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R. Crumb show in Philly

Posted by Dan Wasserman  September 8, 2008 11:18 AM

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The Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia opens a retrospective show this week of the work of comix great and cultural icon, R. Crumb, creator of Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural among other characters.
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For avid fans, it might be worth the trip to Philly to see Crumb's original artwork, ranging from the early Zap Comix strips to his most recent work, done in collaboration with his wife, Arline Kominsky-Crumb, for The New Yorker. Ken Johnson reviews the show for The New York Times here.

Those who wish to stay put can immerse themelves in the roots of Crumb's weirdness in the comfort of their living rooms by renting Terry Zwigoff's 1994 film documentary, "Crumb" (not for the kiddies).

Crumb has a longstanding fascination with strong, assertive women who often dominate his graphic landscapes.
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No word yet on when he might start drawing Sarah Palin.

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Dan Wasserman has been cartooning for the Globe editorial page since 1985. He has published two collections of drawings, "We've Been Framed" (Faber & Faber, 1987) and "Paper Cuts" (Ivan R. Dee, 1995). His cartoons are widely reprinted and are syndicated internationally by Tribune Media Services. He draws more quickly than he types.
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