Alt-Comics Legend Kominsky-Crumb's 'Love That Bunch' Tour Begins

An enduring work from one of the comics industry’s most acclaimed and influential creators returns in a new, expanded edition with Aline Kominsky-Crumb’s Love That Bunch (MAR181571F, $29.95) from Drawn & Quarterly.

Originally published in 1990, Love That Bunch — which will be Kominsky-Crumb’s only solo-authored book in print — trac­es the creator’s steps as a Beatles-loving fangirl, an East Village groupie, an adult grappling with her childhood, and a 1980s housewife and mother. This new expanded edition follows her to the present, including a new 30-page story, “Dream House,” that looks back on her childhood forty years later, and a foreword penned by the noted comics scholar Hillary Chute.

Kominsky-Crumb redefined the Bay Area’s underground comix scene with unabashedly raw, dirty, unfiltered comics chron­icling the thoughts and desires of a woman coming of age in the 1960s. Without worrying about self-flattery, she turned her darkest secrets and deepest insecurities into fodder for groundbreaking stories. Her exaggerated comix alter ego, Bunch, is self-destructive and grotesque but crackles with the self-depre­cating humor and honesty of a cartoonist confident in the story she wants to tell.

Collecting comics from the 1970s through, Love That Bunch is shockingly prescient while still being an authentic story of its era. Kominsky-Crumb was ahead of her time in juxtaposing the contradictory nature of female sexuality with a proud, complicat­ed feminism. Most important, she does so without apology.

Kominsky-Crumb will be taking Love That Bunch on tour throughout the U.S. this spring. You can check out her tour dates below. 

Drawn & Quarterly's Love That Bunch (MAR181571F) is available to pre-order through comic shops now.

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