If Phoenix wants to have a 24-7 downtown, with activity going every night of the week, we need to get out of the “let’s have an event on First Friday mentality.
In 1988, after the popular, but depressing 12-panel “A Short History of America” series went out of print, Robert Crumb added three panels to answer the “What next?” question posed in his original final 12th panel. Although intended as an extension of the original series, this epilogue stands on its own.
The Future According to Robert Crumb
In these 3 panels, Crumb depicts three possible futures:
- “Worst Case Scenario: Ecological Disaster” an ecological wasteland;
- “The FUN Future: Techno fix on the march!” ‘Jetson’s’ like high-tech cities; and,
- “The Ecotopian Solution.” Hippie inspired rural communities.
Third in a three part series (Parts 1 and 2)
The same intersection Robert Crumb depicted in his ‘A Short History of America’ series as it may look today.
Robert Crumb is an artist and illustrator recognized for the distinctive style of his drawings and his critical, satirical, subversive view of the American mainstream. While he is perhaps best known for his ‘Keep on Truckin’” and Fritz the Cats’ cartoons, his ‘Short History of America’ series is an urbanist classic.
Arguably his most timeless image, this series shows the gradual metamorphosis of a single plot of land from virgin wilderness to urban decay in 12 panels. It first appeared in black & white in 1979 in the ecological magazine Co-Evolutionary Quarterly and in Snoid Comics. It was rearranged and colored by Peter Poplaski in 1981 and quickly became Kitchen Sink Press’ best-selling poster.
Panels 1-6 of “A Short History of America,” by Robert Crumb
Panels 7-12 of “A Short History of America,” by Robert Crumb
A poster version of the series can be purchased here.
First in a three post series,(Parts 2 and 3)
A look at the words that appeared most often in my tweets during the month of November 2009.
Five of my favorite articles and blog posts that I read between November 20th-27th.
A quick test to see if you are an urbanite.
As an incurable urbanist, I am excited by what’s going on in downtown Phoenix. However, I am not blind to the fact that it is a work in progress.
Not only was Greenbuild an opportunity to promote the virtues of shopping locally, it was also an opportunity for Local First Arizona to connect with many local green-business owners in Arizona.
Last week’s Greenbuild Conference wasn’t all about trade show booths and talks. Of particular interest to DPJ readers was a tour of five urban infill sites in downtown Phoenix.