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Crumb visits Richmond

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

I don’t know how it happened, but Robert Crumb visited Richmond.

I found out about it many months ago, and I’m sure I’ve mentioned it on the blog already. The event happened last night at the gussied-up Carpenter Center, and I felt it was well attended. I saw both Ed Sizemore and Ben Towle there, and they were both in reporting mode, so keep an eye out for what they will say. They both write really well, and I saw Ben’s copius notes. (I have a few notes myself, and they can be found below.)

In prelude to Crumb’s talk, the decision makers at the University of Richmond, along with consultants, decided to hold a panel discussion of various comic creators that would end up being moderated by little ol’ me. At first I was hesitant, since this would be my first time moderating, but the people involved were very forthcoming with help, answers, and assistance. So, I’ll go ahead and do my shout outs to Tom DeHaven, Patrick Godfrey, Erling Sjovold, Andy Kozlowski, David Howson, and Katherine DeLoyht. Many thanks for involving me, and making all of it very memorable.

The panel discussion brought in Gabrielle Bell, Kim Deitch, Hope Larson, and Anders Nilsen. All fantastic comic creators coming with different views and histories of making comics. So, that was kind of troublesome, since I wasn’t really sure how to tie them all together. Erling stepped in and suggested the scope should probably fall into creation, history (with a nod to Crumb), and publishing. He also suggested a few questions, which turned out to be very helpful.

I know it’s pretty silly, but one of the most exciting aspects of our talk was that there was a GREEN ROOM. I had never been in one before, so I found it all types of interesting. We did a sound check, which was also interesting, and then eventually settled in for an hour long talk about the topics mentioned above. I’d throw in a few oddball questions that dealt with minicomics or anthologies, and before I knew it, our time was up. I thought the event was well attended for a Sunday night. It concluded with a few questions from the audience. Here’s one I remember:

“What current book have you read that you REALLY liked?” (Or something like that.)
Hope: 20th Century Boys. Anders: Jack Survives. Kim: Genesis. Gabrielle: Crap, I can’t remember.

There was a signing afterwards, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves. Fast-forward to Tuesday night, and we’re all on a bus from the UofR campus to downtown Richmond. It was a bit rainy, so that was the only real damper on the evening. Kim’s wife Pam is a treat and told me of all the stops they got to explore in Richmond, including most of my faves like the Whitings Antique Paper, The Richmond Book Shop, Coppala’s Deli.

As many will probably note, the talk started with Crumb taking a joking fall on to the stage. I couldn’t tell if the audience knew it was a joke or not, but I’ll say that I was quite amazed at his agility in doing so. I guess Aline helps him stretch as well.

Françoise Mouly interviewed Crumb, and took some interesting turns. Since this is one of five stops in the states, it made me wonder if she mixes it up in each city. That would keep Crumb on his toes, and a bit more lively in the discussion. Interesting tidbits I took from the talk:

• Crumb is a grandfather now. (I hadn’t heard… not that I guess I should have?)

• To allow him to finish Genesis, his wife Aline found a secluded house in the country so he could devote ALL of his time to it. Wow.

• A fair amount of resource material was borrowed from the 1916 movie Intolerance. I had never heard of this movie, but it looks amazing. The sets are mind blowing.

Françoise also made it interesting by presenting Crumb with letters she had received at the New Yorker in regards to running the Genesis excerpt. What I found interesting was Crumb’s actual interest in the letters. He seemed to want to be able to debate each one.

Weirdly, one of the most enjoyable aspects of the talk for me is just Crumb’s voice. It’s very interesting and soothing. It took me back to memories of the movie, and makes me want to watch that again.

So, all in all, FANTASTIC! I know I probably have forgotten things that I’ll regret not talking about, but that’s me and my old age. I wish I could have partied into the night with all involved, but again, the old age. Thanks again to all involved! I look forward to diving into Genesis!

Things to Do: 8/22/08

Friday, August 22nd, 2008

Things to do…

1. Scan and upload vintage photos (almost 20 years!) from stint at Eclipse. Check.

2. Listen to James Jean talk with Steven Heller. Check.

3. Contact a distributor about distribution. Check. (Actually, it’s someone else.)

Designie.

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Couple recent thoughts on designie stuff:

You see the new Charles and Ray Eames stamps? They’re wicked cool, and possibly my fave stamps of all time? (Not sure… I’m sure a vintage space stamp is my favorite stamp of all time.)

James Jean covers the new issue of Giant Robot (54) which hits your local comic shops this week. Nice cover, spread, interview, etc. James is designie.

Our pal J Chris Campbell has gone and designed a Colt 45 can. Heck, it’s a contest, so you should go vote for him!

Okeydoke.

And a last minute update: In celebration of 1 year anny of The Ride Home,  Joey Weiser is offering up some free sketches… “To celebrate The Ride Home‘s first birthday, I’m offering a gift to you! If you can send me some sort of proof that you’ve purchased a copy of The Ride Home between the dates of July 10th, 2008 and August 15th, 2008, I will send you an original TRH drawing, and charge you only enough to cover postage! That’s $2 for regular shipping, $5 for priority, and $10 international. If you are familiar with TRH, you may request specifics in the drawing, or I can make it a surprise! You can send copies of dated reciepts, shipping notices, photos of you at comic shops purchasing TRH, etc. to joey [at] tragic-planet [dot] com ! You have until August 15th, but why wait??”

Society Love.

Monday, January 7th, 2008

A big congratulatory shout out to Mr. Jim Rugg on the inclusion of his Afrodisiac covers being accepted into this year’s annual Society of Illustrator show. (To celebrate, we’re going to discount the limited edition PROJECT: ROMANTIC for a while. Go forth purchase if you wish!)

Mr. Rugg is one of the good guys in this business. He does fantastic work, meets deadlines, and will drive my butt all over Toronto. I wish him the best of the best in his future endeavors.

And if you’ve never met Mr. Rugg, by golly, make plans to visit him at HeroesCon this year. That show is going to be uberindygood.

Ted!

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

… Just admit it!

It’s with pleasure that I congratulate Mr. Ted Adams on his co-producing of 30 Days of Night.

I was watching the trailer on TV the other night and just for giggles I thought I’d slow the credits down to see if IDW was mentioned. Well, not only were they mentioned, but Ted has a Co-Producer title. Very cool. The rest of the credits tell me that Dark Horse helped in the production as well, so it’s one big comical happy family.

I really hope they have an IDW logo treatment on the big screen. That would be soooo cool.

In other Ted news, the San Diego paper did a write up on his business. Hrm. Makes me think I should have pushed my way into being a partner oh so many years ago. But twernt meant to be…

And while were on the subject of Ted! (note: always exclame Mr. Adams), guess who I’ll see this weekend at SPX? No, not Ted.. or Steve Niles… but Dean Mullaney! Yep, our ol’ boss at Eclipse. It will be good to see Dean. The last time I saw him was a Philly con around 15 years ago. Back when Spogs where hot.

heh.