The Bible + R. Crumb = Best-seller?

genesis-r-crumb_lCould it be that Robert Crumb, after a half-century of drawing the margins of, first, “underground comics” and then nakedly-confessional “comix,” will finally become a best-selling author with today’s release of his The Book of Genesis Illustrated?

It sure looks that way. As of this writing, Genesis is No. 6 on, and No. 20 on Barnes & Noble’s website.

It helps, to some extent, that the reclusive Crumb—whose previous biggest media exposure was probably the terrific 1994 documentary Crumb—is doing some publicity for this book, granting interviews to places like Newsweek and USA Today.

And perhaps the book is tapping into two until-now distinct markets: Bible readers and Crumb readers. But ultimately, it’s Crumb’s glorious art, so meticulously detailed, so rich in both research and passion, that’s intriguing people who normally wouldn’t want to pick up a religious graphic novel by a counterculture icon.

Crumb lives the ex-pat life in the south of France these days. Here’s hoping he’s celebrating his successful publication with a glass of wine, some good cheese, and some fresh drawings in his sketchbook.

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  • Shay

    Wow. I have to pick this up.

  • Daniel Fidler

    Me too. I just saw the documentary a couple of months ago, and have been recommending it to other fellow comic book fans.

  • Sue Zimmerman

    although I am not as familiar with RCrumb as I am the Bible I pray that this will open up the Message of the Cross to those who would never crack open the Word of God.

  • Angelo thomas Crapanzano

    I am not familiar with Crubs writings, but I feel anything that will advance the bible story is a great book.

  • Milca

    / lmao!! You are not gonna believe this (well you aultacly might!) My husband and I were just having almost the identical conversation this morning!Our dog started a Twitter account less than a week ago and has almost 200 followers my husband has had a Twitter account for almost a YEAR and was proudly telling me that as of TODAY he has 50 followers be still my heart!!! lol

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