The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Saturday, August 17, 2019

R. Crumb, Daughter Look at Life in "Crazy Artist"

By: Christine Kearney
NEW YORK (REUTERS).- Robert Crumb and his daughter Sophie may lovingly squabble about the life they have shared, but they can agree on one thing: the underground scene that allowed the elder Crumb to become a comic book cult hero hardly exists anymore.

Crumb, better known as R. Crumb, emerged in the late 1960s as founder of the alternative movement known as comix -- self-published comic books with explicit adult content -- and his 29-year-old daughter is now entering the market with her first title, "Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist."

"Now there is a spectrum, from the most weird, crazy, psycho pornographic stuff to pop mainstream superheroes and all that crap," R. Crumb told Reuters in a rare interview with Sophie. "There isn't really an underground in the old sense."

His daughter, sitting opposite him in a small New York art gallery where some of her drawings are being shown, was more emphatic: "I don't think the underground exists any more. It's all a big mish mash now."

She and her famous parents -- R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb -- have collaborated on "Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist," a collection of more than 250 sketches saved from her life growing up, starting at the age of two.

"It's not crazy like psychotic, it's crazy like zany," she said of the book, while her father quickly deadpanned: "You are not psychotic."

Both say Sophie's book, which follows her life from growing up in France to living in New York and becoming a mother, was not influenced by drugs, such as LSD, that her father has long admitted affected his work.

Neither was her style of drawing modeled after R. Crumb's, which, famously, is characterized by the funky "Keep On Truckin'" guy from the 1970s or iconic Fritz the Cat.

Sophie Crumb said she had no real insight into how his work may have influenced hers. "To me, you can't have an opinion about it when you are born into it, it's just normal."

She was inspired by early cartoonists such as Frederick Bean "Tex" Avery, who created several Looney Tunes characters, as well as figures like "Popeye" and the "Fritzi Ritz" and "Nancy" comic strips. She counts contemporary comic book artists such as Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt, Joe Sacco and Julie Doucet among people whose work she admires.

"People say they recognize his artwork in mine, but I don't -- obviously," she said of her father.

Instead, Sophie mocked her father for his "weird drawings all over the house" when she was growing up.

"It was, really, always me and my parents together. When we moved to France, I made friends there. We lived in a village, but we were still the weirdos," she said, while he laughed.

Looking back, she also disagrees with her iconic dad on whether he was aware of his fame. "It is weird , I don't get it," he said of his celebrity status.

"But you always wanted to be famous," she interjected.

"I wanted to be appreciated," he calmly corrected her. "I wanted to be recognized for my work, any artist does."

But both agreed that, with the movie and art worlds now embracing comics and cartoons more than ever, current times were far removed from the underground days of the 1960s.

"Comics were made for print, they are not really made to look at on a wall," he said. "To me it is not a finished book until it is printed, until you have a book in your hand."

(editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

Robert Crumb | "Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist" | New York |

Today's News

November 23, 2010

Hungary to Sell Communist Relics to Benefit the Victims of Last Month's Red Sludge Flood

Sotheby's Sale Establishes a World Auction Record for Painter Giuseppe Vermiglio

A 1,800 Year Old Bathing Pool was Discovered Beneath a Miqve by Israeli Archaeologists

Tradition and Innovation at the Netherlands' Art and Antiques Fair: PAN Amsterdam

The Home of Leading Scientist Who Helped Develop the 'Bouncing Bomb' to Be Sold

Science Museum in London to Debut New Permanent Climate Science Gallery

Legendary Rock Legends Pink Floyd Quadraphonic Consoles to Be Sold at Bonhams

Lisson Gallery Presents an Exhibition of New Works by Berlin-Based Artist Ceal Floyer

Connecting Cubism to an American Narrative Exhibition on View at D. Wigmore Fine Art, Inc.

Luciana Brito Presents "Back to Simplicity", Including Historic Artworks, by Marina Abramovic

Collectors Respond with Highest-Ever Total for a Photography Sale at Sotheby's Paris

Ten Visionary Artists Express Themselves Around the Iconic Hennessy V.S Bottle

Master Chinese Painter Wu Guanzhong's Works Exhibited at Zhejiang Art Museum

R. Crumb, Daughter Look at Life in "Crazy Artist"

Federico Luger Presents Franklin Evans' Second Solo Exhibition at the Gallery

Reina Sofía Museum Signs Partnership Agreement with the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation (CIFO)

Rolls-Royce Phantom III, Featured in Pan's Labyrinth Film, to Sell at Bonhams

Exhibition of New Work by Rachel Kneebone Presented at White Cube Hoxton Square

Bonhams to Hold its Biggest Sale of Remarkable Wine to Date

Extraordinary Opportunities for Collectors of the World's Finest Wines Presented by Christie's Hong Kong

Bonhams Appoint Deborah Allan Departmental Director of Impressionist & Modern Art

Donation of Two Works by Leading Irish Sculptor James McKenna to the Irish Museum of Modern Art

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Conservation reveals Wellington Collection work was painted by Titian's Workshop

2.- New dinosaur discovered after lying misidentified in university's vaults for over 30 years

3.- Unseen Texas Chainsaw Massacre outtakes and stills sold for a combined $26,880

4.- National gallery reveals conserved Italian altarpiece by Giovanni Martini da Udine

5.- London's Tate Modern evacuated after child falls, teen arrested

6.- Bavarian State Minister of the Arts restitutes nine works of art

7.- Boy thrown from London's Tate Modern is French tourist visiting UK

8.- Child thrown from London gallery has broken spine, legs and arm

9.- £10 million Turner masterpiece may leave British shores

10.- Tourists banned from sitting on Rome's Spanish Steps

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful