Monday, December 20, 2010

This weeks Featured Sale R. Crumb T-Shirt: "Stop Watching TV"

ON SALE this week, R. Crumb's "Stop Watching TV". This image was isolated from a full page strip which was the back cover of Motor City Comics No. 2 published by Rip Off Press in February of 1970.

The original warns of the evils of television and extols the virtues of reading Motor City Comics -"Read it and you will be set FREE! Contained within these pages are mind-blowing glimpses of REALITY as it REALLY IS! These comics BREAK THROUGH the TV-induced STUPOR, for this is ANTI-MEDIA!"

Reality as it Really is.......

R. Crumb T-Shirts available exclusively at Keep On Truckin Apparel.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

This weeks Featured ON SALE tee is a "Brilliant Idea"!

This little guy is pulled direct from the head of that old prognosticator Mr. Fred Natural. "Natch", as he is known to his friends, was created by the 1960's underground comics creator and counter culture icon Robert Crumb, and first appeared in the May 1967 issue of Yarrowstalks.
Mr. Natural is known as a madcap mystic who possesses magical powers and will on occasion share his cosmic insights. He always has the answer, he tells it like it is, he does not suffer fools well and he is never short on "Brilliant" ideas--like this one!!
This image is isolated from the lush Head Comix book cover which is one of my favorites. The cover also features Fritz the Cat and the Old Popperoo.
Available exclusively at Keep On Truckin' Apparel, enjoy 20% savings all this week. What a great idea!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

This weeks ON SALE shirt, R. Crumb's "Fritz the Cat" in black & white

We got an order today at Keep On Truckin Apparel from the Wardrobe Department at Fox networks new TV show "Raising Hope" for this Fritz the Cat classic in black and white. So in honor of Fritz's upcoming appearance enjoy 20% savings this week!
Other R. Crumb t-shirts which have already appeared on this hit series include the best seller--Keep on Truckin' as well as that madcap mystic, Mr. Natural.
Raising Hope airs on Tuesday nights at 9:00, right after Glee. Let us know if you spot Fritz!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Keep On Truckin' Featured Sale T Shirt this Week -- R. Crumb's Fritz the Cat

Fritz the Cat, Makes His Move

Fritz , the creation of Robert Crumb, first appeared on the comix scene in 1965. This image was pulled from an underground comic book cover done in 1969.

Fritz later went on to become a silver screen star in the 1972 animated film "Fritz the Cat". Due to artist differences, R. Crumb was not happy with the film-- and in 1972 Fritz was killed at the hands of a scorned female. Though tragic, his passing in this manner, was not a surprise to anyone who knew him well. There may be a lesson in there somewhere for all of us--but let's not worry about that.

Enjoy 20% off, this week --just Clink "On Sale" at Keep On Truckin' Apparel

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Music Maker Relief Foundation & The Heroes of the Blues

We here at Keep on Truckin' Apparel are so excited and thrilled to be donating a portion of the proceeds from sales of our "Heroes of the Blues" T-Shirt Collection to Music Maker Relief Foundation. Music Maker is based out of North Carolina, their mission to "keep the bluest of the blues alive", through offering support to musicians living in poverty, and launching careers with a hand up, not a hand out. As well they preserve and present American musical traditions for the benefit of local communities, worldwide education and future generations.

Their mission seems to go hand in hand with the spirit of the "Heroes of the Blues" series. These color portraits where commissioned by Yazoo Records founder Nick Perls. Nick spent time traveling through the South, visiting second hand shops and knocking on doors to track down old blues records in the 1960's. He then remastered and preserved these old 78-rpm. His work was part of the revival of the Blues in the 60's, and brought attention to these unsung heroes.

For the "Heroes of the Blues" artwork he turned to Robert Crumb, musician and cartoonist, and for the historical text Stephen Calt, author and blues historian. The 36 card trading card set first appeared in 1980, and includes:
Charley Patton, Son House, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Mississippi John Hurt, Memphis Minnie, Blind Blake, Willie McTell, Big Bill Broonzy, Gary Davis, Skip James, Roosevelt Sykes, Cannon's Jug Stompers, Blind Willie Johnson, Tommy Johnson, Sleepy John Estes, Peetie Wheatstraw, Bo Carter, Ed Bell, Barbecue Bob, Buddy Boy Hawkins, Papa Charlie Jackson, Memphis Jug Band, Ramblin' Thomas, Sam Collins, Furry Lewis, Bo-Weavil Jackson, Rube Lacey, Mississippi Sheiks, Whistler & His Jug Band, Curley Weaver & Fred McMullen, Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell, Jaybird Coleman, Frank Stokes, Clifford Gibson, Peg Leg Howell, and William Morris.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

KOT Apparel - New "Heroes of the Blues" Trading Tees


Keep On Truckin’ Apparel Launches R. Crumb “Heroes of the Blues”
T-Shirt Collection

Carlton, Oregon. Friday, November 5, 2010. Today, Keep On Truckin’ Apparel, LLC of Carlton, Oregon, announced the acquisition through Denis Kitchen Publishing of the exclusive rights to reproduce the “Heroes of the Blues” trading card color portraits as part of their apparel line. Online at, “KOT Apparel” features the cartoon artwork of Robert Crumb.

R. Crumb of underground comics fame combined both his passions as an artist, as well as a musician, when creating the original “Heroes of the Blues” Trading Card Set for Yazoo Records in 1980. These thirty-six, beautifully detailed color portraits, feature the early great musicians and singers who were among the first to record the Blues. The original text on the back of each card was penned by famed Blues historian and author Stephen Calt.

Keep On Truckin’s website, at, will begin the introduction of the collectable “Heroes of the Blues” t-shirts in Mid-November, planning to release them in the order in which the musicians where inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame. First releases will include: Charley Patton, Son House, Memphis Minnie, Blind Lemon Johnson and Big Bill Broonzy. Part of the proceeds from the sale of each t-shirt will be funneled back into the Blues community through a donation to Music Maker Relief Foundation.

Keep on Truckin’ currently offers two additional t-shirt collections: the “Classics Collection” featuring iconic R. Crumb illustrations; the “Mr. Natural Organics Collection” featuring Crumb’s infamous character and related imagery. All KOT Apparel is printed on-demand – based on the customer’s design preference and t-shirt style, color, and size choices. Shoppers can choose from conventional or organic cotton.

For more information, please contact:

E.R. Stephens
Founder, Owner
Keep On Truckin’ Apparel

Denise Stephens
Operations Manager
Keep On Truckin’ Apparel

Saturday, October 16, 2010

R. Crumb T Shirts

Launched by a small group of fans KOT Apparel secured licensing in 2009, and works in collaboration with Robert Crumb's team. Keep On Truckin' Apparel is currently featuring over 100 designs on the website and plans to continue to build the collection over time.
Featured are many Crumb fan favorites like Mr. Snoid, Mr. Natural, Fritz the Cat as well as covers from some of underground comix most memorable issues of Zap, Artistic Comics, Head, Motor City, Hytone, XYZ, San Francisco, Snarf, and Despair as well as publications like The East Village Other and the Mendocino Grapevine.
T-Shirts are available in conventional and organic cotton. And the customer is a part of the design process with the ability to choose from a large selection of themes and colors.
So what are you waiting for---get your Art On!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Zap Comix No. 1 Book Cover

Sold out of a baby carriage on the corner of Haight and Ashbury streets in San Francisco. Zap Comix No. 1 from 1967 was the soul creation of R. Crumb, after this issue he collaborated with S. Clay Wilson, Rick Griffin and Victor Moscoso to produce Zap #2.
Wear the cover that birthed the legend with this exclusive design from Keep On Truckin' Apparel.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Keep On Truckin'

Robert Crumb's Keep on Truckin, also called the Do-Dah men, this big footed gang first appeared in Zap Comix No. 1 in 1967. They were inspired by a visual riff of the Blind Boy Fuller song "Truckin' My Blues Away" and later referenced in the Grateful Dead song "Truckin" from the 1970's album American Beauty.
Two Keep On Truckin' Apparel exclusive designs:

Monday, October 4, 2010

Underground Comix Zap #0

Why Number #0?

R. Crumb tells the story of the lost first issue of Zap Comix in The R. Crumb Coffee Table Art Book (Kitchen Sink Press Book for Back Bay Books).

In October 1967 Crumb drew the first 24 page issue of Zap Comix and then sent the original art work off to an associate--he never heard from this associate again, nor was the art returned.

At the same time he had sent xerox copies off to New York where they were viewed by Don Donahue, Don loved the concept and arranged to publish Zap #1 which Robert had draw in November of that same year.

After Zap's success Crumb requested the xerox copies be returned and from the copies he doctored the artwork and redrew the cover page. So Zap #O was actually published after the third issue of Zap Comix had been released.

Ten years later, through his attorney, R. Crumb finally recovered the original art, he got a brief look at it---before, somehow, it disappeared again. So where in the world is that original artwork? And what would it be worth today? With single random unpublished pages of R. Crumb's original art pages going at auction for 10K-15K, those 24 pages of the comic that birthed a revolution---priceless.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

The Mendocino Grapevine "Tree Hugger" and R. Crumb

The Mendocino Grapevine was published from 1973 to 1986 in Willits, CA-- Mendocino County. In the early 70's the underground comix creator, Robert Crumb, was commissioned to do several covers for the newspaper. One of the most memorable was the February, 1973 cover,on which The Wheels of Progress Development Corp., Inc. are held back by a sole woman, later referred to as the "tree hugger". The caption reads "Woodman, Spare that Tree!!"

There is some speculation that this is where the term "tree hugger" was coined. It would be interesting to know if this is the case.

This classic image is now available on 100% Organic Cotton T-Shirts exclusively through Keep On Truckin' Apparel.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

All About R. Crumb

Born in Philadelphia August 30th, 1943 Robert Dennis Crumb; has shocked, entertained, titillated and challenged the imagination (and the inhibitions) of comics fans the world over. In truth, alternative comics as we know them today might never have come about without R. Crumb’s influence. The acknowledged “Father” of the underground comix genre is quoted as saying “When I’m not drawing. I’m NOTHING.”

Crumb’s earliest cartoons were inspired more by the work of Carl Barks and Bazil Wolverton than the superhero comics enjoying their first wave of popularity at the time of Crumb’s childhood in the late 40’s. At the age of 5 Crumb began honing his skills drawing his own versions of “funny animal” comics with his brothers, Max and Charles. These early efforts included the first incarnation of Fritz the Cat---after whom, years later; the concept of “funny animals” would never be the same.

In his teens, R. Crumb came to realize the incompatibility between the values espoused by his parents’ generation and his own. His admitted inability to “fit in” would enable him to develop the ability to question concepts such as conformity, normalcy---and what constituted art. After graduating from high school, Crumb moved to Cleveland, where he was hired by American Greetings, his first exposure to “corporate life”. As a greeting card artist, he was instructed to render his drawings as harmlessly “cute” as possible---something that would spill over into his later underground work, but with startling results.

Although to all outward appearances, Crumb seemed well and truly integrated into the “normal” existence that he had shunned as a teenager, he became more disillusioned with “the system” and the general dreariness of the 9-to-5 life. In January of 1967, after talking with some friends in a bar, he decided to drop everything---literally---and join them on their journey to San Francisco.

The “Summer of Love”, the gentle anarchy of Haight-Ashbury, a time of experimentation and questioning--- resulted in a metamorphosis---Crumb’s talent bloomed in ways not even he could have imagined. With his inhibitions not so much relaxed as demolished, Crumb felt driven to create the cartoon universe that would redefine the art of comics forever.

In the years 1967-1971, odd little magazines that certainly looked like the average, normal, all-American comic books began to appear in the kinds of shops frequented by denizens of the “counterculture.” The first Zap Comix No. 1 was published in 1967 and the underground comic book was officially born. This issue contained the single page “Keep On Truckin” inspired by a riff of the Blind Boy Fuller song “Truckin’ My Blues Away” this big footed gang, also called the Do-Dah men went on to become the moniker for a generation and where later referenced in the Grateful Dead song “Truckin” from the 1970’s album American Beauty.

Zap was followed by titles such as Despair, XYZ Comics, San Francisco Comic, Motor City Comics and Hytone Comix to name a few. The 1971 Hytone Comix, contained two single page strips which went on to become popular posters which adorned the walls of many a hippie pad during the 70’s, the infamous “Stoned Agin!” graced the inside back cover while the equally infamous “Tommy the Toilet” was the back cover.

Crumb’s characters are many and varied; one of the most likeable is that saucy sage Mr. Natural, Fred Natural or “Natch” as he is known to his friends, is part mystic, part con-man. He always has the answer, he tells it like it is, he is never short on brilliant ideas and he does not suffer fools well. He does get himself into a bit of trouble now and then, like when he told God he found the whole thing just a little bit “corny”, and was promptly ejected from heaven but always the philosopher he rolls with the punches. Other characters include Fritz the Cat of whom a feature film was made, Flakey Foont, Devil Girl, Mr. Snoid, Shuman the Human, Dirty Dog, Smelly Cat, Mr. Appropriate and many others.
Crumbs compulsive need to draw and to create, has filled many a sketchbook. A resent quote from an interview with Crumb in The Paris Review , “I am a bookmaker I see blank books I want to fill them, notebooks, sketchbooks, blank pages.” His most recent work, the illustration of The Book of Genesis, demonstrates Crumb’s mastery of pen and ink and the original art can be viewed in a traveling museum collection which is currently touring the country. Mr. Crumb presently resides in the French country side with his wife Aline.

And many thanks to William Giles, the author and creator of The Wacky World of Crumb, who has so generously allowed me to borrow heavily from his imagery and text. Check out his site, it is well worth the visit.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Exclusive R. Crumb, Mr. Natural T-Shirt Arriving Friday at Cartoon Art Museum!

Keep On Truckin' Apparel in collaboration with R. Crumb has created this exclusive design for the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. Starting Friday the museum store with have these cool Mr. Natural t-shirts available in White, Sand and Military Green sizes S-M-L-XL. So get yourself on down to the museum, at 655 Mission Street and get this one of a kind offering. "YEP"

Keep On Truckin' Apparel has over 100 Robert Crumb images available on t-shirt at their website

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                        

June 29, 2010 Keep On Truckin' Apparel announces R. Crumb T-Shirts available in stores August

KOT Apparel's fine line of R. Crumb t-shirts has been picked up by Diamond Comic Distribution and will be available in stores in August. Three hand selected designs, Keep On Truckin' Guys, Zap Comix Cover No. 2 and Mr. Natural Struttin' from KOT's vast library of Robert Crumb images will be featured. To be followed by new introductions each month through the holiday season.

Keep On Truckin', the moniker of a generation.

Choosing this t-shirt for the retail launch was easy as it continues to be KOT's best seller on the website. Also called the Do-Dah men, this big footed gang first appeared in Zap Comix No.1 in 1967. They were inspired by a visual riff of the Blind Boy Fuller song "Truckin' My Blues Away" and later referenced in the Grateful Dead song "Truckin" from the 1970's album American Beauty.

Zap Comix Cover No. 2

The 1968 cover by Robert Crumb promises to reveal gags, jokes, and kozmix trooths. Sounds like fun! And as a first edition print of this classic comic can now be thousands of dollars, you can wear the cover for only $19.95.

Mr. Natural Struttin'

Easily R. Crumb's most famous character is Mr. Natural. That gowned and breaded guru, that madcap mystic, who can pontificate upon a variety of subjects with great authority. Billed to be "th' only knower of th' cosmic mysteries alive at this time." If he doesn't know it—he'll make it up. What launch of Crumb's work could be complete without this saucy sage?

The artist Robert Crumb is often referred to as the "father" of the underground comix movement and the "grandfather" of the alternative movement. His career was birthed with Zap Comix in 1967, the "Summer of Love" in San Francisco, and he has been bent over his sketchbooks creating ever since. Topping the Best Sellers list with his recent release of The Book of Genesis has brought him to the fore front of pop culture yet again. His images appeal across generational lines to all free thinkers.

About Keep On Truckin' Apparel

Launched by a small group of fans KOT Apparel secured licensing in 2009, and works in collaboration with Crumb's team. KOT is currently featuring over 100 designs on the website and plans to continue to build the collection over time. T-Shirts are available in conventional and organic cotton. And the customer is a part of the design process with the ability to choose from a large selection of themes and colors. So get your Art On!

Keep On Truckin' Apparel, LLC

Denise Stephens

Operations Manager

P.O. Box 1150

Carlton, OR 97111








Saturday, July 3, 2010

Win A Keep On Truckin' Apparel T Shirt!!

Giving away T-Shirts is so much FUN, we just can't stop! Next drawing is Friday, July 9, 2010. There are two ways to enter:

1] On twitter just tweet the following:

Follow @kotapparel for your chance to win a t-shirt! Details at #win #free #tshirt

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You only have to do one of the above to be entered to win, do both and you will be entered twice.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Keep On Truckin'

The famous Keep On Truckin' big footed gang first appeared in Robert Crumb's Zap Comix No.1 issued in 1968, it was a single page comic. Also known as the Do Dah Men, they were inspired by a visual riff of the Blind Boy Fuller song "Truckin' My Blues Away" and later referenced in the Grateful Dead song "Truckin" from the 1970's album American Beauty.
They went on to inspire a generation to keep on keepin' on!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Snapped this shot of Mr. Natural pontificating upon the
bar at the Goose Hollow Inn while waiting for his reuben sandwich.
The Goose Hollow Inn was established in 1967 by former Mayor of Portland, Bud Clark. Bud is also known for being the model for the poster "Expose yourself to Art"
Mr. Natural made several new converts and had them rubbing his belly, ordering him another round and calling him "Natch". I had to drag him out.....

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Drawing God: R. Crumb and the Bible as Comics
Sunday, June 13, 2 p.m.
Douglas Wolk, the author of Reading Comics, will discuss R. Crumb's artistic evolution from radical underground cartoonist to godfather of the art-comics world. He'll also explore the history of Bible adaptations in comics form.
Portland Art Museum
Portland Art Museum
R. Crumb and Master Drawing exhibitions open June 12

June 12-September 19, 2010
Comic book artist R. Crumb has spent the last five years adapting the first book of the Old Testament to a comic book format. The Bible Illuminated: R. Crumb's Book of Genesis presents the results of Crumb's work on this ambitious project. The exhibition features all 207 individual black-and-white drawings incorporating every word from all 50 chapters of Genesis. Illustrated in his signature bawdy style, Crumb's version of these familiar stories--from the Garden of Eden to Noah's Ark--puts an entirely new twist on the Bible.
Big Planet Comics is now carrying KOT Apparels fine line of R. Crumb T-Shirts, you'll find Fritz the Cat, Mr. Natural, Head Comix, Zap Comix, Stoned Agin', Keep On Truckin' Guys, and XYZ ---the last work in comics. Cosmic!

Monday, May 31, 2010

R. Crumb T-Shirts now Available at Keith's Comics

R. Crumb T-Shirts by KOT Apparel now available at Keiths Comics in Dallas, TX. You'll find Fritz the Cat, and Mr. Natural as well those Keep On Truckin' Do-Dah Men all set to truck your blues away!!

Saturday, May 1, 2010

Portland Museum Exhibits R. Crumb's "Genesis"

June 12, 2010 – September 19, 2010

This summer, the Portland Museum of Art will present the drama and sweep of the Book of Genesis as illustrated by the internationally celebrated artist R. Crumb. Organized by the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles for a national tour, the exhibition of more than 200 drawings is the culmination of four years of labor by Crumb to illustrate every word of the fifty chapters that make up Genesis in the Bible.

Read more about the exhibit here.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Stumptown Comics Fest - Keep On Truckin' Apparel

Keep On Truckin' Apparel will be at the Stumptown Comics Fest in Portland, OR, on April 24th and 25th.

About Stumptown:

Stumptown will bring the best creators, artists, writers, and publishers from all over the comics spectrum to the Lloyd Center Doubletree Hotel for a weekend-long celebration of the comic arts. The Fest will close out an entire month of events around the Rose City designed to display the depth and artistry of the comics medium.

Learn more about the Stumptown Comics Fest here.