While the Norton booth was hyping the fall release of R. Crumb’s adaptation of the Book of Genesis with a big poster, and editor Robert Weil had a copy, he refused to show it to anyone in the press, citing an embargo until today’s New Yorker.
As a long time loyal New Yorker subscriber, we can tell you that there is indeed an 11-page excerpt from GENESIS in this week’s New Yorker. We won’t spoil things (and it’s sure to be scanned soon anyway) but here’s a one-panel teaser. The rest of it is just as fantastically amazing. Based on this excerpt, it’s a fitting capstone to Crumb’s great career.
Meanwhile, you CAN read online a story about Peter Poplaski and the making of the book:
Peter Poplaski lives in the same medieval village in the south of France as Robert Crumb, and when Crumb began work on “The Book of Genesis” (his unabridged illustrated version of the first book of the Bible), Poplaski brought over his copy of D. W. Griffith’s 1916 silent film “Intolerance.” Crumb was so impressed with its colossal Babylonian gates and attack scenes, he wished aloud for film stills he could reference.
“So I offered to help Robert build a photo morgue,” said Poplaski. “When I was eleven, I used to take pictures of Superman on T.V. My father had a camera you could stop at 1/24 of a second, and I would take pictures of George Reeves crashing through windows.”