Drew Friedman’s comics and illustrations have appeared in many publications over the past 35 years, including in Raw, Weirdo, American Splendor, Heavy Metal, National Lampoon, SPY, MAD, The New Yorker, The New York Observer, etc. His work has been collected in five anthologies, the first, published by Fantagraphics in 1985 and co-written by Josh Alan Friedman. Drew Friedman’s Sideshow Freaks was published by Blast! books in 2011. Steven Heller in the The New York Times wrote of his three volumes of portraiture of Old Jewish Comedians: “A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces. Friedman might very well be the Vermeer of the Borscht Belt”. The Society of Illustrators hosted a two-floor showing of his Old Jewish Comedians original art in 2014. Heroes of the Comics was published by Fantagraphics in 2014 and the sequel More Heroes of the Comics come out in Fall, 2016. His 8-page comic strip “R. Crumb & Me” is included in the new anthology edited by Roz Chast, The Best Comics of 2016. Drew Friedman and his wife Kathy live in rural PA with their sweet, deaf, rescue beagle, Darla.
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