Robert Crumb was supposed to be the headlining appearance at the Graphic arts festival in Sydney, but the cartoonist has opted to not go after The Sunday Telegraph described him as a “self-confessed sex pervert” and a “very warped human being.”
The newspaper’s story on July 31 featured the headline “Cult genius or filthy weirdo”. In it, anti-child abuse campaigner Hetty Johnston described Crumb’s work as “crude and perverted images emanating from what is clearly a sick mind”.
“It was strong stuff and it made me look very, very bad,” Crumb said. “All it takes is a few people who overreact to something like that to show up and cause unpleasantness. I have a lot of anxiety about having to confront some angry sexual assault crisis group.”