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About the Author: Maxon Crumb

Born in 1945, Maxon Crumb is the youngest brother of Charles (deceased) and Robert Crumb. Although Maxon has been drawing, painting, and writing for over 25 years (early work appeared in Weirdo, Liquidator, and his self-published Crumb's Brother's Magazine), it is only since the publication of Maxon's Poe (Word Play, 1997) and HardCore Mother (CityZen Books, 2001) his first novel, that his artistry has been accessible to a wide audience.

From 1997 Maxon has earned his living solely through art sales, book royalties, and private commissions. Despite his busy schedule he still takes time to enjoy long walks in the country and explore his inner self. He still meditates a few hours a week on the streets of San Francisco.

Maxon's worldview is in his art. He is well versed in classic art and literature, as seen in his references to European masters and exotic images of Aztecan/Mayan architecture and sacrificial rituals. Suppressed sexual tension and curiosity are expressed in searching, sometimes graphically violent, compositions. Throughout his work runs a current of sophisticated, subliminal social commentary.

Maxon is a quiet genius; eccentric, perhaps, but practical aplenty (he's very computer savvy, for instance) to balance his creative gifts.

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Paperback, Published in May 2001 by Books on Demand

ISBN10: 3831115117 | ISBN13: 9783831115112

Page count: 120

While answering the call of an injured girl, Oakland police officials uncover an eerily dark and disturbing family. Although their intervention halts the immediate danger, it does little to effect long-standing change. Destructive patterns of interpersonal interaction are viewed from the perspective of each family member as the girl and her brother endure the hardship of living with an overbearing and sadistic psychotic mother. The psychosexual stressors culminate in the son's intense, gut-wrenching confrontation with his ill mother ... Robert Crumb, famous Underground Comic artist, comments on his brother Maxon's new book: "One of the strangest, quirkiest pieces of literature I've ever read. "It is bizarre in the extreme ... well written, interesting, entertaining even ... a bit harrowing ... where do such ideas come from? "[HardCore Mother] is on the outer edge of utter strangeness, perversity, and inverted human imagination ... not digestible for the general public, certainly ... only for a very small elite of aficionados of such stuff ... "Beautiful work ... [Maxon]'s in his creative prime."

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