The San Francisco underground scene in the sixties was a hodgepodge of hippies, freaks and more than a few drug casualties,
and Robert Crumb was a little familiar with all three groups. But as for the man himself, no label can properly do justice
to just how unique—and gifted—this alternative comics artist is. Get some speaking
tour tickets, as he no doubt has plenty of stories to tell you.
If you're old enough, you might have first encountered Zap Comix in a headshop in the Haight-Asbury district. More than
likely, you found your parent's old copies safely tucked away in an attic somewhere. Crumb's work is outwardly psychedelic,
seeped in sexual overtones, and definitely not for kids. But it also embraces the skepticism of the '60s generation toward
societal mores, and is brave enough to plunder personal neurosis and turn it into strange but insightful stories.
R Crumb tickets are available now, but these are sure to sell out quickly. Intensely
private, Crumb doesn't do a lot of interviews or appear at too many public events. If you've discovered his work and have
the opportunity to see him, take it. He's a distinctive personality, for sure, and has plenty to say about his artwork,
comics and society in general.