Crumb

Monday, September 28
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1hr 59mins // directed by:Terry Zwigoff // featuring:Robert Crumb // 35mm

Meet R. Crumb: legendary underground comic book artist, ragtime jazz aficionado and arguably one of the less eccentric members of his extended family.

Years before he adapted Daniel Clowes’ comic book Ghost World into an indie film classic, Terry Zwigoff directed this unique and intimate documentary about another cartoonist. Infamous for his late ‘60s LSD-inspired countercultural Zap Comix (and his characters Mr. Natural and Fritz the Cat), Crumb comes off as an offbeat but charming raconteur. As Zwigoff examines his subject’s work, aesthetic and outlook on life, he uncovers an even more intriguing and far darker story as he extensively interviews Crumb’s disturbed brothers Maxon and Charles.

A landmark documentary that reached a wide audience for its time, Crumb remains a singular portrait of what inspires and influences the creation of art.


Before the screening, the Coolidge lobby will feature a special display of artwork by local cartoonists and comic book artists. 

Mehitabel Glenhaber can no longer say that she's a local-to-Somerville comic artist, since she just moved to Cambridge. She writes comics about many things, including the adventures of a squid in space, and fairy tales as Alan Turing would have told them. Her latest work, Tales of Terror in the EC Tradition, tells the true story of the comics panic of the 1950s that led to the formation of the Comics Code.

Dan Mazur is an independent cartoonist, editor, publisher and author who lives in Cambridge. His comics have appeared in numerous anthologies, and his Cold Wind (with Jesse Lonergan), was named a notable in The Best American Comics of 2013. He is the co-writer with Alexander Danner of Comics: A Global History, 1968 to the Present. He is co-founder of the Boston Comics Roundtable, and MICE: the Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo, and founder of Ninth Art Press, as small press devoted to comics and comics anthologies. His most recent comic is The Jernegan Solution, based on a true historical mystery, set in Maine in 1898. www.danmazurcomics.com

Heide Solbrig is a filmmaker, graphic novelist and media scholar. The Dandelion King: Love and Loss in the Gas Line, is an autobiographical graphic novel, book app, and film series documenting domestic and political aspects of divorce, the California mental health system, and social-scientific innovations in "human relations" in the 1970s. Solbrig's scholarly and media work examines the history of capitalism and concentrates on what some have described as 'economic storytelling', i.e. stories about how economics, history and politics impact us in intimate ways. Her creative work uses experimental montage or 'bricolage', combining illustration, historical footage, interview, and personal-essay narration.