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Exclusive Flog interview with Drew Friedman
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Drew Friedman 15 Feb 2008 1:43 PM

Above: Photo of Drew Friedman, in his studio. © 2008 David Burd.

Drew Friedman is, along with Daniel Clowes and Chester Brown, one of the primary reasons I am working in comics today and didn't abandon my juvenile love for the medium long after most boys have discovered girls and sports. So when we decided to start conducting some exclusive author interviews for Flog!, it didn't take me long to decide I really wanted to spotlight Drew, especially as we are on the cusp of releasing his new book, MORE OLD JEWISH COMEDIANS. It's astounding to me that throughout much of the 1990s and earlier part of this decade, there was a new generation of comics fans who weren't so familiar with Drew's work as those of us who came of age in 1980s and early 1990s, as Drew somewhat slipped out of the comics field to focus on other pursuits. But he was a powerful influence on me in my formative years, between his work for Topps, Raw Magazine and National Lampoon. His two early Fantagraphics collections, WARTS AND ALL and ANY SIMILARITIES TO PERSONS LIVING OR DEAD IS PURELY COINCIDENTAL were two of the very earliest Fantagraphics collections I ever purchased, and remain two of my favorites. The latter is where I first discovered his strip "The Andy Griffith Show," which was easily the greatest comic strip I'd ever read at the time. I remember getting an argument with my then-girlfriend over whether the strip was brilliant satire or blatantly racist -- it was no surprise we didn't last. In his excellent introduction to THE FUN NEVER STOPS!, Clowes describes this strip as "more 'real' and truthful than any biographical comic or self-revelatory memoir... the connection I felt is like nothing I have experienced since." I couldn't agree more. Same goes for Clowes' statement that "a Friedman caricature looks more like its subject than any photograph possibly could."

Thankfully, you don't have to take our word for it: the last two years have seen the release of not one, or two, but three new Friedman books, introducing his masterful cartooning and riotous satire to a new generation of comics fans, and thankfully Drew was gracious enough to answer some questions for Flog! readers.

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Chocolate Cheeks for 2/15/08
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under webcomicsSteven Weissman 15 Feb 2008 1:00 PM

Chocolate Cheeks by Steven Weissman

Friday means a new installment of Steven Weissman's "Chocolate Cheeks!" This week's strip emphasizes the importance of grooming... and say, I haven't seen those cyclops twins before! (Remember, you must be registered and logged in to read.)

1,000 newspapers want you to know that Jeff Parker is a dick. Daily.
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Kovey Kornercomic strips 15 Feb 2008 9:55 AM

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We publish some shocking comics but I had no idea that the most offensive strip was nationally syndicated "family fare." People are okay with this being what their kids grow up reading on the comics page, meanwhile they raise hell over a kid reading an issue of Dan Clowes' Eightball. Go figure.

 (*Note: Yes, I know I originally mistyped "Brant Parker" in the headline to this post even though his son, Jeff, took over being the Id's dick cartoonist in 1997. Apologies.)

Kikuo Johnson does Stallings
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under R Kikuo Johnson 15 Feb 2008 8:15 AM

On the Poetry Foundation website, R. Kikuo Johnson (Night Fisher) illustrates A. E. Stallings' poem "Recitative" as a comic strip.    
Theroux reads from Laura Warholic
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Alexander Theroux 15 Feb 2008 8:14 AM

Alexander Theroux reads from his novel for Radio Boston, including a savaging of Boston Red Sox culture. Theroux's prose sounds especially great through his thick Medford accent.
New feature: Dan Clowes's "Modern Cartoonist"
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under metaDaniel Clowes 14 Feb 2008 3:14 PM

Daniel Clowes's "Modern Cartoonist" essay caused quite a stir when it originally appeared as a bound-in booklet accompanying Eightball #18 in 1997; now we have archived it for your reading pleasure here on the Fantagraphics.com website.

Scavenger hunt: last chance!
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under metacontests 14 Feb 2008 1:58 PM
Reminder: tomorrow is the last day for entries in our Scavenger Hunt contest! Everyone who's registered on Fantagraphics.com (sign in/sign up) has a chance to earn a 20%-off coupon good toward any online order by correctly answering ten trivia questions, and one randomly-chosen winner will receive a coupon for a whopping 50% off. All of the answers can be found on the new Fantagraphics.com. We'll contact the winners, and post the questions and answers here on Flog, on Monday.
The Learners
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Chris WareChip KiddCharles Burns 14 Feb 2008 1:51 PM

Congrats to our pal Chip Kidd on the release of his second novel, The Learners. And how many people could get Charles Burns and Chris Ware to work on their cover? 
Woof
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Charles M Schulz 14 Feb 2008 12:39 PM

Did we help Uno the Beagle win the Westminster dog showBook Hound doesn't rule it out

Steven Weissman loves you
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Steven Weissman 14 Feb 2008 11:22 AM

Steven Weissman Valentine

Forget to get your sweetie a Valentine? Head on over to Steven Weissman's blog for a printable card. Problem solved!