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If the Raindrops United: Drawings and Cartoons
     

If the Raindrops United: Drawings and Cartoons

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by Judah Friedlander
 

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A book of hilarious and ingenious comic drawings from the popular 30 Rock star and "World Champion" comedian Judah Friedlander, hailed by Tina Fey as "one of the all-time great weirdos."

Most Americans know Judah Friedlander from his role as Frank Rossitano on 30 Rock and from appearances in films

Overview

A book of hilarious and ingenious comic drawings from the popular 30 Rock star and "World Champion" comedian Judah Friedlander, hailed by Tina Fey as "one of the all-time great weirdos."

Most Americans know Judah Friedlander from his role as Frank Rossitano on 30 Rock and from appearances in films like American Splendor and The Wrestler. But long before he became a film and TV star and stand-up comic Friedlander drew stuff.
Now, in this quirky, hilarious, and surprisingly profound collection of drawings, Friedlander shows a new side to his "terrifically entertaining" (New York Times) comedy. Whether imagining George Washington in Las Vegas, plastic surgery for imperfect triangles, and the Keystone Pipeline as a sex act, Friedlander's "Joodles" push boundaries as they explore the absurdities of American life, sex, and even history and human rights. If the Raindrops United is a milestone in the career of one of America's most inventive comedians.

Praise for If the Raindrops United:
"Judah has drawn a weird and funny book in the grand '70s tradition of B. Kliban! I think this book will probably fix the world."
Tina Fey"

Some people meditate. Some people masturbate. But if you don't have the time or patience for either of those, I recommend reading If the Raindrops United to calm down, have a little laugh, or a big think."
Susan Sarandon"

I've known Judah for many years and I still don't understand how his mind works, but it sure works. Seriously strange. Seriously funny. A National Treasure. Sadly, I need to get a restraining order against him."
Paul Giamatti"

Judah thank you for writing a funny twisted book. It is such an easy read. Even dum dums like me can enjoy it!!! Buy this book."
Dave Attell"

Judah's drawings are deceptively simple, yet they become more compelling with every page. His talent as an actor/writer/comedian is further conveyed in ANOTHER medium. He's a Quadruple Threat. He wears many hats. Literally."
Janeane Garofalo"

Reading Judah Friedlander's new book is a lot like hanging out with Judah himself: occasionally baffling, frequently thought-provoking, but, most of all, consistently hilarious!"
Mick Foley"

To compare Judah Friedlander to a great cartoonist like Jim Davis would be a compliment to Jim Davis."
Wyatt Cenac"

Another hit from The World Champ tackling the signs and symbols you frequently question while dropping hot lava in your American Standard VorMax."
Eddie Huang

Editorial Reviews

The New York Times Book Review - Jason Zinoman
No one has replaced the brilliance of The Far Side, the one-image strip that delivered reliably inspired one-liners along with clever absurdist images…but Friedlander's skewed jokes evoke that landmark comic's better than any strip does today…this new work [is] whimsical, sly and modest. In rough illustrations that appear to have been dashed off on a bar napkin, he creates little cracked worlds with a simple image and a few words. These are silly jokes with a hint of the macabre…
From the Publisher
"Judah has drawn a weird and funny book in the grand '70s tradition of B. Kliban! I think this book will probably fix the world."—Tina Fey

"Some people meditate. Some people masturbate. But if you don't have the time or patience for either of those, I recommend reading If the Raindrops United to calm down, have a little laugh, or a big think."—Susan Sarandon, Actor

"I've known Judah for many years and I still don't understand how his mind works, but it sure works. Seriously strange. Seriously funny. A National Treasure. Sadly, I need to get a restraining order against him."—Paul Giamatti, Actor

"Another hit from The World Champ tackling the signs and symbols you frequently question while dropping hot lava in your American Standard VorMax."—Eddie Huang, Restauranteur, Chef, Food Personality and Writer

"Judah thank you for writing a funny twisted book. It is such an easy read. Even dum dums like me can enjoy it!!! Buy this book."—Dave Attell, Comedian

"Judah's drawings are deceptively simple, yet they become more compelling with every page. His talent as an actor/writer/comedian is further conveyed in ANOTHER medium. He's a Quadruple Threat. He wears many hats. Literally."—Janeane Garofalo, Actor and Comedian

"Reading Judah Friedlander's new book is a lot like hanging out with Judah himself: occasionally baffling, frequently thought-provoking, but, most of all, consistently hilarious!"—Mick Foley, Semi-Retired Wrestler, Author, Comedian and Actor

"To compare Judah Friedlander to a great cartoonist like Jim Davis would be a compliment to Jim Davis."—Wyatt Cenac, Comedian, Actor, and Writer

An exercise in brilliant efficiency. One of the funniest and most insightful books ever drawn. --J.J. Abrams

Kirkus Reviews
2015-08-16
A comedian presents a series of drawings and cartoons, most of which "are comedy. But some are serious. Or just weird." Friedlander has been performing stand-up comedy since he was 19, but he is best known for his roles in American Splendor and on 30 Rock, in which he delivered a hilarious performance as oddball TV writer Frank Rossitano. The eccentricity and offbeat humor of that role are amply reflected in this short book, which features crudely drawn cartoons on a variety of subjects (jokes about genitalia and scenes from New York City both feature prominently). Most of the pieces are a single page, though some provide a brief story—e.g., the adventures of "Gentrification Man," a "superhero for the rich and overprivileged who "stand[s] up for the rights of corporations." The style and tone of these cartoons contain echoes of the Far Side, the drawings of Demetri Martin (particularly his 2011 book, This Is a Book), and some of the rougher pieces at The Oatmeal, but most of Friedlander's cartoons are not as darkly clever as the Far Side or as laugh-out-loud funny as Martin's. There are a few highlights, however: a panel showing two buildings, one labeled "Yoga" and the other "50 Dollar Cupcakes," with the caption "Where to Meet Women in Manhattan"; "Novice Shopping Cart Thief," with a picture of a man walking down the sidewalk carrying a shopping cart above his head; and "Goth Crayon Box," a drawing of a large box of crayons with just one black crayon in it. Unfortunately, these are few and far between in a book that seems like a partial draft or a home sketchbook that will eventually become part of a more substantial work. A more-misses-than-hits collection that will likely find a home in bathroom-reading bins.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316306959
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Publication date:
10/20/2015
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
570,742
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.10(h) x 0.80(d)

What People are Saying About This

Tina Fey
Judah has drawn a weird and funny book in the grand '70s tradition of B. Kliban! I think this book will probably fix the world. --Tina Fey

Meet the Author

Judah Friedlander won international acclaim for his portrayal of Toby Radloff in the award-winning movie American Splendor. He was a series regular on the Emmy Award-winning 30 Rock for seven seasons (SAG Award for Best Ensemble). He can be seen in a cameo in Sharknado 2. He is the author of the bestselling instructional karate book How To Beat Up Anybody, featuring his photography and art work. In 2015, he will release a stand-up comedy album and a stand-up comedy documentary concert film. He lives in New York City.

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If the Raindrops United: Drawings and Cartoons 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wat about water clan or rainclan
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dew~ <p> &nbsp Dew sighed as she tread wearily across the forest floor. Autumn leaves swished as they fell, and soon the ground became coated in a layer of orange leaves. They reminded her of when she and her brother played as kits in an early autumn morning. But now they were lost from eachother, because of those hateful tree-cutting twolegs. <p> &nbsp Suddenly, the smell of cats wafted through the air and to her nose. She lifted her head, feeling the breeze and which cats there were. *Clan cats?* she thought in wonder, remembering the tales she'd heard when she was a kit about those ferocious cats. They had leaders. <p> &nbsp Two shapes darted out from under the bushes. They both had mice and squirrels hanging helplessly kimp in their teeth, which they dropped as thy glared at her. One of them was a sleek, brown tom with a torn ear, whilst the other was about her age. Their fur bristled on their spine. Both were toms. She realized this, and crouched down, ears flattening. <br> "Which clan are you from?" The bigger tom asked. <br> "I don't live in a clan." She replied. <br> "So you're a loner." <br> "I suppose so." <br> The other cats let their fur fall back. <br> "Then we are safe. Leave and not return." The same tom instructed, his mew slightly hinting a growl. She nodded, and dashed away. <br> <br> <br> Lightningpaw~ <p> &nbsp They had been out for training, Lightningpaw and Thunderstrike. He ha just gotten a mouse, when they smelled another cat. That other cat didn't seem to bother him, but what confused him was how his mentor chased her off. <br> "Can't we keep her for our clan?" He asked. <br> "No." His mentor mewed. <br> "Why?" <br> "Our clan would mistake us for traitors if we brought in a traitor." <br> "How can you--" Lightningpaw didn't get to finish his sentence as Thunderstrike flicked his tail sharply in his direction and began to lead back to camp. <p> &nbsp Soon, they got back in camp. Thunderstrike had made him promise not to tell any cat of that adventure. He had. <p> &nbsp "Lightningpaw!! Over here!!" It was Cherrypaw. He bounded over to her, his eyes betraying the fact that he was thinking hard. Flamepaw was there aswell. <br> "What's wrong?" Cherrypaw mewed anxiously. <br> "Nothing." He mewed quickly. <br> "Then why are you acting strange?" <br> "Come on tell us!!" Flamepaw chimed in. <br> "I promised to StarClan that I won't tell..." <br> "Please?" <br> "Fine!!!" <p> &nbsp After telling them the whole story in a quiet whispering mew, Cherrypaw suggested they go search for the she-cat. The other two apprentices agreed, and so they slipped out of camp once the others had gone to sleep. Suddenly, it started to rain. But the apprentices continued, unaware of bright yellow eyes peering at them, unaware of a black cat following their trail. <br> <br> <br> ~{There's chapter one!! Please comment!! Thanks for reading that. Hope you liked. Can somebody suggest a good clan name? A good name of a clan? Thanks.}~ <p> ~Haunted &#8251 Spirit <mynookisbaditwontpost>
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It really showed an awareness of the human condition and had a political sensibility not offen found in abstract works. That's all complete nonsense from my English Minor. This book made me laugh and think. Loved it. Thank you for publishing it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont have this on my nook but it is a great book so funny so histarical you just cant put it down FIVE FIFTY FIVE HUNDEREND STARS FOREVER