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Drew Friedman Show Opens March 27 at Fantagraphics Print
Thursday, 13 March 2008



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. A selection of images in a variety of formats is available for publication. For additional information, contact Eric Reynolds.

Listing Information

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

Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 March 2008 )
Drew Friedman at Skylight Books 3/29 with Special Guests Print
Friday, 07 March 2008



WHO: Drew Friedman
WHAT: Discussion, Q&A and book signing
WHERE: Skylight Books
1818 N. Vermont Ave. • Los Angeles, CA 90027 • 323.660.1175 tel.
WHEN: Saturday, March 29, 5PM

“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

Join cartoonist DREW FRIEDMAN along with BEN SCHWARTZ and other special guests (TBA) for a special discussion and booksigning to promote the release of More Old Jewish Comedians.

This all-new sequel to 2006's wildly popular Old Jewish Comedians, which earned raves from Jerry Lewis, Howard Stern, The Believer, Entertainment Weekly and many others, includes the famous (Woody Allen, Joan Rivers, Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Soupy Sales, etc.), the less-famous (Jerry Stiller, Zeppo & Gummo Marx, Larry Storch, Zero Mostel, etc.) and the largely unknown (Molly Picon, Herbie Faye, Jan Milton, etc.). The Reuben Award-winning Friedman presents a thorough visual history of the 20th Century's greatest Borscht-Belt comedians in 28 full-page, liver-spotted portraits.

By Drew Friedman; Introduction by Larry Gelbart
$16.99 Hardcover
36 pp., black-and-white, 10” x 10”
ISBN 978-1-56097-914-2

A selection of images in a variety of formats (and ratings) is available for publication. For additional media information contact Eric Reynolds.

Last Updated ( Monday, 10 March 2008 )
Fantagraphics Publication Dates for April-May 2008 Print
Monday, 25 February 2008

These are release dates to the bookstore market. Release dates in the direct-sales (comic book store) market may occur a couple of weeks earlier. Dates are not final and subject to change; please direct press inquiries to Eric Reynolds.




  • Hank Ketcham's Complete Dennis the Menace Vol. 1 softcover edition
  • Rebel Visions softcover edition by Patrick Rosenkranz
  • The Bottomless Bellybutton by Dash Shaw
  • Comic Arf ed. by Craig Yoe
  • Explainers by Jules Feiffer


  • Our Gang Vol. 3 by Walt Kelly
  • Town of Mirrors by Robert Pollard
  • Mome Vol. 11 ed. by Gary Groth & Eric Reynolds
  • Amor Y Cohetes by Los Bros. Hernandez

More information on upcoming Fantagraphics Books releases can be found on our Retail Solicitations page for May 2008.

Last Updated ( Monday, 25 February 2008 )
Leah Hayes Hits New York & Austin with New Book & CD Print
Wednesday, 20 February 2008

Presenting FUNERAL OF THE HEART, the new graphic novel by LEAH HAYES and Scary Mansion’s debut CD, EVERY JOKE IS HALF THE TRUTH.

WHO: Leah Hayes
WHAT: Art Exhibition and Book Signing
WHERE: Rocketship
WHERE: 208 Smith St.
WHERE: Brooklyn, NY 11201
WHERE: 718.797.1348 tel.
WHEN: Friday, March 7, 8PM

WHO: Leah Hayes & Scary Mansion
WHAT: South By Southwest Music Festival Showcase
WHERE: The Hideout
WHERE: 617 Congress Ave.
WHERE: Austin, TX 78701
WHERE: 512.443.3688 tel.
WHEN: Wed., March 12, 10PM

WHO: Leah Hayes & Scary Mansion
WHAT: In-Store Music Performance and Book Signing
WHERE: Austin Books
WHERE: 5002 N. Lamar Blvd.
WHERE: Austin, TX 78751
WHERE: 512.454.4197 tel.
WHEN: Saturday, March 15, 7PM

To say that Leah Hayes is poised for greatness would be underselling how much she’s already accomplished in her 26 years. Massachusetts-bred Hayes attended art school in New York before moving to France where she played in a band called Satan’s Fingers, collaborating with David Ivar from underground pop legends Herman Dune. Growing up playing piano and guitar, Hayes also took up the Thunderstick, an Appalachian instrument similar in tone to the banjo. Her collection of ballpoint pen notebook illustrations Holy Moly was published by Fantagraphics in 2004 and her first graphic novel, Funeral of the Heart, will be published in April, 2008.

Funeral of the Heart is Leah Hayes’ stylistic tour-de-force and graphic novel debut, featuring a series of short stories by Hayes and illustrated entirely using the otherworldly medium of scratchboard. Hayes creates a world of unease and ambiguity populated by obsessive characters, forlorn animals, and mysterious, inanimate objects; odd occurrences, unnerving deaths and unconventional but genuine love bind these characters and their stories together. In “The Bathroom,” a middle-aged couple discover a mysterious tunnel in their pool house after a neighbor’s child accidentally drowns in their pool — leading to an immaculate bathroom and another drowning. In “The Needle,” two sisters suffer the death of their grandmother as well as her possible resurrection at the hands of the woman with the needle.

The stories are hand lettered and juxtaposed against stark, highly stylized, graphically powerful, black and white images. Stories with titles like “The Bathroom,” “The Needle,” and “The Hair” may sound innocuous, but they aren’t fables that should be read to one’s children — unless your children enjoy being made uneasy by beautiful things.

Hayes’ artwork has appeared in the New York Times, Punk Planet, and most recently on the cover of McSweeney’s #24. Based in Williamsburg, Hayes has toured as a solo act alongside Kyp Malone and sings on the TV On the Radio’s “Snakes and Martyrs” from the band’s Return to Cookie Mountain album.

Hayes currently performs with her group, Scary Mansion, featuring Ben Shapiro (The Fugue) on drums and Bradley Banks (with whom Hayes plays in Francophile band La Laque) on bass. Their debut CD, Every Joke Is Half the Truth, is out now from Zum Records. Working with producer Kyle Fischer (Rainer Maria) over an extended six-month period and opening up the sound of the Thunderstick, the resulting tracks alternate between sparse intimate tones and near claustrophobic layers of feedback, all with an attention to the needs of the songs. Hayes’ lyrical approach mines themes of alienation and romantic snafus, embodied in characters litigious, predatory, and straw-filled.

By Leah Hayes
$14.95 Paperback Original
120 pages, black-and-white, 8” x 10”
ISBN: 978-1-56097-888-6
PUB DATE: APRIL 30, 2008

By Scary Mansion
Format: CD
Catalog: ZUM023
Zum Records

Download the press release (PDF format)

Announcing Love and Rockets Vol. III Print
Thursday, 15 November 2007


Seattle, WA — After 25 years of being published in a traditional saddle-stitched magazine format released three or more times a year — first in the magazine-sized VOLUME I (50 issues, 1982-1996) and then in the comic book sized VOLUME II (20 issues, 2000-2007) — the award-winning LOVE AND ROCKETS comic book series will go on hiatus effective immediately and return next summer in its third incarnation, as a series of all-original, graphic novel-length releases.

Each annual volume will comprise at least 100 pages of all-new comics, split evenly between its creators, Gilbert, Jaime (and sometimes Mario) Hernandez. (The 21st issue of Volume 2, announced in #20, will now become part of Vol. III #1.)

"This new format will allow the Bros. to present longer stories without having to chop them down into bite-size pieces," said Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth. "In today's graphic novel-oriented world, readers (and cartoonists) are increasingly impatient with this sort of serialization, especially in the case of L&R where, because of the split nature of the book, each artist has only 15 pages."

"This is a pretty exciting prospect, creative-wise," Gilbert Hernandez agrees. "I've enjoyed working in the New Tales of Palomar format [Gilbert's three-issue solo series published under the Ignatz imprint from Fantagraphics], where I don't have to worry about editing 24 page stories to 14 or 12 pages any more. I've got 50 pages to go wild with in Vol. III, #1. Later I might do a whole 50 page story in one issue, and return some of the Palomar characters in long single pieces. I planned to stop with the Palomar characters, but only because of the serializing problem; now it's a different game. I am very, very inspired here!"

In-progress Love and Rockets Vol. III pages by Gilbert:

Aside from the creative advantages of the new format, 2007's highly successful repackaging of Love and Rockets Volume I into seven smaller, thicker books (the seventh, Amor Y Cohetes, will be released in June 2008) revealed a large untapped audience for Love and Rockets that was not being reached with the comic books, which were exclusively available in the direct sales market. "We wanted to be able to reach those readers who aren't near a comics shop with, specifically, the new LR material," says Fantagraphics sales director Greg Zura — "and we wanted it to be available through and similar on-line book-selling services. Moving to a 'spine' format gives us this option."

"We discovered with The ACME Novelty Library that opening up the periodical to the book trade doesn't inhibit sales in the direct market," said Fantagraphics Director of Publicity Eric Reynolds. "If anything, it breaks the audience wide open."

This does not mean that each volume is entirely self-contained; for instance, Jaime's first big story will actually be a two-parter extending across the first two issues of L&R Volume III. "I'm really excited about this format," says Jaime Hernandez. "It works perfectly with the current story I'm working on. I was afraid the story's length would turn some readers off running for six chapters in the old format."

In-progress pages from Jaime's "The Search for Penny Century":

Fantagraphics confirmed that the stories published in Volume III will eventually be collected into logical graphic novels/collections, most likely in the same format as the "smaller, thicker" series of collections that debuted earlier this year.

The first volume of LOVE & ROCKETS Vol. III will premiere in San Diego in July 2008, with the general release scheduled for August. Cover price: $14.99.

SEE ALSO: How to Read Love and Rockets

Love and Rockets Collections:

Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 1): Heartbreak Soup [New Printing]
Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 1): Heartbreak Soup [New Printing]
Price: $18.99
Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 1): Maggie the Mechanic [New Printing]
Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 1): Maggie the Mechanic [New Printing]
Price: $18.99
Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 2): Human Diastrophism
Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 2): Human Diastrophism
Price: $14.95
Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 2): The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. [New Printing]
Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 2): The Girl from H.O.P.P.E.R.S. [New Printing]
Price: $19.99
Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 3): Beyond Palomar
Love and Rockets Library (Palomar & Luba Book 3): Beyond Palomar
Price: $16.95
Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 3): Perla La Loca [New Printing]
Love and Rockets Library (Locas Book 3): Perla La Loca [New Printing]
Price: $18.99
Last Updated ( Friday, 30 November 2007 )
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