Archive for: Robert Crumb

Strange Windows: Keeping up with the Goonses (part 5)

This is part five of our look at comics, cartoons and language– today focusing on the comic book Art by Don Newton and Alfredo Alcala “Jeff and Tom are an item? Isn’t that cradle-robbing?” “Oh, total Batman and Robin, you know.” That same online gay and LGBTglossary consulted in part 4 gives the following definitions: […]

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Strange Windows: I Was A Teenage Cartoonist

Bliss was it to be alive in that dawn, But to be young was very heaven! –Wordsworth A house in Launceston Place, Kensington, London; we were a couple of doors down. In 1969, my family moved to London; in December of that year, I turned 15. London– 1969– 15 years old? Yesss!!!! “Swinging London” was […]

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Slow-Rolling Genesis Index

We’ve been writing about R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis on and off here at HU for the past month. I think we’re finally done (hear that co-bloggers? Stop it!), but I thought it might be helpful to provide a convenient index of the roundtable. So here it is: ________________ The entire roundtable is here. Ng […]

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Crumb’s Limited Literalism: Seeing and Not Seeing in Genesis

Perhaps the best thing about R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis – the best thing, that is, about an adaptation that cleaves so closely to the original text – is that it repeatedly sends one back to the Bible itself. With that in mind, read the following passage, and tell me what you see: And the […]

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Rembrandt Chatting

Last week Matthias Wivel discussed Crumb’s Genesis in relation to the work of Rembrandt and Breughel. Matthias argued in particular that Rembrandt’s engagement with Biblical themes is clearly more sophisticated, dedicated and emotionally complex than Crumb’s Genesis, but it is nevertheless instructive to compare the two, because of the intersection of their methods and goals. […]

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DWYCK: Word Made Inky Flesh

Besides being a major publishing event in comics, Robert Crumb’s comics adaptation of Genesis is an interesting example of the medium’s intersection with literature and its potential to engage fundamental discourse in our culture. It offers itself as something of a lightning rod for the discussion of the suitability both of comics and one of […]

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Outside Crumb

There’s a style of talking about the Christian God that you find in rural corners of the American South where there are Free Will Baptists and Pentecostal Holiness churches. Imbued with images and rich with metaphor, it’s also thickly oral, repetitious and rhythmic – reading transcripts of sermons aloud is like holding pebbles of words […]

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