Staff Picks (March): The Book of Weirdo

Robert Crumb. You know him as the name associated with underground comix from Home Grown to Zap, from Mr. Natural to Fritz the Cat. Given his reputation as the king of all things sexual in underground comics, Crumb didn’t always rely on his take on the sexual revolution; he could be humorous to the Mad Magazine generation years before National Lampoon arrived.

Crumb’s Weirdo influenced generations of indie creators along with being a home for underground comix veterans as their outlets went up in smoke. For almost 10 years Weirdo was the true successor to Mad, Help, Humbug, and Trump and gave you an alternative to RAW or Blab and other magazines of that time. The Book of Weirdo tells the complete story of this comics magazine, with testimonials from many of its contributors as well as interviews with Weirdo’s three editors -- Robert Crumb, Peter Bagge, and Aline Kominsky-Crumb -- as well as Last Gasp publisher Ron Turner.

Weirdo was considered one of the very best of its kind, a showcase for outsiders, freaks, and (naturally) weirdoes. The Book of Weirdo gives you a flashback (acid not included) to what was funny to an older generation and still holds up decades later.

— Steve Leaf


Publisher: Last Gasp
Item Code: MAR191856
SRP: $39.95
In Comic Shops: 5/1/2019

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