After months of arm-twisting, cattle-prodding, and procrastination, I am joining the rest of the uncivilized 21st century in the electronic ether world known as the blogosphere. It has not been easy. For the last thirty-odd years, I have been a print guy, living off injections of ink and smoking pulp. My archive of ink-splattered dead trees is taller than I am. I’m a dinosaur; a creature from a prehistoric age trapped in a world I never made. This is made painfully clear every time a five year old shows me how to work this desktop contraption.

But why now? Well, I’m not getting any younger. I’d like to put a few things on the record and sometimes I can’t fit it all into a cartoon. There are stories about growing up here in Nevada County, politics, both local and national, and like I said before, stacks of cartoons on virtually every subject. I started my cartooning career when Jerry Brown was Governor, and now we have both gone full circle.

The blogosphere has a vast audience, but only a brave few who are willing to sign their name to an opinion. Like Spider Man, most people have cultivated an alter ego with the prerequisite secret identity. Some believe this gives them the super powers of reason and wit. If only that were so. I have no desire to banter with someone who calls him or herself Dogsnot the Avenger. Let’s keep it as real as possible. You are welcome to make snarky comments, but if it becomes boring, repetitious or slanderous I’ll consign you to the phantom zone.

I’m going to try to post as often as possible, but it may take a while for me to get up to speed. I will be posting cartoons that appear in The Union, but not on the same day. If you can’t wait, go to theunion.com and click on cartoons under the opinion section. (I’m not behind the pay wall as of this writing.)

So there it is. I look forward to hearing from you. Don’t be shy.

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12 Responses to RLCRABB Website

  1. Michael Anderson says:

    Looks pretty darn good, RL.

    In the spirit of Lick…

  2. Welcome to the big sandbox in the sky Bob. We look forward to those thousands of words which cannot be captured in a picture, and to your own special blend of lexicography and graphics.

  3. Don Baumgart says:

    Most good cartoonists I’ve known – Gilbert Shelton comes to mind – are good writers. Glad to see you proving me right. Duck!

  4. Patti Foster says:

    Talk about a dinosaur – I have never responded to a BLOG in my life. I’m from the old,old school. The best thing in our kitchen – other than the wine opener – is the land line phone. I don’t have an IPod, APod, Android, Druid or whatever the current name is for the newest high tech device. I see I’m going to have to change and step into the modern world now that my favorite caroonist, whose wit is nothing short of genius, has a BLOG. Nevada City News will now be worth reading if it comes from you. The truth with a twist.

  5. Cathy Chmel says:

    Finally, a breath of fresh (and witty) air to the blogosphere! And I love your cartoons in color! This is a good thing.

  6. Terri Bianco says:

    Yay! I can finally get “Crabbed” down here in the flats. Nice job. How do I sign on? No dogsnot, I promise.

  7. marge kaiser says:

    I’m thrilled to be able to read your comments. I don’t often get to the city council meetings and other meetings of note. Then I see your great cartoons on the subject and I know what was going on. The verbal elaboration is truly genious and should get you in as much trouble as the next guy. I look forward to reading more. Congratulations!

  8. rl Crabb says:

    Thanks everybody! I don’t get out to all the happenings as much as I’d like to, but I still try to keep my inky fingers on the pulse of the community. Or just babble like a drunken teenager. You’ll have to decide which is which.

  9. Patrick says:

    Hi Bob! I’ll be reading your blog

  10. Russ Steele says:

    Sorry I missed the Grand Opening

  11. Tom Odachi says:

    Hello R.L,
    Like others here who welcome your entry into the local blogosphere, I just wanted to say that yours seems to be one that deals with many local issues without partisan spin. I appreciate that. While I try to distance myself from politics, I do enjoy reading your cartoons and comments, which seem to more closely reflect my own views on the various subjects you choose to present.
    I realize this is dated, but — Good luck! I look forward to seeing more!

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