Robert Crumb, Gilbert Shelton and Friends: From the Comics Underground to the Courtroom
Mon 14 Jul 2014, 18.30-20.30
Conference Centre, British Library
£10, (£8 Over 60s) and £7
Robert Crumb and Gilbert Shelton are the two the undisputed stars of the American comic book scene that blossomed during the subversive days of the ’60s and ’70s. Their absurdist and psychedelic view of society was loved by some and shocked others. Robert Crumb coined the counterculture slogan ‘Keep on truckin…’ and made Fritz the Cat and Mr. Natural comic book celebrities, while Gilbert Shelton gave us the classic hippie satire The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers and Fat Freddy’s Cat. They remain as active as ever; continuing to draw and publish.
This is a rare chance to hear both talk about their careers – and their impact on the British comics world. In R Crumb’s case this reached national notoriety in the early 1970s when his work was at the centre of obscenity trials for Oz magazine’s ‘Schoolkids Issue’ and Nasty Tales. Also taking part in the event will be others involved in the Oz trial; Charles Shaar Murray, Geoffrey Robertson QC and Deyan Sudjic.
Sadly, Felix Dennis, who was due to appear, died on 22 June.
Supported by the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library