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Category >> Drew Friedman

Booklist looks back at '07
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Roberta Gregorymary fleenerLinda MedleyJessica AbelDrew FriedmanDebbie DrechslerCarol TylerAline Kominsky-Crumb 21 Mar 2008 10:01 AM

If you're not a bookseller or librarian, skip this post, but the new issue of Booklist is the annual spotlight on graphic fiction, and there's some very useful stuff for those building a core collection of GNs. The issue includes an interview with James Sturm, an "honor roll of female pioneers" in comics, and a look back at a lifetime reading "the Funnies" courtesy columnist Michael Cart. There are a number of top 10 lists, reviews, etc. as well. 

One thing that was particularly gratifying to see was the "Core Collection: Graphic Women" list. Of the 13 books on the list, Fantagraphics published five (including books by Linda Medley, Mary Fleener, Roberta Gregory, Aline Kominsky-Crumb and Carol Tyler). A sixth, La Perdida, was originally published by Fanta in serial form. A seventh, Persepolis, we almost published (long story). An eighth, Summer of Love, was by Debbie Drechsler, whose equally great Daddy's Girl is being republished by Fanta this month. So that was kind of a cool list to see.

Meanwhile, congrats also to Drew Friedman, whose The Fun Never Stops! was named one of the top 10 comics collections/graphic novels of 2007 by Booklist. 

MAD about Drew
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Drew Friedman 21 Mar 2008 9:19 AM

  

The new issue of MAD Magazine includes a giveaway contest for More Old Jewish Comedians, the latest book from MAD regular Drew Friedman. When demographics clash!

John Cafiero on the Friar's Club
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Drew Friedman 20 Mar 2008 1:29 PM
Osaka Popstar frontman John Cafiero was in attendance at the Friar's Club bookwarming for Drew Friedman and More Old Jewish Comedians, and has a MySpace blog post up about it with a slew of photos. 
The Fun Never Stops!: Drew Friedman Show Opens March 27 at Fantagraphics
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Fantagraphics BookstoreeventsDrew Friedman 13 Mar 2008 11:25 AM

"THE FUN NEVER STOPS!" WITH DREW FRIEDMAN AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY IN SEATTLE, OPENING MARCH 27.

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Drew Friedman is among the most notorious illustrators and cartoonists in America. According to Entertainment Weekly, “He holds a marvelously warped lens up to crusty politicians and debauched celebrities. A good-natured misanthrope with an obsessive style and a sardonic tongue, Drew Friedman is one of the country’s sharper political artists.” Friedman will appear in Seattle for the first time at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery for a book signing and exhibition of his original artwork on Thursday, March 27 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM.

“The Fun Never Stops!” exhibition features 17 portraits meticulously rendered in Friedman’s singular style. Included are political figures such as “McCain as Popeye,” “John Kerry’s Inauguration,” and “Really Rich Rudy” as well as pop culture icons like Frank Sinatra, Woody Allen, and Alfred E. Newman. In addition, Fantagraphics Books produced a limited edition silkscreen print featuring George W. Bush as Slim Pickens in the apocalyptic finale to “Dr. Strangelove.” Friedman’s portraits are alternately savage satires or reverential renderings – and frequently both, as in his series of “Old Jewish Comedians,” recently published in two volumes by Fantagraphics Books.

Friedman’s illustrious career has included comics work published in Art Spiegelman’s RAW, R. Crumb’s Weirdo and MAD Magazine, and frequent illustrations in National Lampoon, The New York Times, The New York Observer, among countless other publications. He was the recipient of the 2001 Reuben Award for newspaper illustration. Friedman’s work has been collected by Seattle’s Fantagraphics Books in The Fun Never Stops!: An Anthology of Comic Art 1991 - 2006, Old Jewish Comedians, More Old Jewish Comedians, and Warts and All.

“The Fun Never Stops!” begins with a reception for the artist on Thursday, March 27 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. Admission is free to the public of all ages. The exhibition continues though May 6, 2008. Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street (at the corner of Airport Way S.) in Seattle’s historic Georgetown industrial arts district. Open daily 11:30 until 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone: 206.658.0110.

Listing Information

DREW FRIEDMAN: THE FUN NEVER STOPS!
March 27 – May 6, 2008.
Opening Reception and Book signing
Thursday, March 27, 5:00 – 8:00 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.)
Seattle, WA 206.658.0110

Open Daily 11:30 – 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM




Friars Club / Friedman roundup
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsDrew Friedman 10 Mar 2008 9:02 PM

You may or may not be aware that last week Fantagraphics co-sponsored a "bookwarming" party for Drew Friedman at NYC's exclusive Friars Club, on the occasion of the release of More Old Jewish Comedians from Fanta. I say you might not be because it was a private affair by invitation only, so it wasn't publicized in advance, although you may have seen some of the "postgame" coverage. Despite it being a private affair, by all accounts it was one of the most successful events the Club has ever thrown, with an estimated 400 people cramming into the Milton Berle Room and joining a cavalcade of comedy legends in honoring Drew, including Mickey FreemanFreddie RomanJerry StillerGilbert GottfriedJeffrey RossJoe FranklinLarry Storch and others. 

We should be getting a slew of pics that we'll upload soon into a Flickr set, but in the meantime, don't miss these great write-ups (with photos):

 • The Daily Crosshatch  

• PW's The Beat (the same entry has some nice pics from Friday night's Leah Hayes signing at Rocketship, too)

•  Vanity Fair

• Arflovers' blog 

ABOVE PHOTO: (Left to right) Gilbert Gottfried, Jerry Stiller and Larry Storch, at the Friars Club. Photo by Brian Heater from our pals at The Daily Crosshatch


Greatest comics event ever!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under eventsDrew Friedman 6 Mar 2008 6:33 PM
I wish I had been there. Daily Crosshatch was. So were a lot of other people. We should have some pics soon, but in the meantime, click the above link NOW!

 

Friedman featured
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Drew Friedman 5 Mar 2008 7:02 AM
Publishers Weekly has a nice feature interview up with Drew Friedman, talking to Ian Brill about his new book, More Old Jewish Comedians
Life Imitates Art, Part 2
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Drew Friedman 18 Feb 2008 8:09 AM

Ladies and gents, the great Carl Ballantine, taken yesterday in Los Angeles by Stephen Cox (who also took the awesome Larry Storch pic from the weekend). 

 

Life Imitates Art
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Drew Friedman 16 Feb 2008 5:27 PM

Ladies and gentlemen, the great Larry Storch!

Speaking of Drew Friedman (and More Old Jewish Comedians), check out these three pictures of Drew's ridiculously cool studio, taken recently by (and ©) David Burd:

 

 

Exclusive Flog interview with Drew Friedman
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Drew Friedman 15 Feb 2008 12:43 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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