From a circus pinhead to Keep on Truckin’, Mark Arnold takes an underground detour with these reviews of titles from the likes of Robert Crumb and Bill Griffith.
Are We Having Fun Yet?
One of the various compilations of strips featuring Bill Griffith’s highly popular but equally bizarre Zippy the Pinhead comic strip that has appeared in both underground and above ground sources.
Zippy was based on a circus freak from long ago named Zip with some modifications, none of which were his mental capacity. Zippy has adventures with such characters as the angry Mr. Toad, occasional wife Zerbina, and Griffy himself.
Some strips are hysterically funny while others are similarly confusing. His website has information on how to understand Zippy at www.zippythepinhead.com.
Complete Crumb Comics
Robert Crumb is a true living legend of the underground comic book, known for such iconic cartoons as his Keep on Truckin’ strip, the Big Brother and the Holding Company featuring Janis Joplin album cover called Cheap Thrills, and Fritz the Cat. There was even a movie about Crumb called, appropriately, Crumb.
This series attempts to print everything that Crumb has ever done from childhood on up. All of the aforementioned cartoons are here in various volumes and this series is definitely open-ended as Crumb continues to produce new material. This is a good way to get all of Crumb’s work in a cohesive and high-quality format.
Mark Arnold is a comic book and animation historian and a writing, art, and film/video production professional. He writes comic books and articles on comic books and animation for various publications in addition to scripts, short stories and novels. He is also skilled in sales, marketing and promotion, and has film and TV production experience with digital video, video tape, and film. He has many online websites including Fun Ideas, Mark's Rare Comics, The Harveyville Fun Times!, So Rare!, and Food Shop. He also writes an (almost) daily blog and writes and draws a weekly comic strip called Protecto, the Little Robot. For the curious, Mark can be reached online at email@example.com. Whew!