You Stand Alone and Face Up To the Universe?; Crumb illustrates his excursion to the Academy Awards; Crumb continues his obsession with women with You Can't Have Them All (Magnificent Specimens I Have Seen); and Crumb concludes with Mr. Natural, Flakey Foont and, what is to be the last story depicting THE DEVIL GIRL.
Hup #4 $5 Each  Buy Me 

 Please visit the Official R.Crumb Site (http://www.rcrumb.com) for more Crumb comix.



Upcoming Serigraph Edition

Crumb has revised and enlarged a drawing he made for the cover of The Complete Crumb Volume 16 (published in 2002) titled Jelly Roll Morton's Voodoo Curse. He made specific color changes and we are in the process of printing it right now. The expected 100 piece edition will be finished by the time Crumb is on the west coast so he can sign the edition without the added transatlantic shipping expense (and customs hassle). It will be finished, signed and released in late May. Below is a black-and-white preview of the image, which will be printed in full color.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

New Comix Release


  
The Official R.Crumb Site is very pleased to announce the release of Crumb's Hup 1 and Hup 2 comics books. Part of a four series collection (Hup 3 and Hup 4 will be released next month), these comic books have been out of print for many years now. Written and drawn in the early '80s, Crumb brings back Mr. Natural and Flakey Foont and also introduces Cheryl Borck, The Devil Girl! 

Many of Crumb's readers are only familiar with his work from the late '60s and early '70s. Yes, of course he created many inspired comics at that time. But the Hup Series takes on a whole new level of story-telling. In 1977, Crumb and his friend Terry Zwigoff spent months and months writing and rewriting scripts of Whiteman Meets Bigfoot to present to several producers in Hollywood. Crumb learned a lot about outlining, scripting and writing during that, what turned out to be, unsuccessful project. But it wasn't entirely unsuccessful; his comics changed after that. Instead of sitting down and starting with an empty page and letting the drawing lead him on, now Crumb would write the story before he drew it. It changed the cohesive nature of the strips, while strengthening his own style of writing and tempo. His illustrating had become stronger too. 


Hup 1 starts with the Ruff-tuff Cream-Puffs as they Take Charge! Crumb amazingly predicts the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld Administration, which occurred some twenty years after he drew the piece. Next Crumb brings back Mr. Natural! Then the famous My Troubles with Women Part 2 follows that and Crumb finishes with Mr. Natural's return, but only this time with Cheryl Borck, the Devil Girl!

Hup 2 presents The Mighty Power Fems, Crumb's x-rated satire of super hero comics. Next is his hilarious If I Were King, finishing off with the continuation of Flakey Foont's obsession with The Devil Girl in The Meeting. Who could blame him?
Hup #1 $5 Each  Buy Me 
Hup #2 $5 Each  Buy Me  
 Please visit the Official R.Crumb Site (http://www.rcrumb.com) for more Crumb comix.



New "Crumb on Others" Interview

Read the latest "Crumb on Others" interview (part eight) between Robert and Wildwood Serigraphs publisher Alex Wood. Crumb gives his opinions on the famous and infamous, including frank comments on his parents and brother Charles.

Also, we have updated our collection of Robert's Custom Signatures on prints made by Wildwood over the last twelve years with new submissions by our readers, thank you.


New Site Design

Please check out our new "mobile-friendly" site design. The site is now viewable on phones and tablets, as well as computers.
(http://www.rcrumb.com)



Monday, January 27, 2014

The R.Crumb Site is pleased to announce a new etching edition, 
On the Crest of a Wave.

In 1990, Crumb drew this cartoon for the cover of Fantagraphic's The Complete Crumb Volume 6. The volume contained his work created on the crest of the wave, late 1969 and early 1970, just before the youth movement came crashing down. Crumb's talents as an editorial cartoonist are well displayed here, humorously summarizing his generation's youthful and naive expectation for a better world. Crumb recently told printer Alex Wood, "There were very few people who were aware the wave was going to crash when we were on the crest." And the cartoon depicts this: there are several terrified hippies who are aware of the impending confrontation with reality. Crumb reworked the illustration for this etching edition.

Image size: aproximately 9" x 7". Emboss size: 10" x 8.5". Paper size: 14" x 13".
Printed on archival Hahnemuhle paper. 50 in the edition, 5 artist proofs, 3 printer proofs. Guaranteed satisfaction.

$350 Each  
 Please visit the Official R.Crumb Site (http://www.rcrumb.com) for more authorized Robert Crumb prints.

Thursday, December 5, 2013










Signed Artist Proofs

The R.Crumb Site is pleased to announce our Artist Proofs Sale of signed proofs from sold-out editions. 

About Artist's Proofs: Each edition sets aside a certain amount of prints exclusively for the artist, not to exceed 10% of the edition. So if there are 120 prints in the edition, Crumb will receive 12 artist proofs for his own use. He can frame them, give them as presents, sell them, burn 'em, do whatever he wants with them. Here, he is thankfully selling them. An artist proof may vary slightly in one or two colors compared to the rest of the edition, and therefore be relegated to proof rather than to the edition, where all prints must be completely unified in color, clarity and quality. But most of Wildwood's artist proofs are exactly the same as the rest of the edition. All are hand-signed by Robert Crumb.

Monica Delivers the Pizza etching, signed artist proof ....................... $900

Twas Ever Thus Serigraph, signed artist proof  .................................... $900

Despair Serigraph, signed artist proof  .................................................... $900

Janis Joplin etching, signed artist proof  ................................................. $900

Mr. Natural Conjures the Devil Girl Serigraph, signed artist proof  .. $900

Heroes of the Blues Serigraph, signed artist proof  ............................. $900

Cradle to Grave Serigraph, signed artist proof  ..................................... $950

And in our one-print-only Winter Print Sale:

San Francisco Comics Serigraph ............................................................. $650

Mystic Funnies Serigraph ............................................................................ $800

Footsy Serigraph ............................................................................................ $800

Arcade #2 Serigraph ...................................................................................... $800

Aline Kominsky's Hair Magic Serigraph ................................................... $310

Also Sophie Crumb hardcover book on sale:

Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist................................................. $15

Please see the Special Offers page of the R.Crumb Site for these and other offerings.

New "Crumb on Others" Interview


Check out the latest "Crumb on Others" interview (part seven) between Robert and Wildwood Serigraphs publisher Alex Wood. Crumb gives his opinions on the famous and infamous, including Annette Funicello, Lenny Bruce and Harvey Pekar.

Also, we have updated our collection of Robert's Custom Signatures on prints made by Wildwood over the last twelve years with new submissions by our readers, thank you.

Wildwood Prints

Over the years, printer Alexander Wood has created over a dozen serigraph reproductions of images he enjoys. Some of them were Japanese woodblock prints, some old world maps and even a John Tenniel illustration. Some were editions with other cartoonists (Lynda Barry, Charles Burns). Some of these editions are still available and presented to the rcrumb.com site for the first time at Wildwood Prints.

All of the editions are printed on archival paper with archival ink. All are hand-pulled and committed to the same quality that you enjoy in Crumb's editions.





Friday, July 5, 2013

Giant Summer Print Sale













The R.Crumb Site is pleased to announce our Giant Summer Print Sale of rare lithographs and etchings from sold-out editions. Publisher Alex Wood is offering select prints from his personal collection at the most reasonable prices available. Their authenticity and quality is guaranteed by Wildwood Serigraphs and the Official R.Crumb Site

"Crumb and I have done around two dozen editions, most of them serigraphs, but some etching editions as well. All of our editions are sold directly to the public (not through any galleries) at extremely low prices. I've had people in the "Art Biz" tell me the artwork would sell better if it were priced higher, that no one is going to take any artwork seriously if it's priced below a grand. But that's not how we feel, and Crumb is insistent on keeping his artwork as affordable as possible for all of his readers.

"Once an edition sells out, the print values increase, of course. It's difficult to assess how much each print is worth. Prices on ebay help establish the market value, and also auctions. I've heard, for example, that the Cheap Thrills print sold for as much as $2,800, and selling regularly at $2,500 in galleries. All I know is we try to offer any sold out print at the lower end of the spectrum. I want people to feel confident that if they're buying a print from rcrumb.com, they're getting an authentic print in perfect condition at a good price."

Alex Wood, Publisher


Cheap Thrills Serigraph ................................................. $1200

Harmonica Blues Serigraph ......................................... $1100

Adventures of R.Crumb Serigraph ............................. $1100

Mr. Natural Conjures the Devil Girl Serigraph ............ $850

Despair Serigraph .............................................................. $800

Zap Comix #0 Serigraph ................................................... $800

Twas Ever Thus Serigraph ............................................... $800

Heroes of the Blues Serigraph ....................................... $750

San Francisco Comics Serigraph ................................. $750

Mystic Funnies Serigraph ............................................... $900

Third Eye Serigraph .......................................................... $800

Footsy Serigraph ............................................................... $900

Fritz the Cat Serigraph ..................................................... $800

Robert Johnson Serigraph (signed) ........................... $1000

Robert Johnson Serigraph (unsigned) ......................... $450

Head Comix Serigraph ..................................................... $760

Arcade #2 Serigraph ......................................................... $900

Beloved Music Makers Portfolio .................................... $700

Mendocino Grapevine Etching ........................................ $950

Burned Out Etching ........................................................... $850

Monica Delivers the Pizza Etching ................................ $950

Janis Joplin Etching .......................................................... $850


Please see the Special Offers page of the R.Crumb Site for these and other offerings.


PS:
I also want to give everyone a heads-up that Crumb and I are going to publish his Hup comic books (there are four of them). They've been out of print from some time now, and we're planning on printing and releasing Hup #1 around Christmas time. I'm very excited about that, because the Hup series are some of my favorite Crumb comics of all time. 

Alex