February 14, 2007
The Richard B. Salomon Distinguished Lectures* & LIVE from the NYPL present:
A Valentine's Evening with the Crumbs
(The George & Gracie of Comics)
Aline: We've been living and working together for thirty-five years. As I write this I'm astonished that we're so old and that we actually still love each other. Who woulda' thought, when we first met at a party at Robert's girlfriend's house, and he told me that I had "cute knees," that we were about to embark on a life-time adventure together?
Bob: Yeah, who'd a' thought? She still has cute knees... and the only reason I'm doing this Valentine's Day appearance at the NYPL this year is because Aline asked me to do it with her and I said "okay, I'll do it as a Valentine's Day gift to you, since I've never given you a gift before in our whole life, except for that t-shirt I bought for you in the early 80's"... because, in fact, I hate doing public appearances... I'm becoming more and more of a hermit as I get older... but for Aline I'll do it... don't worry, it'll be a riot... we'll do our schtick... it'll be very entertaining as opposed to intellectual and tedious.
Aline: Actually, all he has to do is ask me a few questions and I can go on for hours...I love to tell "all". I'm compulsively honest... You?ll learn more about us than you would ever need to know. The hard job for Bob'll be to shut me up and get me off the stage... Finally, I get to tell my side o? the story!
Bob: That's right... it's all about promoting Aline's big, new book, Need More Love!! Check it out... February 14, NYPL!
Aline: PS: I've got so many cute outfits. How am I gonna decide what to wear?!
About Aline Kominsky Crumb
Aline Kominsky Crumb was born in Long Island, New York, studied painting, collaborated on, wrote and edited numerous comics, magazines and books starting with Wimmems Comix and Twisted Sisters. She was the first female creator of the graphic novel form, a genre which came to prominence in the eighties. Her influence on comic art is firmly established and her comic strip characters unforgettable. She now lives in a medieval chateau in the south of France with her family. She continues to work on her own and with her husband R. Crumb and can be seen frequently in the New Yorker. Her new graphic novel memoir is Need More Love (MQ Publications).
About R. Crumb
Robert Crumb was born in Philadelphia, and now hides out in the south of France with his wife and fellow artist, Aline Kominsky Crumb. He began his amazing career over forty years ago when as an underground cartoonist during the Summer of Love, he created ZAP COMIX and a horde of unforgettable characters: Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural, The Snoid and Devil Girl to name but a few. Widely acknowledged as one of the most influential cartoonists of recent times, R. Crumb is the only underground cartoonist to be recognized by the fine art world. His work is exhibited in art museums in Europe and America to critical acclaim. His latest book is The Sweeter Side of R. Crumb (MQ Publications).
*These annual lectures made possible by an endowed fund established by the friends and associates of the late Richard B. Salomon.