Legendary underground comic artist, R. Crumb, who brought Fritz the Cat and Keep on Truckin’ to the world, has a new book due out October 19. Crumb has decided to tackle the Old Testament, more specifically, he’s sending out The Book of Genesis Illustrated by R. Crumb (224 pages, W.W. Norton, $24.95). Working from a King James Bible and Robert Alter’s translation, Crumb will be sharing his take on Creation, Noah and the Flood, Sodoom & Gomorroh, God and more.
The comic artist, who now lives in the south of France, found the experience fun and visual. His publisher, Jonathan Cape, calls the project “scandalous satire” which “presents a complex, even subversive, narrative that calls for a significant re-examination of both the Bible’s content and its role in our culture.”
Black and white drawings from the project will be on display in Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum from October 24, 2009 to February 7, 2010. The exhibit is reported to be traveling, but the list of showplaces has not yet been announced.
Excerpts from the project can be viewed at the New Yorker