Saturday, March 25, 2017

The 2017 MoCCA Fest featuring "Heroes of the Comics"

I'll be among the "Guests of Honor" at The MoCCA Arts Festival which will be held on Sat, April 1st and Sun, April second at the beautiful new Metropolitan West, 639 W. 46th St:

The MoCCA gallery will be featuring 80 of my original framed illustrations from my two books, "Heroes of the Comics" and "More Heroes of the Comics":

I''l also have three signings scheduled at the Fantagraphics booth where I'll be inscribing my two Heroes of the Comics books as well as my earlier books. My schedule for signings is: Saturday at 11AM and 3PM, and Sunday at 12 PM. Please stop by.

As part of the MoCCA programing, I'll also be taking part in a panel on Saturday at 12:30 PM at the Helvetica Room at Ink48 Hotel, 353 11th Ave at 48th St, minutes from the festival, discussing my two books of Heroes of the Comics. The panel will be moderated by Columbia's chief graphic novels librarian Karen Green who wrote the foreword to "More Heroes of the Comics, Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth, and MAD legend Al Jaffee who penned the foreword to "Heroes of the Comics". Prepare your Stupid questions for Al!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Steve Bannon, "Creature of the Right"

My new drawing of Steve Bannon titled "Creature of the Right".
This will be included in my upcoming book
"Drew Friedman's Chosen People"

this is the sketch. I decided that the smoldering toxic fumes should obsure the White
House, but I left the White House fence

Friday, February 3, 2017

Drew Friedman's Chosen People

This is the cover to my next book due out this coming fall from Fantagraphics Books, a collection of my more recent portraits and drawings of musicians, artists, writers, comedians, politicians, my neighbors, deli owners, etc, and featuring the great Muddy Waters front and center. The cover, designed by Jesse Marinoff Reyes, is the preliminary version:

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Look, up in Seattle... it's... Gary Groth!

"My only interest in Superman, marginal at that, stems from his continuing presence as a symbol of banality and infantilism in the history of the American comic book"

--Gary Groth

This is my new portrait of Fantagraphics publisher Gary Groth (ironically) posed as Superman, created for Fantagraphics 40th anniversary book We Told You So: Comics as art:

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Drew Friedman "Vermeer of the Borscht Belt"

A film documentary, VERMEER OF THE BORSCHT BELT is being planned about  me and my work. It'll include interviews as I discuss my adventures and mis-adventures as a cartoonist/illustrator, as well as interviews with many fellow cartoonists and friends, including comedians, writers, broadcasters and some human beings I've drawn over the years. A Kickstarter campaign has launched on it's behalf. The filmmaker, Kevin Dougherty, a recent guest on Gilbert Gottfried's Amazing Colossal Podcast, is an extremly talented music video filmmaker, animator,  and pop culture expert. He's also a long time admirer of my work and has been planning this film for several years.

Kevin and I first met 20 years ago when he hired me to create the art for a CD-ROM (remember those?) he was packaging for Simon & Schuster. We're remained friends ever since. Please help him out with his project by making a donation, small or large, and in exchange, DVD's, limited edition signed movie posters, signed prints and executive producer credits are being offered.


boingboing on the projected documentary:

Drew Friedman is one of the best illustrators alive today. His work has appeared on the cover of MADSpy, and The New Yorker and his recent books about comic book heroes and Old Jewish Comedians will go down in history as masterpieces.
I'm glad someone is making a documentary about Drew, called "Vermeer of the Borscht Belt." Kevin Dougherty is asking for $50k on Kickstarter.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Drew Friedman at Meltdown Comics Friday, 11/18

On Friday, 11/18, Drew Friedman will be in conversation with pop culture journalist 
Ben Schwartz at Meltdown Comics, 7522 W. Sunset Blvd, on Friday, Nov 18th at 7 PM, 
as they discuss and present images from Friedman's latest book "More Heroes of the Comics" (Fantagraphics). A book signing will follow.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Orrin C. Evans from "More Heroes of the Comics"

My new book More Heroes of the Comics, includes the first African American publisher of comic books, Orrin C. Evans. Evans published just one issue of All-Negro Comics in 1947.
Orrin C. Evans

Orrin Cromwell Evans was born in Steelton, Pennsylvania. Evans’s mother, Maude, was the first African American to graduate from Williamsport Teacher’s College.
Evans dropped out of school at seventeen, and worked for Sportsman’s Magazine and the black-owned Philadelphia Tribune. In the early ’30s, he landed a job as a general assignment reporter, for the 100-percent-white-staffed Philadelphia Record. Evans was not always readily accepted as a journalist. Meeting with re- porters after his son was kidnapped in 1932, Charles Lindbergh refused to start the press conference until Evans was removed from the room. Evans’ wartime exposé of racial segregation in the Armed Forces resulted in death threats.
After the war, the owners of the Record responded to a prolonged labor action by shutting the paper down for good. 

In 1947, Orrin C. Evans would become the first African American publisher of comic books, joining forces with his former editor, Harry T. Saylor, to launch All-Negro Comics. The first issue featured art by Evans’s brother, George J. Evans Jr. and black artists from Philadelphia and Baltimore. The book’s content was a grab-bag of detective, humor, and adventure stories, fea- turing characters like Lion Man, Li’l Eggie, and Ace Harlem. Time magazine said All-Negro Comics was “the first to be drawn by negro artists and peopled entirely by negro characters.” Although a second issue was prepared, it never saw print. Newsprint vendors refused to sell to Evans, and the series was abandoned. Soon after, mainstream publishers began publishing comic books (like Fawcett’s Negro Romance), targeted at a black readership.
Evans returned to newspapers, working at the Chester Times and the Philadelphia Bulletin. 

research by Kevin Dougherty

my original pencil sketch of Evans

the finished art

the cover of the first and only issue

The entire issue can be viewed here:

inside front cover of the issue.

More Heroes of the Comics can be ordered here:

thanks to John Wendler and Kevin Dougherty