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Crumbs of Creation

By Eli Valley

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The Guardian reports that Robert Crumb has completed his interpretation of The Book of Genesis, which is scheduled for publication on October 19. For those seeking a sneak peak, Crumb shared sketchbook pages and descriptions of his artistic process with Todd Hignite for Hignite’s 2006 book “In The Studio: Visits With Contemporary Cartoonists.” From Crumb’s interview with Hignite:

“If I’m going to be doing this and don’t want some f—ing Christian fanatics to kill me, I’ve got to say, ‘Look, it’s all in there, I didn’t change a single word, I just illustrated it as it’s told.’ You know, ‘Onan is spilling his seed on the ground’ … it’s in the book, so I’m just illustrating what’s there. It’s not sinful, it’s in your holy book. So, we’ll see what happens. If they want to kill me or not.”

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