When R. Crumb was wildly popular (over the course of around 30-40 years, beginning with the "Keep on Truckin" visual) I was not a fan. Indeed...I thoroughly disliked most of his work. ("Mr. Natural" was especially disturbing). Recently, however, I saw the movie Crumb and suddenly I could agree with the genius that everyone else saw earlier. Suffice it to say, you'd have to see the film to truly understand. I loved watching him draw with a quill pen...there is much that is old-time-y about him, which is paradoxical, since he was always railing against the status quo. Shouldn't he have been wearing bell bottoms instead of looking like Groucho Marx?
R. Crumb now lives in France, having gotten completely fed up with the US. In the supplemental part of the film Crumb provides a succinct (and accurate) run down of how the economy got broken. The film was released 17 years ago.
(Top Photo) Celeste Bergin, R. Crumb from booklet, pen & ink on Strathmore vellum paper.