I saw his documentary about his life, Crumb. I have seen his comics. I kind of.. don't get it. Other than him being expressive of himself in his comics, and how risque the images and suggestions, I don't see the big deal. Maybe that is the only big deal. But even that, I don't see as much of a deal. Did he further the art of comics? Is that it? Did he elevate comics into a socially relevent medium for expression and consciousness raising?
I don't find his comics to be very deep. Just the candid ideas of a guy with a few obsessions. I find most of them to be repulsive. I guess maybe I'm just a prude. I can't even imagine why they would be considered so revolutionary when they don't appear to me to say anything your average teenage boy wouldn't say. Or is it that he was bold enough to say it, and draw it, and that was revolutionary enough?
What is your opinion of R. Crumb and his art work, his comics? Why were they so relevant? Why are they still considered relevant?
He challenged the ideals of traditional society and the hippies, with a kind of nihilism, an honest admition of being self centered. I guess that's it? He was amusing? Meh? He drew his insecurities and obsessions. Mostly I'm disgusted by his comics.