Thursday, December 01, 2022

Aline Kominsky-Crumb 1948 - 2022


Underground cartoonist Aline Kominsky–Crumb passed away at her home at France on Tuesday. She was 74. The cause was pancreatic cancer. She is survived by her husband Robert, daughter Sophie, and grandson Eli.


From The Beat:

The news was first posted by her local comics shop/gallery.


Fantagraphics comments on Facebook:

 From The Daily Cartoonist Facebook page:

"The underground comix scene, which arose from the counterculture of the 1960s, was not especially supportive of female artists. One of the few to break through and leave a lasting legacy was Aline Kominsky-Crumb, whose frank, self-lacerating, darkly humorous stories helped inspire generations of visual storytellers and the wider culture. Word started spreading on social media that Kominsky-Crumb died on Tuesday at her home in France from pancreatic cancer, confirmed by sources close to the family. She was 74."


From Forbes:

"Kominsky-Crumb, born Aline Goldsmith, grew up in Long Island, and first got into underground comix when she was at the University of Arizona in Tucson in the late 1960s. She moved to San Francisco in 1972 to pursue her artistic career, and soon fell in with underground icon Robert Crumb after mutual friends noted a coincidental resemblance to a character Crumb had created several years previously named 'Honeybunch Kominsky.' The couple were married in 1978, and had a daughter, Sophie, in 1981.

"Kominsky-Crumb was a founding member of the influential all-female collective that produced the anthology Wimmin’s Comix, a long-running feminist comic published by Last Gasp from 1972-1985. Kominsky-Crumb, along with artist Diane Noomin, broke with the group in the mid-1970s to do their own publication, Twisted Sisters. Both comics were some of the first to deal squarely with the political issues around female empowerment, criticism of the patriarchy, sexual politics, lesbianism and other topics central to feminist ideology."

I always liked the autobiographical comix that she did with Robert Crumb, her husband of fifty years. She drew herself, and he drew himself in a series appropriately titled "Dirty Laundry Comics.".


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The Comics Journal Obituary

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