june 1975 - february 1977
R. Crumb is undoubtedly the foremost cartoonist of the latter 20th Century, and his sketchbooks — in which he has written and drawn continually from the early 1960s to present — might rank as his finest achievement. Fantagraphics is proud to present these sketchbooks, in facsimile form, as a comprehensive series of volumes that will eventually run well over 4000 pages. Volume 10, covering mid-1975 through early 1977, is the latest, and it represents one of the more inquisitive and soul-searching periods in this phenomenal artist's life. These sketchbooks also stand as a monumental existential document. Crumb repeatedly expresses, through a variety of penetrating and coruscating visual metaphors, the central existentialist struggle: to live in the full light of consciousness with all the risk, pain and suffering that entails. Nowhere is this more apparent than in this tenth volume, which coincides with the disintegration of the late-1960s counterculture that made him famous. Like every volume in the series, though, Volume 10 offers the full panoply of a life of perceptions rendered with consummate artistry.
"R. Crumb is the Breughel of the twentieth century." – Robert Hughes, Time magazine art critic