A Book of Genesis You Can Appreciate January 14, 2009

A Book of Genesis You Can Appreciate

Artist Robert Crumb‘s illustrated version of the Book of Genesis is slated to be published in the Fall of 2009.


That will be awesome.

Comic editor Charles Kochman was asked what he thought would be “the biggest story in comics in 2009.” He said this:

The long-awaited publication of Robert Crumb’s Book of Genesis, an adaptation of the Bible story, which Norton will be publishing in Fall 2009. I had the privilege of seeing some of the pages in France two years ago, and the scope of the work has haunted me ever since. I’m sure the religious right will be all up in arms with cliché horror that a quote unquote “cartoonist” has defamed their sacred cow, but Crumb is taking this work very seriously, and Genesis is some of his best work.

I’m drooling already.

(via Boing Boing)

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  • Well… didn’t they try that already when they brought out the Manga Bible? (basically japanese comics)


    and here.

    I’m not drooling. I’m of the opinion that it can still get more epic than Genesis, or even the bible for that matter.

  • Do you need to write “quote unquote” before you put a word into quotation marks? Isn’t that the point of quotation marks? And shouldn’t it be “quote cartoonist unquote.” I guess that’s why this guy is editing comics and not real books.

  • I have a soft spot for Crumb’s artwork, and this struck me an an odd choice of source material for him…until I realized that he’s drawn plenty of violence and incest already.

    Think of the possibilities if he takes artistic license with some of the Bible stories: Mr. Natural as one of the prophets, Fritz the Cat coming back to life after three days–the possibilities are endless!

  • I can hardly wait to see this in print. I enjoy his artwork and have a sneaking suspicion that he will give us some of the most ‘interesting’ details from the Old testament.

    I hope that you will do a follow up on this story.


  • Can’t wait for the illustration of the whole Sodom and Gomorrah story, and the incestuous relations between Lot and his daughters, and “the flood,” and Abraham’s attempted murder of Isaac, and the time when God slays Judah’s firstborn son (Er), and the Onan “masturbation” scene, and on and on and on.

    What a great book!

  • Can’t wait to see what Crumb comes out with. It will, in all likelihood, be an enormously respectful, beautiful and sincere artwork. Of course it’ll just spark another round of “Stop persecuting us poor Christians!”…

  • I roomed with a girl in college whose mother apparently dated Crumb for a time. At least that’s what she said, she was more than a little odd, so we only knew each other for a couple of months… 🙂

    I’m really looking forward to this, and I’m sure our ex president is as well, since he loves those picture books.

  • Crumb should not be confused with Chick who has also done lots of Genesis cartoon work.

    Thump thump thump.

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