Maxon Crumb

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Maxon Crumb
Born 1945 (age 70–71)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality American
Known for Painting, drawing, writing
Notable work Crumb Family Comics, Maxon's Poe, HardCore Mother

Maxon Crumb (born 1945) is an American artist and the younger brother of underground cartoonist Robert Crumb[1] and Charles Crumb,[1] and the uncle of Sophie Crumb, he also has two sisters, Carol DeGennaro[1] and Sandra Colorado, who is the widow of writer Marty Pahls, a Robert Crumb crony.[1] His parents are Charles Crumb and Beatrice Crumb.[1]

Maxon was featured in the documentary Crumb.[2]

Maxon initially started painting as a way to deal with his own personal demons. However, he has subsequently come to use it to support himself, replacing his previous need to panhandle.[3]

Maxon's early work can be found in works such as Weirdo, Liquidator,[4] Maxon's Poe (1997), and Crumb Family Comics (Last Gasp, 1998).

His first published novel, HardCore Mother (2000) was a study of incest and sadism.[5] Since the publication of HardCore Mother (2001)[5] his work has found a wider audience.[6]

Paintings and ink drawings can take weeks or months to complete. During this time Maxon says that he will enter into an intense creative state where the work becomes paramount, to the detriment of normal everyday concerns including eating.[3]

Maxon's drawings are available online[6] as well as fine art limited edition prints.[7]

Maxon practices celibacy and has done so for many years because, as he has explained in interviews, for him, sex triggers epileptic seizures.[3]


  1. ^ a b c d e Lovece, Frank (June 2, 1995). "A new documentary focuses on Robert Crumb -- Crumb highlights the cartoonist's dysfunctional family". Entertainment Weekly. 
  2. ^ Guthmann, Edward (May 26, 1995). "Exposing the Nerves of Crumb 's Tortured Soul - Film profiles underground artist of '60s". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-11-17.
  3. ^ a b c Edward Guthmann (2006-10-03). "Still in the shadows, an artist in his own right". Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  4. ^ "Liquidator Magazine". 
  5. ^ a b "HardCore Mother". 
  6. ^ a b "Maxon Crumb Original Art". Retrieved 2009-01-25. 
  7. ^ "Maxon Crumb Current Works". Retrieved 2009-01-25. 

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