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Film, "Marwencol": One guy's self-help project is another's outsider art

"Marwencol": One guy's self-help project is another's outsider art

Exactly the sort of mysterious and almost holy experience you hope to get from documentaries and rarely do, Jeff Malmberg's Marwencol is something like a homegrown slice of Werner Herzog oddness, complete with true-crime backfill and juicy metafictive upshot. It…
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Calendar, Night&Day Kicking and Screaming

Kicking and Screaming

Legend has it, a trip to the toilet with Zap Comix inspired Ron Turner to borrow $2,500 to start his publishing company, Last Gasp. It was 1970, a year fraught by both optimism and opposition. Turner, like a holy fool…
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Calendar, Night&Day Che In Spain

Che In Spain

Robert Crumb pal and compere Spain Rodriguez follows the near-mythical life of Ernesto "Che" Guevara, from book-filled childhood to Bolivian jungle death in Che: A Graphic Biography. Including the now-famous motorcylce ride across Latin America! The book is co-authored by…
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Film, Inside the Lines

Inside the Lines

Art School Confidential is much like every movie pilfered from the Saturday Night Live playbook, in which the slight giggles of a four-minute sketch are wrung into two-hour yawns. The work upon which it's based is a four-page excerpt from…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

Read the works of underground comic illustrator Robert Crumb -- or see Crumb, the 1994 biographical film about him -- and you'll notice that the guy's obsessed with both strong women and obscure early-20th-century 78 rpm records. He's combined those…
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Calendar, Night&Day Quick Draws

Quick Draws

The revolutionary Underground Comix artists of the 1960s and '70s forged a free-expression zone where radical politics, drugs, violence, and especially sex -- the more salacious the better -- were fair game. Inspired by the irreverence of Mad magazine, the…
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Dining, Eat

Side Dish

In Living Color Harry was there with all the other swells who shelled out the clams for the triumphant return. I speak of the Black & White Ball and one fun, wind-swept night at the Civic Center. The grub was…
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Calendar, Halloween

Slap Shots

On Being a Weirdo Comic artist/illustrator Hal Robins is poking through his room, which is crowded with hundreds of plastic dinosaurs, hunting for another piece of art that might exemplify his style of crosshatching. Cassette tapes are carefully stacked 20…
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