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Comics A.M. | Offended, Robert Crumb cancels Australia appearance

Robert Crumb

Creators | Robert Crumb has decided not to attend Graphic 2011, an arts festival scheduled for Aug. 20-21 at the Sydney Opera House in Australia. Crumb told The Australian he withdrew from his headline appearance because of an article in the Australian newspaper The Telegraph that called him “a self-confessed sex pervert.”

“It’s a very, very disappointing situation,” Graphic co-curator Jordan Verzar wrote on the show’s Facebook page. “There were a legion of people eagerly anticipating his visit and the Graphic team and Sydney Opera House had been working for months to pull together the shows he was involved with and to supply an enjoyable first visit to Australia for him. I sincerely doubt that he will ever make it to Australia now. It’s a very sad day, but I’m still excited and looking forward to the rest of the great shows happening at Graphic next weekend.” [The Australian]

Retailers | Birmingham, England comics shop Nostalgia and Comics was damaged during the riots of the past few days; no one was injured, but the windows were broken. [The Forbidden Planet blog]

Comic strips | For Better or For Worse creator Lynn Johnston has posted her entire foreword for Fantagraphics’ The Complete Peanuts (1981-1982) on her site. [For Better or For Worse, via Flog]

Creators | Batman annotator David Uzumeri interviews Grant Morrison about, well, Batman, as well as Action Comics, Multiversity and more. [ComicsAlliance]

"Saga," from Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Creators | Nathan Wilson interviews Fiona Staples, one of the creators who was name-checked a lot during last week’s women-in-DC-comics discussions. Don’t get your hopes up, though: Staples would rather be drawing horror comics. “You’re limited by a lot of things when dealing with superheroes. There are constraints from the fans, the publishers, and the companies who own the characters. There are the decades of history that bind the characters. It’s possible to be innovative with them, but it’s a struggle.” [Graphic Novel Reporter]

Creators | In a pair of interviews, J.H. Williams III discusses his career and the long-anticipated debut of Batwoman: “I’ve always handled female characters, dating back to my time as co-creator on Chase, then Promethea, and then Desolation Jones, to show how strong they are.  I’m not interested in drawing sexy vixens, but rather realistic women.  I find this much more attractive and beautiful.  This allows them to be fully formed characters, and not just fantasy objects.  It allows you to get involved with them.” [ComicsBlog, Multiversity]

Creators | We all know about musicians who make comics; Josh Flanagan takes a look at comics creators who make music, from Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley to Joe Quesada (seen filling in on guitar with Kirby Krackle). Rock on! [iFanboy]

Crawl to Me #1

Creators | Alex Dueben talks with Alan Robert about Crawl to Me, his new horror miniseries from IDW Publishing. [Suicide Girls]

Creators | Steve Bennett takes a look back at Carleton Waugh and his comic strip Hank, the story of a serviceman returning to civilian life after World War II: “Hank had also lost a leg in the war and he just one of a number of wounded servicemen being targeted by a group of leftover isolationists to ferment discontent and spread racist, anti-Semitic propaganda. The politics were extremely progressive and according to Waugh the strip was ‘a deliberate attempt to work in the field of social usefulness’.” From an artistic point of view, Waugh did some interesting experimentation with lettering, but alas, most of the strips have disappeared. [Super I.T.C.H.]

Commentary | Call this “Caleb reads the comments so you don’t have to”: Robot 6 contributor J. Caleb Mozzocco provides a quick roundup, with links, at the big comics controversies of the past week or so, in case you were too busy living your own life to follow them closely. [Every Day Is Like Wednesday]

Reviews | Rob Clough reviews Jason’s Isle of 100,000 Graves. [The Comics Journal]

Reviews | Richard Bruton dives into the latest Alan Moore opus, The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen—Century 1969. [The Forbidden Planet blog]

Craft | Gerry Giovinco meditates on how hard it actually was to draw a straight line (let alone a curved one) before we had computers to do it for us. [CO2 Comics]



Alan Woollcombe

August 9, 2011 at 7:23 am

You say “Retailers | London comics shop Brum’s Nostalgia and Comics was damaged during the riots of the past few days; no one was injured, but the windows were broken”.

Er, no – that’s like saying “Retailers | Los Angeles comics shop the Big Apple’s Nostalgia and Comics…”
‘Brum’ means Birmingham, a big city nowhere near London.

Thanks Alan; it has been fixed.

So an unrelated newspaper insults Crumb and he boycotts the entire country? That’s bizarre.

Crumb sounds kind of like an immature baby who’s taking his toys and going home because someone dared called him a name !

There is a worse things in life than being called a “pervert”

But Crumb is a sex pervert. This is from a Phoebe Gloeckner interview about when R Crumb came to live with her family when she was 15.


GROTH: Robert Crumb said he was happy that you didn’t put, in Diary of a Teenage Girl, the time or times when he tried to nail you. He said he was really happy about that.


GROTH: Which of course will lead me into questioning you about the parts of it you censored.

GLOECKNER: Of the Diary? Well, to tell you the truth, he wrote me a letter many years later, saying that he had essentially thought some inappropriate thoughts about me. But I had no idea. So in that sense, I censored nothing.

GROTH: He said it went beyond inappropriate thoughts to inappropriate action.

GLOECKNER: Oh, did he tell you what it was?

GROTH: No, he didn’t go into detail.

GLOECKNER: Oh, because he told me what it was in this letter. I guess I shouldn’t tell you. But there’s no way I would have known about it.

GROTH: [Laughs.] He did something that you were unaware of?


GROTH: How odd. Well, I guess if you’re engaging in inappropriate behavior, it’s best for the victim not to know about it.

GLOECKNER: I guess so.

GROTH: It’s the best kind of inappropriate behavior to engage in.


He’s touchy in every sense, I guess.

Robert Crumb, like many geniuses, is a very strange and hypersensitive man. I respect his work and enjoy it but he’s a weirdo and I don’t care for him as a person.

Fiona Staples should be on All-Star Western.

Fiona Staples is doing work that she co-owns. Why the hell would she want to work on books she has no care for?

And besides, Moritat is an excellent, generous, marvelous cartoonist himself.

You’ll want to be careful Ruyuukoro, that sort of talk can cause Crumb to boycott YOUR country next.

George Bush (not that one)

August 9, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Crumb is the definition of pervert.

Daniel Lombardo

August 9, 2011 at 5:00 pm

I am completely shattered about Crumb. It’s all I’ve been looking forward to.

If you bother to read the Australian newspaper article you will clearly see that it is an all out attack on Crumb. Why would he bother going if he was going to be greeted by self-righteous protesters and the like. It’s also funny how there is no mention of Crumb’s best-selling bible adaptation.

I am so disappointed, I was looking froward to Robert Crumb’s visit. As an Aussie, I can tell you that the Daily Telegraph is a rubbish paper and does not speak for the majority here. The attack on Crumb was made by ignorant people who have probably never read a comic in their lives.

The idea that there’s going to be a picket line at the Sydney Opera House is bizarre. Maybe he can work this fiction up into a few good drawings and send them to the people who have worked for months to arrange this event. And it’s not credible to measure his tetchy cowardice against a long flight when you’re flying first class.

Crumb getting offended at being called a sex pervert would be like water getting offended at being called WET.

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