Title: The Book of Genesis
Author: Illustrated by Robert Crumb
Context: Robert Crumb, the American cartoonist has illustrated the comic book, The Book of Genesis. The 224 paged comic book, professes to be a literal, faithful illustration of the Book of Genesis. Sociopolitical context is eliminated in the book by the cartoonist making his comic book very controversial over the years. Ancient women and men are portrayed in the book showing their survival struggle. Main interest of the Robert Crumb is chronicling the mental and physical experience of being human.
Synopsis: The Book of Genesis reached at the number one position in the New York Times graphic novel bestseller list as well as at Amazon.com on the Christian books list. It’s a straightforward book with outright strangeness, with sex explicitly depicted but not gratuitous. The author states that that he every word of the original text has been faithfully reproduced by him. The warning ‘Adult Supervision Recommended for Minors’, features on the covering of the book. Robert Crumb holed himself in the hut of a shepherd in the south of France, where he lives along with his family. Aline his wife would get baskets of food for him, while he wrote this book. He took over four years to complete the The Book of Genesis.
Described in the text itself are explicit illustrations of sexual intercourse which have been particularly controversial in The Book of Genesis. Though Crumb is well known for depicting sex most explicitly, the surprising thing is that he has maintained tamer depictions of sex. On October 19, 2009, W. W. Norton & Company published the book.
Stills from classic Hollywood movies have been used in the sets and clothing in the book as there has been much of documentation to be done about the way people lived and dressed in ancient Mesopotamia.
Other works by the author:
1968 – Head Comix
1975 – They Yum Yum Book
1981-1997 – Sketchbook Series
1986 – Bible of Filth
1987-2005 – The Complete Crumb Comics
1993 – Introducing Kafka
1995 – America
1998 – Family Comics
1996 – Bob and Harv’s Comics
1997 – The R.Crumb Coffee Table Art Book
2001 – Odds & Ends
2005 – The R.Crumb Handbook
2006 – R.Crumbs’s Heroes of Blues, Jazz & Country
2007 – R. Crumb’s Sex Obsessions
2008 – Your Vigor for Life Appalls Me
2010 – The Book of Mr.Natural
2011 – The Complete Record Cover Collection
2011 – The Sweeter Side of R. Crumb
2012 – Drawn Together: The Collected Works of R. and A. Crumb
2013 – The Weirdo Years: 1981-1993