Thursday, July 31, 2014

Huge Summer Print Sale














HUGE SUMMER PRINT SALE!
Crumb and I have done around 30 editions; around 24 serigraphs, and about six etching editions as well. All of our editions are sold directly to the public (not through any galleries) at extremely low prices. I've been told by people in the art business that 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 thousand. 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. It's difficult to assess how much each print is worth. Prices on ebay help establish the market value, and also auctions. There's also Expressobeans.com which tries to give the print history for the resale market. 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. Each July, we sell from my collection of prints or Crumb's artist proofs.
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, July 2014


Twas Ever Thus Serigraph ............................................... $770

Despair Serigraph .............................................................. $770

R. Crumb's Third Eye Serigraph ..................................... $770

R. Crumb's Third Eye Etching ........................,,,,............. $800

Mr. Natural Does the Dishes Serigraph ........................ $570

San Francisco Comic Book Serigraph ......................... $770

Zap Comics #0 Serigraph ................................................ $800

Mr. Natural #2 Serigraph .................................................. $770

Cheap Thrills Serigraph ................................................. $1370

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

Robert Johnson Serigraph (signed) ............................. $970

Robert Johnson Serigraph (unsigned) ........................ $490

Fritz the Cat Serigraph ..................................................... $740

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

Head Comix Serigraph .................................................... $700

Monica Delivers the Pizza Etching ............................... $900

Woodman, Spare that Tree Etching ............................. $900

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

Footsy Serigraph ............................................................... $770


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


NEW CRUMB INTERVIEW

Be sure to check out the latest "Crumb on Others" interview (part nine) between Robert and Wildwood Serigraphs publisher Alex Wood. Crumb gives his opinions on the famous and infamous, including Karl Marx, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe and others.






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.





Thursday, October 24, 2013



Kafka
Serigraph by Robert Crumb

Wildwood Serigraphs is pleased to announce the release of a new Crumb serigraph edition: Crumb's watercolor portrait of Franz Kafka.


In the early 90's, Crumb collaborated with author David Mairowitz to create an "Introducing Kafka" book. However, the original watercolor illustration that Crumb painted for the cover of the book (he sent to England where the publisher was located) was never returned, and has been missing since. This wonderful portrait was used for the first several editions, but subsequently never used again as the publisher went out of business and succeeding publishers had neither the artwork nor films to use that portrait again. I had always admired the skill and beauty of the portrait, but given the book's small size, a reproduction would be nearly impossible. Surely a photographic reproduction (for instance, a giclee print) would only enlarge the mechanical dots that were created in the offset printing process when the book was printed. 

But I have taken the many, many hours necessary to enlarge, trace and manipulate (with Photoshop and by hand) all the different shades of green and grey required to recreate this beautiful watercolor into a serigraph edition. 34 colors were used to capture Crumb's watercolor portrait, creating an edition of 120 prints, all numbered, dated and signed by Crumb. He has also titled each piece, under the center of the portrait, "Kafka." 

The cream archival rag paper us 11 inches by 16.5 inches.The image size is 8.25" x 10.25". Each print comes with our unconditional guarantee for your complete satisfaction or your money back. 


$375 each



Crumb comments on the illustration:

This portrait of Franz Kafka was done originally in the early 1990s for the cover of a book called Kafka for Beginners, written by my friend David Mairowitz, profusely illustrated by me, and published by Icon Books in England as one in a long series of “for Beginners” books.  These books were meant to be an introduction to historically significant figures such as Carl Marx, Sigmund Freud, Charles Darwin, Voltaire and so on.  All the books were profusely illustrated by various artists, with minimal text.  When Mairowitz first approached me with the proposal that I illustrate his text for the book, I had never read anything by Kafka.  I knew nothing about him or his writings.  I agreed to take it on mainly because of the $10,000 dollar advance being offered by the publisher.  I needed the money, plain and simple.

Then I started reading Kafka, the short stories, the novels.  I got deep into it and found myself profoundly identifying with the author.  I felt a kinship, a closeness with him, though he died in 1924.  It was strange, eerie even, but it made illustrating his work and scenes from his life a much more enjoyable occupation than it might have been otherwise.

In the process of getting so close, so tight with Kafka while graphically interpreting his work, I developed my own theory about his writing. Well who knows?  It’s possible that Kafka scholars have come up with the same theory.  How would I know?  Kafka had a full time desk job in an insurance company office and did his writing mostly at night.  He lived at home with his parents, had to get up early to go to work.  He was constantly sleep deprived.  In his best writing “K” stumbles through a dreamlike world.  I think Kafka was probably often very drowsy while he sat at his desk late in the night.  He was half asleep, in the hypnagogic state as he wrote.  I imagine his head nodding forward, his eyelids heavy, forcing himself to keep writing, the text getting stranger and stranger.  The conscious mind when fully awake simply doesn’t allow this kind of free association.  Kafka was hip enough to recognize this hypnagogic writing as a good thing, and obviously let it stand as he had written it.  Part of what’s called “genius” by society is just the quirky, odd-ball gift some people have of trusting what comes out of their subconscious minds.  Not a good quality for getting through life, but good for the art.

R. Crumb  Southern France  October, 2013



THE WEIRDO YEARS: 1982–'93




The collected works of Robert Crumb which appeared in 28 issues of his Weirdo comic book published between 1981 and 1993. Some of his best stories are here: Life of Boswell, The Old Songs Are the Best Songs, I Remember the 60's, I'm Grateful! I'm Grateful!, Uncle Bob's Mid-life Crisis and Kraft Ebbing's Psycopathia Sexualis. All contained in a hardcover book containing 268 pages.

$27 each

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