We’ve sourced some of the most interesting and thought-provoking Robert Crumb Quotes. Each of the following quotes is overflowing with creativity, and knowledge.
When I was younger, I just lived my life on paper. I didn’t really live in the real world very much. As a consequence, I couldn’t cope with the real world and real people very well. That in itself became life threatening, so I had to stop drawing so much and learn how to cope with people.
Some things I won’t do for any amount of money. Like for instance, there’s a couple of CEOs of very large corporations that offered me lots of money to do special pictures for them. And I just refused to do that. Even if it was a million dollars I wouldn’t do it.
The only burning passion I’m sure I have, is the passion for sex.
I moved further and further away from mass entertainment. The sexual element became increasingly sinister and bizarre. Don’t blame me! The bastards drove me to it! They all backed off after that!
I always had a sketchbook with me when I was young. I was hiding behind it, basically, hiding behind drawing because I couldn’t cope with people in real life; I was very shy and very nervous around people.
There’s many heroic underappreciated investigative journalists.
The French hold onto their traditions. I was always so alienated in America. My work was this constant reaction to that.
The work itself is what motivates me. I like my own stuff, you know? I like the way it looks. I do it to please myself first.
If you’re trying to work the art game, if you’re like Andy Warhol or something, then you’re in with cake-eaters of society. You want to get in with them and please them and get their money.
The Bible was not written for entertainment purposes, so it’s a real hodgepodge and a compendium of all kinds of stuff.
I have always had an abiding interest in that type of female anatomy.
You must thank the gods for art, those of us who have been fortunate enough to stumble onto this means of venting our craziness, our meanness, our towering disgust.
The fine-art world knows very little about the cartoon world.
I knew I was weird by the time I was four. I knew I wasn’t like other boys. I knew I was more fearful. I didn’t like the rough and tumble most boys were into. I knew I was a sissy.
I felt so painfully isolated that I vowed I would get revenge on the world by becoming a famous cartoonist.
In my midteens I went through a brief stage of religious fanaticism, but it was very much about just saying prayers and stuff like that, reciting rosaries and spending a lot of time on that kind of Catholic ritual.
With comics, you’ve got to develop some kind of shorthand. You can’t make every drawing look like a detailed etching. The average reader actually doesn’t want all that detail; it interferes with the flow of the reading process.
Killing yourself is a major commitment, it takes a kind of courage. Most people just lead lives of cowardly desperation. It’s kinda half suicide where you just dull yourself with substances.
I use the old Strathmore vellum surface paper, which is the best paper you can get in the Western world for ink line drawing. It has a good, hard surface.
In the fall of 1968, I became attractive to women. One day I was an ignored schlub in the street, then suddenly all these good-looking women were interested in me.
I was raised Catholic and I went to church until I was 16. I went through a phase when I was 15 of being quite fanatically Catholic. I was going to church a lot, receiving communion, saying the Rosary, praying, all that stuff. But when I started scrutinizing it, it just fell apart so quickly.
When I come up against the real world, I just vacillate.
I’m into old-time music; I’m not very interested in modern, popular music at all. And if I’m really into some particular old-time musician, some fiddler or banjo player, I’m always dying of curiosity to see what they look like. So there’s some connection between visual images and music.
Violence begets violence, and then you get leaders who are violent men. And you don’t want that.
I’m just a negative person, a deeply negative person. I see the worst aspects of everything.
You can’t make everybody love you. It’s an exercise in futility, and it’s probably not even a good idea to try.
Oh, yes. I knew I was weird by the time I was four. I knew I wasn’t like other boys. I knew I was more fearful. I didn’t like the rough and tumble most boys were into. I knew I was a sissy.
When people say ‘What are underground comics?’ I think the best way you can define them is just the absolute freedom involved… we didn’t have anyone standing over us.
The comics are where all the crazy subconscious stuff comes out.
People still make me nervous, but gradually over the years I’ve developed kind of like a public personality, so I can talk. I have my spiel, I have my stories.
When I go back to America, after a few days I am once again filled with this kind of angry alienation and disgust with this thing there that America has got – you have no idea how pervasive it is there. The public relations and propaganda put out by the corporate mono-culture there is so pervasive.
Everything that is strong in me has gone into my art work.
I would call myself a Gnostic. Which means, I’m interested in pursuing and understanding the spiritual nature of things. A Gnostic is somebody seeking knowledge of that aspect of reality.
Throwaway pens are no good – I never liked them. I’ve tried them all.
We were always drawing comics as kids. My brother Charles made me draw comics. I was very much under his domination. He was actually a much stronger artistic visionary than I was.