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ARTIST PROOFS SALE
About Artist's Proofs: Each edition sets aside a certain amount of prints exclusively for the artist, not to exceed 10% of the edition. So if there are 120 prints in the edition, Crumb will receive 12 artist proofs for his own use. He can frame them, give them as presents, sell them, burn 'em, do whatever he wants with them. Here, he is obviously selling them. An artist proof may vary slightly in one or two colors compared to the rest of the edition, and therefore be relegated to proof rather than to the edition, where all prints must be completely unified in color, clarity and quality. But most of Wildwood's artist proofs are exactly the same as the rest of the edition. All are hand-signed by Robert Crumb.
Mr. Natural Conjures the Devil Girl
2003 Wildwood serigraph edition of 120 prints, with 12 artist proofs.
Crumb's artist proof with Certificate.
Cradle to Grave
2004 Wildwood serigraph edition of 50 prints and 5 artist proofs.
Crumb's artist proof. No certificate was issued with this edition.
WINTER PRINT SALE
Crumb and I have done around two dozen editions, most of them serigraphs, but some etching editions as well. All of our editions are sold directly to the public (not through any galleries) at extremely low prices. I've had people in the "Art Biz" tell me the artwork would sell better if it were priced higher, that no one is going to take any artwork seriously if it's priced below a grand. But that's not how we feel, and Crumb is insistent on keeping his artwork as affordable as possible for all of his readers.
Once an edition sells out, the print values increase, of course. It's difficult to assess how much each print is worth. Prices on ebay help establish the market value, and also auctions. I've heard, for example, that the Cheap Thrills print sold for as much as $2,800, and selling regularly at $2,500 in galleries. All I know is we try to offer any sold out print at the lower end of the spectrum. I want people to feel confident that if they're buying a print from rcrumb.com, they're getting an authentic print in perfect condition at a good price.
As always, your satisfaction is guaranteed. If you have any questions about any of the prints, don't hesitate to contact me.
Alex Wood, Publisher
San Francisco Comic Book #3 was released in 2009 and sold out last year. Comes with its Certificate of Authenticity written, interestingly, by Crumb. This is print 77/110. Image size is 13.5" x 19.5". The paper is 20" x 28". 16 colors were used to print this edition. We just released this image as a giclee edition, so you can buy it for a lot less money, but it won't be signed like this one. Buy Me $750.
Mystic Funnies was released in 1998 and the 200 print edition sold out two years later. This is print 192 of 200. Stored flat and in mint condition, it is accompanied by its Certificate of Authenticity signed by Jesse and myself. 24 colors were used to print this edition and it looks great. A great image which captures most of Mr. Natural's and Flakey's relationship pretty succinctly. The image size is 17.5" x almost 25". It is signed and numbered but not dated by Crumb. He didn't really get into the habit until the next edition. Hey, it's not like I didn't direct him to each time! But if I wasn't there (in California) at the time of the signing, Jesse was, so none of the prints in that edition are dated. But that was the last edition not to be dated. Buy Me $900.
Footsy is my first Crumb edition as printer and publisher. I put more hours into printing this edition than any other edition, principally because I printed a color trial proof for Crumb's approval before I printed the edition. That means I printed the edition twice: the first a very short run for his approval and weeks later the final 200 prints. Lots of blends and beautiful colors in this one. There was no certificate issued, nor has Crumb dated any print in the edition. It was signed and numbered in 1994. This is print number 188/200. Also, Crumb signed this in France, so I was not there to tell him not to use such a hard pencil! His signature is very light throughout the entire edition. It's a nice sig, but light. Crumb has subsequently changed the artwork since this edition, which you can buy now as an etching. But there's nothing like this first edition. I've always been very happy with it. Image size is 18" x 24", paper is 22" x 30". Buy Me $900.
by Aline Kominsky-Crumb
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We are pleased to offer this triptych print by Crumb spouse Aline Kominsky-Crumb as a very limited (only 5 prints!) signed giclee. The left portrait is a portrait of Cookie. The middle portrait is one of Cookie's clients. The right portrait is Aline's "Barbie" self-portrait.
Paper is 24" x 14.5". Each portrait is 6.5" x 8". Each print is numbered, signed and dated by Aline Kominsky-Crumb. Edition of 5 prints. Each print $310.
HAIR MAGIC AND MORE
I was inspired to do this series of portraits by my mother’s beautician, Cookie. For years when I visited my mother in Aventura, Florida, I would go with her to Cookie’s beauty parlor, “Hair Magic,” in North Miami Beach. It’s in a sleazy strip-mall, with a trophy shop, a Peruvian restaurant, a sex video rental shop... It’s a place I would normally never see, but my mother had heard at her bridge club that Cookie was very good at cutting hair & not expensive, so she went there & became a “regulah”... My stepfather started getting his hair cut at Cookie’s too (Cookie later told me that my parents were her only “normal” customers). Hair Magic was a crazy and intense place. It was sort of a halfway house for lonely, strung-out women, gender identity cases & people just down on their luck.
Cookie dishes out tough love with humor, anecdotes of personal tragedies & a good dose of talk show therapy... plus cheap botox injections & great hair makeovers. It was impossible to tell how old Cookie was, she had redone everything numerous times... She’s gawgeous & sexy in a “Pamela Anderson” way... Every client at Hair Magic seemed to have a compelling tale to tell... It was so rich. I had a lot of empathy for these people. Even tho superficially I was so starkly different, I got very involved in some of their stories... There were lots of prescription pain pills being washed down with lite beer. Very tempting to me but I didn’t dare try it... No water in the fridge... Why bother???
I thought of drawing a comic about Cookie & her customers but I didn’t really know enuff. I had to find a way to hang out and observe... I talked to my cousin Ilana, who often spends family visits with me in Florida, and we came up with the idea of Ilana filming me getting a “Cookie makeover.”
So I asked Cookie if she could do a temporary makeover on me, to make me look as much like her or one of her clients as possible, and if Ilana could film it. She was game. It would be the “Hair Magic Reality Show.”
The look is blond, big tits, puffy lips, thick black lashes, high spike heels, & lots of baubles. Cookie was so generous... She took me home & found sexy clothes & torture shoes, tons of jewelry & a huge heavy studded belt for me in her own closet. Then she made me buy a super padded Wonder Bra & a wig with long straight blond hair (I normally have curly reddish hair). It surprised me: when she was done I looked really good in a totally different way. I felt like Cinderella.... When I went outside, men slammed on their brakes... They wanted to get near me. I never had big tits or blond hair, and what a shock it was! I realized how fascinated I was by Cookie & her pals... I could’ve turned out like one o’ them instead of a weird bohemian artist type... I guess it was fun to try it for awhile. After a few days my feet were killing me and my wig started popping off and I couldn’t get the eyelashes on straight!!
But we all had fun and Cookie and I have become good friends. I love & admire her & she thinks I’m cool too. Ilana got a lot of wacky footage but we haven’t done much with it yet... I took hundreds of photos, asked lots of questions & did some sketching and then I came home & drew these portraits & self portraits of us “glamourous blondes.” So check it out!
p.s.: It turns out Cookie & I are exactly the same age!!
SOPHIE CRUMB: EVOLUTION
OF A CRAZY ARTIST
A history of Sophie's sketchbooks, from her childhood to age twenty-eight, edited by her parents, Robert and Aline.
Hardcover edition, 272 pages,
8.4 " x 10.3"
"The true legacy of her parents' influence is her constant outpouring of uncensored, self-critical, and perceptive drawing." -- Publishers Weekly
ALL ARTWORK IS COPYRIGHT ROBERT CRUMB UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED