This remembrance of outsider artist Charles Crumb, who committed suicide in 1994, and was the brother of the cartoonist, has been linked everywhere.
The first saint: Charles Crumb, of Zwigoff’s great documentary. He never moved out. In the end, he barely left his room. He read; piles of books everywhere. He hadn’t read Hegel and Kant, he says in the film, but he might do. Meanwhile he’s rereading books he read twenty years ago. He is around fifty years old; he has a year before his suicide. Gentle and withdrawn, bullies tormented him at school. Hutch – that was the name of one of them. That was his name. Hutch and his cronies. Hutch would beat him in the school hall until he fell to the ground. There he was, Hutch, the cronies and everyone looking at him on the ground.
Above: a still from TREASURE ISLAND — Charles’s great love in life was Bobby Driscoll, who played Jim Hawkins.