The early 1980s were an exciting time for alternative comics. Shortly out of high school I discovered RAW, which was launched by the husband-and-wife team of Art Spiegelman and Françoise Mouly, and Weirdo, launched by the husband-and-wife team of Robert Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb. It was in the pages of Weirdo that I discovered The Church of the SubGenius, Stanislav Szukalski, and a bunch of great cartoonists.
Crumb wrote and drew at least one story in each issue of Weirdo (which was published by Last Gasp from 1981 to 1993) and drew every cover. The covers are reminiscent of Humbug, a late-1950s humor magazine created by Crumb's mentor, Harvey Kurtzman (also the creator of MAD):
Some of Crumb's best work came out during his Weirdo period. In Weirdo #17, Crumb illustrated an 8-page story called "The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick," based on a 1978 undelivered speech Dick wrote called "How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later" and from passages in an out-of-print book called Philip K. Dick: The Last Testament.
Crumb's story focuses on Dick's bizarre hallucinatory experience of March 1974, in which Dick went back in time to the era of the apostolic Christians. Dick spent the rest of his life trying to figure out what these visions meant. Here's the first page:
Open Culture has an essay about Crumb's cartoon, and links to a low-res scan of the comic.
If you would like a high quality print version of the story, get The Complete Crumb Comics, Vol. 15. This particular volume is loaded with amazing Crumb stories.
Cartoonists Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg take a look at the booklets that come with Criterion Collection’s Crumb and Ghost World DVDs and Blu-rays, both directed by Terry Zwigoff. I’ve seen both films multiple times and already have the Crumb DVD, but I wasn’t aware that Criterion did one for Ghost World. Sigh *pulls out […]
Cartoonists Ed Piskor and Jim Rugg take a page-by-page look at the upcoming Fantagraphics book, Original Art: Daniel Clowes. It measures a whopping 17 x 24 inches and has photos of Clowe’s original art pages. I can’t wait to get this book. You can pre-order a copy here.
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