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Happy Birthday, Joe Shuster
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Drew Friedmanart 10 Jul 2014 9:35 AM

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In honor of Joe Shuster's 100th birthday, which would have been today, Drew Friedman created this portrait of Siegel and Shuster working on their creation: Superman. Writer Jerry Siegel would have also been 100 this year in October!

For more amazing portraits of comic book and newspaper strip greats, check out Friedman's new book Heroes of the Comics, available for pre-order AND debuting at San Diego Comic-Con (details of Drew's signing schedule at our booth #1718 soon!).

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Friedman, Baseball, Fantagraphics and You
Written by Anna Pederson | Filed under Willard MullinWilfred SantiagoPeanutsDrew FriedmanCharles M SchulzartAl Jaffee21 10 Jun 2014 1:47 PM

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Casey Stengel had a blunderously beautiful career in baseball. From inconsequential outfielder in the '20s, to worst won-lost record as a mangaer of the Dodgers, to winning five consecutive world championships as Yankees manager.

Drew Friedman, hailed as the most prolific portraitist, captured the 1966 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee in his Bronx Bomber blues, and is selling high quality prints in a limited set. The signed and numbered beauties are available from Friedman's fine are website for only $150. A necessitiy for history and baseball buffs.  

As a lover of sports and art, you know that we at Fantagraphics love baseball. The summer nights, picnic pastimes, and hometown pride. Because of our big baseball crush, we have a lot of hardball hardcovers to share our love with readers.

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21: The Story of Roberto Clementeby Wilfred Santiago, chronicles the heroic life of Clemente on and off the field as he faught for human rights up until his untimely death.

Batter Up Charlie Brown collects the best of the blockheads baseball blunders and triumphs, and is the perfect gift for fans young and old.

Willard Mullin's Golden Age of Baseball: Drawings 1934-1972 brings into focus the heartfelt and humorous cartoons of Willard Mullins, who captured decades of players and events with prowess and deft that highlighted a generation of baseball.

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If you're looking to expand your super universe of historical cartoons, the new Friedman portrait collection of those who were involved in pioneering and shaping the comic book industry, with forward by Al Jaffee, captures the inspirational worlds of these sequential warriors. Heroes and Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comics is currently in pre-order, and waiting for you to add it to your collection.  

 

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - First Look
Written by Sonia Lei | Filed under previewsDrew FriedmanComing Attractions 4 Jun 2014 5:27 PM

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Cover

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Plate 29

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Plate 52

High quality paper stock, full-page color plates, legendary comic creators — that's right, Drew Friedman's finely curated portraits of the comic book pioneers of our time, Heroes of the Comics, is hot off the printers! We are thrilled to give you this sneak peek before its August debut.

Inside, you'll find over 80 lovingly rendered portraits alongside a short essay that summarizes each person's life, work, and contribution to the world of comics. This homage to comic book history is not to be missed — pre-order yours today!

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Excerpt
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsDrew FriedmanComing Attractions 22 May 2014 10:56 AM

You love comics, we love comics, and Drew Friedman has taken his love for the medium and given it tangible form in 83 beautiful, evocative, full-color portraits (plus some spot illustrations) of the pioneers of the art and business of comics, with some words about each, collected in an oversized coffee-table art book titled Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books, coming this August.

Our downloadable excerpt includes the Table of Contents, 2 pages from Friedman's Introduction, and 8 portraits (from funnybook progenitor and EC founder Max Gaines through Superman creators Siegel & Shuster) with their accompanying essays.

This book debuts at Comic-Con in San Diego; if you can't make it, you can still get one of the first copies by pre-ordering now!

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman

From the Borscht Belt to Seinfeld to Drew Friedman!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDrew Friedmanart shows 22 Apr 2014 10:13 AM

Drew Friedman: Old Jewish Comedians at the Society of Illustrators NYC

This Thursday, April 24th, the Society of Illustrators will host an evening so fun you're sure to plotz!

Get off your tuches and catch the panel discussion From the Borscht Belt to Seinfeld: The Evolution of Jewish American Comedy, and learn more about how Jewish humor grew out of Yiddish culture, defined New York City's character in the early 20th century, and filtered into our American culture, literature, art, film and television from the 1950's to the present.

The event runs from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Panelists include our own Drew Friedman, who will be joined by Edward Portnoy, Ph.D, Yiddish language, literature and theater expert who will serve as moderator; Larry Storch, renowned vaudeville, film and TV comedian; Bill Persky, legendary TV sitcom writer; and Tom Leopold, contemporary sketch comedy writer.
 
A question-and-answer session will follow the panelists' presentations. Shmooze with Drew and Larry afterwards as they sign copies of the Old Jewish Comedians trilogy and limited edition exhibit poster!

Tickets are on sale now for the mishegas! The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street. If you can't make it Thursday night, you still have time to catch the exhibition, Drew Friedman's Old Jewish Comedians, through May 3, 2014.

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman - Cover Uncovered
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jack KirbyDrew FriedmanComing Attractions 30 Jan 2014 1:42 PM

Heroes of the Comics by Drew Friedman

In Drew's own words:

"This is the cover to my upcoming book HEROES of THE COMICS, designed by the great Jesse Marinoff Reyes. The book comes out in early July and officially debuts at the San Diego Comic Con."

We got a great response to the preliminary cover we showed with Drew's portrait of Siegel & Shuster, but we went with the King, and for good reason, as you can see. Don't worry, Jerry & Joe are still inside the book, along with dozens and dozens more of the titans and pioneers of American comics, all gorgeously and expressively rendered, and accompanied by loving and informative essays by Drew. No comics lover's coffee table will be complete without this beautiful, oversized hardcover.

Be among the first to get a copy by pre-ordering today!

Drew Friedman: Old Jewish Comedians at the Society of Illustrators NYC!
Written by janice headley | Filed under eventsDrew FriedmanBlabart shows 23 Jan 2014 10:13 AM

Drew Friedman: Old Jewish Comedians at the Society of Illustrators NYC

"Drew Friedman isn't just a brilliant artist. He takes you to a place. He takes you back in time. He makes you smell the stale cigarettes and cold brisket and you say, thank you for the pleasure." -- Sarah Silverman

Young and old -- you don't wanna miss this exhibit of original work from Drew Friedman! Starting Wednesday, March 5th, The Society of Illustrators is proud to present a two-floor gallery show of Old Jewish Comedians, showcasing Friedman's original artwork from all three books, as well as early rough sketches and additional Jewish comedian-related art created by Friedman for book, print and DVD covers.

Old Jewish Comedians

Short biographies of each comedian will accompany each portrait. This will represent the most comprehensive display of original Drew Friedman artwork to date, containing over 110 illustrations. Also on display will be rare Jewish comedian ephemera from Friedman's personal collection, including books, records, sheet music, advertisements, brochures, toys, games, buttons, cigar boxes, shoe laces, playing cards, magazines and comic books, some featuring art by the most popular illustrators of their day.

The Old Jewish Comedians books came about when Monte Beauchamp -- editor and designer of the comics & illustration anthology BLAB! -- asked Friedman to create a book for his line of BLAB! storybooks. When Friedman was asked what he'd most like to draw, he thought: "What do I enjoy drawing the most… old people, Jews and comedians. Bingo!... Old Jewish Comedians!" Beauchamp, who curated the recent wildly successful Robert Crumb and Harvey Kurtzman shows for the Society of Illustrators, will be curating the Old Jewish Comedian show.

All three Old Jewish Comedians volumes will be on sale at the Society of illustrators in a new bound volume created exclusively for the show. Expect to see several of the legendary Jewish comedians at the opening celebration!

The Society of Illustrators is located at 128 East 63rd Street. This glorious celebration of comedians will be on exhibit through May 3, 2014.

Spring-Summer 2014, part 11: Myths & Legends, Pirates & Heroes
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under S Clay WilsonPatrick RosenkranzKickstarterDrew FriedmanComing Attractions 20 Nov 2013 6:15 PM

Our campaign to support our Spring-Summer 2014 season on Kickstarter is ongoing, and we're continuing to spotlight the books in question, a couple at a time. We've also put our season catalog online for you to browse. (Please note that all artwork, contents, prices, specs, and release dates are preliminary and subject to change.)

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Pirates in the Heartland: The Mythology of S. Clay Wilson Vol. 1
by S. Clay Wilson; edited by Patrick Rosenkranz

224-page color/black & white 7.5" x 11" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-747-5 

This is the definitive account of the boldest and most audacious of the legendary underground cartoonists: the taboo busting, eyeball blistering S. Clay Wilson. This first volume contains all of his underground comic stories from ZAP Comix, Snatch, Gothic Blimp Works, Bogeyman, Felch, Insect Fear, Pork, Tales of Sex and Death, and Arcade magazine as well as the many adventures of the Checkered Demon, Star-Eyed Stella, and Captain Pissgums, and even his earliest collaborations with William Burroughs. Also: selections from his teenaged and college years, both in comics and painting form. First person accounts from his peers, as well as Wilson’s own words, offer a revealing portrait of the artist who hid his shyness behind brash behavior and bluster. This first of a three-volume biography and retrospective gets to the heart and soul of an artist who lived his dreams and his nightmares.

For a Kickstarter pledge of $50 or more, pre-order this book signed by S. Clay Wilson and Patrick Rosenkranz while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $200 or more, get an exclusive print signed by Wilson! (Or increase your pledge for one or the other to $250 and get both!)

Heroes of the Comic Books prelim cover

Heroes of the Comic Books: 75 Portraits of the Pioneering Legends of American Comic Books
by Drew Friedman

160-page full-color 9" x 12" hardcover • $34.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-731-4

Featuring approximately 75 full-color portraits of the pioneering legends of American comic books, including publishers, editors, and artists from the industry's birth in the '30s, through the brilliant artists and writers behind EC Comics in the ’50s. All lovingly rendered and chosen by Drew Friedman, a cartooning legend in his own right. Featuring subjects popular and obscure, men and women, as well as several pioneering African-American artists. Each subject features a short essay by Friedman, who grew up knowing many of the subjects included (as the son of writer Bruce Jay Friedman), including Stan Lee, Harvey Kurtzman, Will Eisner, Mort Drucker, Al Jaffee, Jack Davis, Will Elder, and Bill Gaines. More names you might recognize: Barks, Crumb, Wood, Wolverton, Frazetta, Siegel & Shuster, Kirby, Cole, Ditko, Wertham... it’s a Hall of Fame of comic book history from the man Boing Boing calls "America’s greatest living portrait artist!"

(Note that the final cover art will feature Drew's portrait of Jack Kirby, rather than Siegel & Shuster as shown here.)

For a Kickstarter pledge of $50 or more, pre-order this book signed by Drew Friedman while supplies last! Or, for a pledge of $200 or more, get an exclusive print of Friedman's portrait of Steve Ditko, signed by Friedman! Or, for a pledge of $40 or more, get an exclusive t-shirt with art by Drew! (Or increase your pledge to the appropriate sum for multiple rewards!) 



Kickstarter print-a-rama
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneSteve DitkoLove and RocketsKickstarterJaime HernandezGilbert HernandezDrew Friedman 8 Nov 2013 6:34 PM

These beautiful prints by Tim LaneJaime HernandezGilbert Hernandez, and Drew Friedman just a few of the rewards in our Kickstarter campaign for our Spring-Summer 2014 season. Get ‘em before they’re gone!

New Comics Day 9.17.13
Written by Jen Vaughn | Filed under Peter BaggeNew Comics DayDrew Friedman 17 Sep 2013 6:35 PM

This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.  
Everybody is Stupid Except for Me  
 
"Collecting 10 years' worth of cartoons originally done for Reason magazine, as well as a few odds and sods, [Everybody Is Stupid Except for Me] finds Bagge as sharp and irate as ever, and his art has improved while still being recognizably his own. Bagge is also, thankfully, still possessed of a great sense of humor, especially about himself-even the title reveals an element of self-mockery among all the self-righteousness." - The A.V. Club  
 
"While his focus may have changed, his work remains as delightful as it did in the alt-comix heyday. Stupid just confirms what many of us already knew: he's still one of the funniest cartoonists in America today." - Chris Mautner, Robot 6 
 
Barracuda in the Attic 
by Kipp Friedman, cover illustration by Drew Friedman
 
208-page black & white 6" x 8.5" hardcover • $26.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-650-8
 
"A detail-rich account of an unfathomably awesome childhood in the epicenter of 1960s - 1970s New York culture, and further evidence of the magnificence of the Friedman genes." - Daniel Clowes

"I always wanted to know what it would be like to grow up with a famous dad. It sounds as awesome as i feared. I really enjoyed reading Kipp Friedman's stories and hating him for having dinner at Groucho Marx's house." - Joel Stein, Time magazine columnist