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

Buy Me 
(Domestic shipping via USPS Media Mail $5, international shipping $25.)

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

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Hair Magic

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HAIR MAGIC
by Aline Kominsky-Crumb


We are pleased to offer this triptych print by Crumb spouse Aline Kominsky-Crumb as a very limited (only 5 prints!) signed giclee. The left portrait is a portrait of Cookie, Aline's mother's beautician. The middle portrait is one of Cookie's clients. The right portrait is Aline's "Barbie" self-portrait.

Paper is 24" x 14.5". Each portrait is 6.5" x 8". Each print is numbered, signed and dated by Aline Kominsky-Crumb. Edition of 5 prints. Each print $310. For more information, including Aline's background story about the making of this print, see the Special Offers page of the Official Crumb Site.

$310 each




SAN FRANCISCO COMIC BOOK
Limited Edition Giclee Print


Because of the many requests for this image, we're pleased to release a new giclee edition of San Francisco Comics. Drawn for the cover of San Francisco Comics (#3) in 1970, this image was later used to create a signed limited edition serigraph in 2009. That edition sold out several years ago, and we're now releasing a new unsigned version of it. The giclee edition is slightly smaller with brighter grass and a more pale hippie skin. 

300 in the edition. Paper size: 17" x 24". Image size 13" x 18". Printed on Somerset Velvet 255 gram archival paper with Epson archival Ultrachrome inks. Your complete satisfaction is guaranteed.

$80 each



"CRUMB ON OTHERS" INTERVIEW
Part Six

Check out the latest "Crumb on Others" interview (part six) between Robert and Wildwood Serigraphs publisher Alex Wood. Crumb continues to give his opinions on the famous and infamous, including Roman Polanski, Mitch Miller, Howdy Doody and J. Edgar Hoover.


Also, we have posted an update to our collection of Robert's Custom Signatures on prints made by Wildwood over the last twelve years.



Sunday, May 19, 2013

Footsy Etching



ORIGINAL IMAGE

REVISED ETCHING


NEW ETCHING RELEASE: FOOTSY REWORKED 
Limited Edition of 50 etchings

In Weirdo #20 (1987), Crumb created an 8 page comic called Footsy. The splash page was later used to create Wildwood's first serigraph edition (30 colors) with Crumb. Above is the image as it appeared in Weirdo. In 2012, a French publisher asked if he could use that same illustration for the cover of a French edition of My Troubles With Women. Crumb used that opportunity to rework the illustration. The following are Crumb's comments about why he reworked the illustration. 

Crumb: I reworked the illustration because I wanted to make the desks more authentic looking. I discovered a photograph in an old high school yearbook from the school I went to that showed the desks in their complete structure. I was never satisfied with the way I drew those desks originally. I don’t know why I made them look like this bell shaped-pedestal type of thing. I don’t know where I got that. They were nothing like that, obviously, when I saw the photo. So last year, when the publisher asked to use that illustration for the cover of My Troubles With Women [the French version], I saw that as my chance to make it right; you know, obsessive-compulsive type of stuff. 

Alex: You think it looks better? 

Crumb: Yes I do. I think it looks much better. And I tend to do those kind of corrections a lot if I see something I did wrong in an earlier drawing and it’s going to be reprinted, I usually correct it and make it right before it’s printed again. 

Alex: So it’s nothing uncommon, you rework drawings all the time if you can correct a problem. 

Crumb: Yeah, I do it a lot. If the thing’s gonna be reprinted, y’ know, I have to correct any mistakes. So I think this looks much better. 

Rcrumb.com is proud to present an edition of 50 reworked Footsy etchings. White archival Hahnemuhle paper is 12 x 16.5 inches. Image size is 7.5 x 11 inches. Embossed area is 8.5 x almost 12 inches.  Each print is numbered, dated and signed by Crumb, and comes with our guarantee for your complete satisfaction. (There are no certificates of authenticity offered with etching editions.)


$420 each


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