Drawn together

by Kominsky-Crumb, Aline, 1948-

Format: Print Book 2012
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CLP - Main Library First Floor - Graphic Non-Fiction IN TRANSIT
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Who could have imagined that in 1972, when Aline Kominsky, a Long Island escapee and bodaciously talented artist, broke her foot one rainy fall day, it would result in the most unique collaboration in comics history? Laid up in her house, she was persuaded by R. Crumb, her nerdy, neurotic boyfriend, to pass the time drawing together a "two-man" comic. The result is a jaw-dropping yet tender account, not only of the joys and challenges of a legendary marriage but also of the obstacles faced by struggling female artists. In Drawn Together, our foremost male-female cartooning couple recall their success at shocking America with Weirdo Magazine, the life-altering birth of their precocious daughter Sophie, and their astonishing move to the safe haven of France. With an irresistible introduction and a striking four-color section, Drawn Together becomes a graphic cause-c?l?bre and a must-have for any comics devotee.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "*Starred Review* Truth: We don't have much trouble running on at the mouth, do we? No, indeed. Words never fail the husband-wife comics-creating team of R. and Aline Crumb. They've got so many that motormouth dialogue, narration, in-frame notes, and bottom-of-the-frame footnotes freight each panel. While he draws himself and surroundings, she draws herself and, when he's not in the panel, surroundings (and their daughter, Sophie, draws herself, none too flatteringly, in the latest stories in this gathering of their oeuvre the French is appropriate because the couple's lived some 20 years in southern France). If his drawing is wonderfully detailed, volumetric, and fluid the justly most famous and admired comics style of our time hers is flat, messy, childishly exuberant, an avatar of the art brut manners of such of her peers as Linda Barry, Roz Chast, and Nicole Hollander. That contrast between them becomes yet more grist for their endless, self-conscious, ludicrously frank (often literally unbuttoned; this is adult comics, folks) yattering on sex, art, parenthood, guilt, fashion, collecting, shopping mania, the Jews and the goys, France and the French, him being more famous than her, blah blah blah. And gloriosky! It gets funnier as the years pile up. The last long story here, A Couple a' Nasty, Raunchy Old Things, is as hilarious as the best routines of George and Gracie, the Bickersons, and The Honeymooners.--Olson, Ray Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Since the 1970s, pioneering underground comics creators R. Crumb and Aline Crumb (nee Kominsky) have been drawing comics together, their distinct art styles sharing the same panels. All these works-stand-alone comics as well as shorts featured in Weirdo and the New Yorker-are now collected together in one volume. Semi-autobiographical, the stories reveal sordid details about the romantic relationship of the Crumbs, from their active (and somewhat violent) sex life in their youth to their still deviant sexual life in their sixties. Plagued by self-hatred, the creators spend most of each panel in dialogue with each other about how awful the world is, how self-deprecating they are, or how much they want to have sex. The best moments are when the Crumbs draw themselves discussing the panels they've already drawn together, or make notes about each other's drawings. The thematic cohesion, despite the two very different styles, is an achievement, one further enhanced by guest illustrations from daughter Sophie and cameos from Art Spiegelman and Charles Burns. A must for Crumb fans, but these somewhat self-indulgent looks at a quirky couple may be an acquired taste for others, regardless of the high level of cartooning. (Oct) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Crumb, R.
Kominsky-Crumb, Aline, -- 1948-
Cartoonists -- United States -- Biography.
Autobiographical comic books, strips, etc.
Comic books, strips, etc.
Graphic novels.
Publisher New York :Liveright Pub. Corp.,2012
Contributors Crumb, R.
Language English
Description 264 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 30 cm
ISBN 9780871404299 (hardcover)
087140429X (hardcover)
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