Robert Crumb & Art Spiegelman with Françoise Mouly

Crumb and Spiegelman

Friday, November 13, 2009, 8:00 pm
Bass Concert Hall

Presented in partnership with the UT Department of Art & Art History

“Art Spiegelman…to the comics world is a Michelangelo and a Medici both, an influential artist who is also an impresario and an enabler of others.” – New York Times Magazine

“Mr. Crumb…excruciatingly funny satirist of all things modern and progressively high-minded, and an intrepid explorer of his own twisted psyche – remains the genre’s gold standard.” – New York Times

In a rare one-night only event, three of the most influential comic artists of the last forty years come together to discuss their careers, comic books, cover designs and culture.

In the 1960s Robert Crumb was at the forefront of a revolution in American alternative comic arts. Considered a grandmaster of his artform, he penned well-known characters and series including Mr. Natural, Fritz the Cat, Joe Blow and Keep on Truckin’. His colorful career has been riddled with legal battles, obscenity arrests and critical acclaim. Crumb is set to publish his long-awaited “The Book of Genesis” in the Fall of 2009.

Art Spiegelman is an award-winning American comic artist who is best known for his Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novel memoir, Maus, a treatise on the Holocaust. Among the genre’s most celebrated counter-culture icons, he is also an editor and advocate for the comic arts genre and is married to artist and designer Françoise Mouly, with whom he frequently collaborates.

Mouly was born in Paris and is highly regarded for her work with RAW, a showcase publication for cutting edge, mature comic art. She has also served as the arts editor of The New Yorker since 1993 and has curated several exhibits featuring the literary magazine’s famous cover art.

Note: For Mature Audiences – Sexual Content

Campus & Community Engagement Events

Pre-Performance Lecture: R. Crumb, Spiegelman, Mouly


Read about the elusive artist’s recent appearances and the chaos that ensued:
Letter: Rape = Academic Freedom? – The Collegian University of Richmond’s student newspaper
R. Crumb exhibit and conversation spark controversy – The Collegian
Newsflash: Robert Crumb Is Controversial – Slog the blog of Seattle’s The Stranger
Ed’s Thoughts on the Crumb/Mouly Event – Comics Worth Reading blog
R. Crumb w/ Françoise Mouly in Richmond, VA, October 27, 2009 Part 2: Music, Genesis, Open Questions – Comics Worth Reading blog


In the beginning, R. Crumb was a staunch Roman Catholic – Austin American-Statesman
Illustrator R. Crumb is drawn to God with his latest project – USA Today review
The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb’s Book of Genesis – UCLA’s Hammer Museum exhibit
R. Crumb and the miracle of his ‘Book of Genesis Illustrated’ – LA Times book review
The creation of R. Crumb’s ‘Genesis’ – LA Times article
Robert Crumb Thinks God Might Actually Be Crazay – Vanity Fair interview
Video – R. Crumb in Conversation with Francoise Mouly recorded Barnes & Noble on 10.23.09
‘Genesis’: R. Crumb Illustrates The Bible – NPR’s Talk of the Nation
A (Secret) Life in Music – The Wall Street Journal article on Crumb
Audio – Crumb’s ‘Genesis,’ A Sexy Breasts-And-Knuckles – NPR’s Morning Edition
Audio – R. Crumb’s Awesome, Affecting Take On ‘Genesis’ – NPR’s All Things Considered
Video – Behind the Cover: The Money Issue – The New Yorker
Sketching His Way Through Genesis – New York Times review
Virginia Commonwealth University R. Crumb resources, including articles, interviews and more
US cartoonist Crumb zaps the Bible
R. Crumb Website

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