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Toon Talk: The Book of Weirdo, and Other Weirdos with editor Jon B. Cooke, Ron Turner and Malcolm Whyte


Suggested Donation: $10
(Free for Cartoon Art Museum Members with RSVP)

The Cartoon Art Museum is proud to host The Book of Weirdo editor Jon B. Cooke in conversation with Last Gasp founder Ron Turner and Cartoon Art Museum founder Malcolm Whyte for an evening discussion of the new publication, The Book of Weirdo, a retrospective of R. Crumb's legendary publication.

In addition to the discussion of The Book of Weirdo, the Cartoon Art Museum's founder will also have his new book, Art Out of Chaos: The Illustrated Biography of Maxon Crumb, published by F.U. Press, an imprint of Fantagraphics Books. The talk will be followed by a signing and shenanigans. A suggested donation of $10 is requested for this event, however, no one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Some ticket levels include advance purchase of books. The Book of Weirdo is $34.95 plus tax, Art Out of Chaos is $25 plus tax. Please order your book in advance to guarantee that you get one!

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About The Book of Weirdo

The Book of Weirdo is the definitive (as well as hugely entertaining) examination of Weirdo magazine, renowned underground comix cartoonist Robert Crumb's legendary humor comics anthology from the 1980s. Crumb himself has called the retrospective “a great book” and “the definitive work on the subject.”

A "low-brow" counterpoint to Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly's rather high-falootin’ RAW, Weirdo influenced an entire generation of cartoonists, and served as a creative refuge for underground comix veterans and training ground for new creators, and this book features the comprehensive story of the fondly-recalled magazine, along with testimonials from over 130 of the mag's contributors, plus interviews with Weirdo’s three editors ― R. “Keep on Truckin’” Crumb, Peter “Hate” Bagge, and Aline “The Bunch” Kominsky-Crumb ― as well as publisher “Baba Ron” Turner.

This 288-page hardcover book is as much a comprehensive history of the alternative comics scene of the 1980s and early ’90s ― from New York City punk to Seattle grunge ― as it is the story of a single magazine, an exhaustive retrospective that includes rare and unseen artwork from that era, as well as new comics from modern-day artists paying homage to the great oddball mag. In its time, the periodical featured the finest work of many artists, particularly the best material by R. Crumb himself, Weirdo's founder and best known for ZAP Comix, Fritz the Cat, and Mr. Natural, and a man widely heralded as the greatest cartoonist of all time.

About Last Gasp

Last Gasp Books, the legendary San Francisco-based publishing company founded by Ron Turner in 1970, is one of the oldest publishers and purveyors of underground books and comics in the world. Over the years they have published, and in some cases brought to light, some of the most respected and talented artists working today, including R. Crumb, Justin Green, Bill Griffith, Mark Ryden, Aline Kominsky-Crumb, Frank Kozik, Trina Robbins, Todd Schorr, Winston Smith, Spain, Robert Williams, and countless others. Today, Last Gasp publishes 12-20 new titles per year, focusing on “lowbrow” and “pop surrealist” artists, as well as graphic novels and pop culture titles.


Art Out of Chaos: the Illustrated Biography of Maxon Crumb

About Art Out of Chaos: The Illustrated Biography of Maxon Crumb
The illustrated biography of Maxon Crumb—with a foreword and notes by R. Crumb.

Maxon Crumb—artist, author, and yogi—embarked on a coast-to-coast odyssey to conquer one severe challenge after another: a brutal childhood, crushing sibling rivalry, lost love, death threats, and debilitating disease. Each absorbing chapter in Maxon: Art Out of Chaos recounts Maxon's agonizing journey to mature into a fiercely independent innovator whose are and writings are as provocative and colorful as they are complex and imaginative. Excerpts from Maxon's writings, anecdotes from his brother R. Crumb, plus a gallery of Maxon's stunning artworks crown an inspiring story of a man who candidly bares his world to us through ink, oil, metal, and word.

Later Event: June 17
2019 Cartoon Camp, Week 1