The Bible gets the Robert Crumb treatment
If you’re unaware of Robert Crumb and his underground cult hit, Frizt the Cat, you might want to read up on this iconic character before preceeding further. Frizt has the distinction of being the most successful independant animated feature of all time, grossing 100 million dollars worldwide, despite the fact it received an X rating in the US (If you’re a Simpson fan, you may recall the Itchy and Scratchy tribute episode).
Crumb’s recently turned his attention to the Bible, specifically the Book of Genesis, and decided to make an illustrated comic book graphically depicting all 50 chapters. So, how long before Christians go apeshit over this? Take it away Mike Judge of the Christian Institute:
“If you are going to publish your own version of the Bible it must be done with a great deal of sensitivity. The Bible is a very important text to many, many people and should be treated with the respect it deserves.
“Representing it in your own way is all very well and good but it must be remembered that it is a matter of people’s faith, their religion.
“Faith is such an important part of people’s lives that one must remember to tread very carefully.”
They want us to walk on eggshells again. Problem is, Crumb hasn’t taken anything out of context. He’s just taking his cues directly from the Bible, and of course people would be offended; it’s a fucking offensive book! Lot getting raped by his daughters, Onan being slaughtered by God for spilling his semen on the floor; the list just goes on. Let’s just say that anyone who reads the Bible as a bedtime story for their children would probably scar them for life.
Personally I’m adding this book as part of my religious collection. I’ve always had a strange fascination with Crumb’s artwork. He seems to have the ability to make everything look dirty and inappropriate. Go check it out!