Part five of the legendary cartoonist Robert Crumb’s thoughts on various famous folk, Crumb On Others, compiled by Alex Wood, has been posted up on Crumb’s site. The people Crumb offers his opinion on come in all varieties, from musicians like Fats Waller to Beat writing icon Jack Kerouac, Jean Paul Sartre, Hugh Heffner and, of course, other cartoonists such as Moebius and Bill Griffith:
“He’s about the only guy in America who’s doing a readable, interesting daily comic strip for daily newspapers. He’ s the only one left, as far as I know. I don’t know of any others. He’s not in very many papers any more, because most people don’t get his strip generally. But his strip is still good. Every week I get the whole week’s set of strips from the company that sends out the copies to each newspaper. Bill put me on that list, so I read the strips each week eagerly. There’s always two or three really funny strips each week. I don’t know how he does it. It’s phenomenal that he can still keep on doing it each week and still be interesting and funny. There’s some kind of genius there. He’s one of my pals, Bill Griffith. I met him in the early ’70s when he came to San Francisco. I worked with him in Arcade and all that. Periodically, I see him every now and then when we go to New York, he and Diane Newman. Periodically, not that often, but whenever we get a chance. They live in Connecticut, in some house out in Connecticut somewhere,” Crumb on Bill Griffith.
It’s well worth a look through the preceding four instalments of Crumb on Others, which include his views on Chris Ware, Philip K Dick, Charles Burns, Herge (not a fan, apparently), Woody Allen, Harvey Kurtzman, Spain Rodriguez George Herriman, Walt Kelly, Winsor McCay and a pile of other creative, historical and political figures from Lincoln to Obama. Some are only a couple of sentences in response to Alex asking him what he thinks of a particular person, others are fairly long answers, some are people he has known personally,others just figures he has read of or listened to, quite a few are comics creators but it varies across all sorts of other people from politicians to jazz musicians and film-makers. (link via BoingBoing)