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02-04-2009, 07:08 PM
I want to get into underground comics, thinking about R. Crumb And Pekar, any ideas of where to start.
02-04-2009, 08:55 PM
Honestly, one of the best ways I've found for getting into newer comics genres that I don't know much about was from flipping through the book 500 Essential Graphic Novels. You can find it at most bookstores like Borders and Barnes & Noble, and hell, your public library might even have it.
Flip through it and read some reviews, and you'll probably find something that sounds appealing.
As for personal recommendations go, what do you like to read? Have you read any underground comics?
02-05-2009, 12:57 AM
There is a great Greg Irons book entitled You Call This Art? that reprints a lot of his war comics with Tom Veitch as well as his work as a rock'n'roll poster designer that is definitely worth a look.
02-05-2009, 03:35 AM
Start with Zap comics (comix). It will give you a pretty good overview of the early "underground revolution". Wide variety of styles.
02-08-2009, 09:12 PM
You should read "Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers." No big reason and I don't think it's nearly as influential as the Crumb stuff, it's just really funny.
02-09-2009, 05:56 AM
I don't know how influential Freek Brothers is, but I vaguelly remember reading that it's the best selling comic of all time - no idea if that's actually true though.
02-10-2009, 02:41 AM
Chester Brown's 'Ed The Happy Clown' is incredibly good.
02-21-2009, 03:54 PM
I would also suggest webnovels, they are free and mostly turn into hard and paper back
02-23-2009, 11:33 AM
Freak Bros. is great stuff, especially if you like drugs! They just released an omnibus edition that I highly recommend. It's wonderful! Buy it at Rip Off Press (https://www.ripoffpress.com/CatPage.cfm?Category=Fabulous%20Furry%20Freak%20Br others&MerchType=B).
Ed the Happy Clown is good, and is of a surrealist bent.
Pekar and Crumb are definitely worth a read.
Are you looking only for underground classics, or the current varied crop of underground books?
Volume 2 of RAW is widely available, you could grab a copy and try following a creator that catches your fancy.
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