The Fun Never Stops!: An Anthology of Comic Art 1991-2006

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A comprehensive collection of Friedman's best comic strips and illustrations, mostly from the 1990s. Showbiz has-beens, ugly old white men, nefarious politicians, debauched celebrities, the ubiquitous Lord of Eltingville, etc.The Fun Never Stops is a comprehensive collection of premier caricaturist Drew Friedman's best comic strips, illustrations, and mug shots dealing with all the familiar Friedman themes the world has come to love: showbiz has-beens, ugly old white men, nefarious politicians, debauched ...
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Overview

A comprehensive collection of Friedman's best comic strips and illustrations, mostly from the 1990s. Showbiz has-beens, ugly old white men, nefarious politicians, debauched celebrities, the ubiquitous Lord of Eltingville, etc.The Fun Never Stops is a comprehensive collection of premier caricaturist Drew Friedman's best comic strips, illustrations, and mug shots dealing with all the familiar Friedman themes the world has come to love: showbiz has-beens, ugly old white men, nefarious politicians, debauched celebrities, the ubiquitous Lord of Eltingville, etc. Most of the work is from the 1990s, and show Friedman's gradual phasing out of his famous (and amazing) black-and-white stipple look to his current (and equally amazing) lush watercolor style. In addition to the works written by Friedman, Fun includes many collaborations with his longtime partner K. Bidus, as well as Harvey Pekar (American Splendor), Mark Newgarden (We All Die Alone), and Bruce Handy, among others. Also included is artwork from the notorious Topps Bubble Gum Card series Toxic High, as well as art from the card sets Beauties and Cuties and Ed Wood Players. Comic strip highlights include "Everybody's Buddy" (RAW), which examines the legendarily combustible temper of drummer Buddy Rich; "Where's Johnny?" (Entertainment Weekly), a journey into what would have become of Johnny Carson's career had he never hosted the "Tonight Show"; "Hey, Academy!" (NY Observer), a demand from Friedman that Jerry Lewis be awarded a lifetime achievement award by the Motion Picture Academy; "The 10 Least Powerful People in Hollywood" (Details); "Howard Stern & Al Sharpton run for political office in NY" (The New Yorker); and "Kasablanca" (Esquire), which imagines Casablanca as directed by Oliver Stone. The book is topped off with a detailed, career-spanning biographical introduction by Ben Schwartz and a foreword by Daniel Clowes.
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Editorial Reviews

Danny Graydon - The First Post
“With a distinctive and painstaking style… and a great eye for the ugliness beneath the sheen of celebrity glamour Drew Friedman is a caricaturist to savor.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560978404
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publication date: 6/15/2007
  • Pages: 136
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Drew Friedman's work has appeared in Raw, Weirdo, SPY, The New York Times, MAD, The New Yorker, BLAB!, The New York Observer, Rolling Stone, Field & Stream, appears regularly in Entertainment Weekly and many other magazines. His collection of portraits Drew Friedman’s Sideshow Freaks was published by Blast books in 2011. He resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and collaborator, Kathy Bidus and their two beagles.

Daniel Clowes, a multi-Harvey, Eisner and Ignatz Award-winner, is a Chicago native living in Oakland, CA, with his wife Erika. His many books include David Boring, Ghost World, Wilson, Ice Haven, Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron, Caricature, and 2011's Mister Wonderful.

Ben Schwartz is an essayist and screenwriter who has written for The New York Times, Bookforum, LA Weekly, and TV shows too embarrassing to mention. He is working on The Lost Laugh, a history of American humor set between the world wars, for 2011 from Fantagraphics Books.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Daniel Clowes     7
Introduction   Ben Schwartz     9
The Delight Never Stops!
"The Rise and Fall of Motion Pictures"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     30
Harold Lloyd     31
Lou Costello     32
Orson Welles     33
Ed Wood, Jr.     34
"Ed Wood Players"     35
John Waters     37
"America's Love Affair With Ethnics Hollering One Word Over and Over"   Joanne Gruber     38
Mel Brooks     40
"He Said/She Said Comics Presents the Woody Allen Story"     42
"He Said/She Said Comics Presents the Mia Farrow Story"     43
Quentin Tarantino     44
"Slacker Buddies Hall of Fame"     45
"Future Howard Stern Movies"     46
"The 10 Least Powerful People in L.A."   Mark Horowitz     48
"Hey Oscar!"     50
"A Very Jerry Year"     51
Movie Stars With Money     52
The Revelry Never Stops!
"Nat Hiken, Where Are You?"     54
"Fred & Ricky Join NAMBLA"   Howard Stern   Fred Norris     55
"Where's Johnny?"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     56
Buddy Young & Joe Franklin     57
Roseanne     58
Jay Leno     59
Cast of Seinfeld     60
"Shows You Won't Be Seeing This Fall"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     61
Talk Show Hosts     62
"Farewell, Joe Franklin"     64
The Joy Never Stops!
"Ring A Ding Ding!"     66
"Sinatra Duets"     67
"Everybody's Buddy"     68
Michael Moriarty     70
"CSN Makeovers"     71
"Deadheads Speak"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     72
"'Next on "Great Performances'" / "Happy Thanksgiving"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     74
"A Song Worthy of Universal Acclaim" / "A Recording Session With Nat and Natalie"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     75
"Michael Bolton's Dressing Room"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     76
"I Am Your God"     78
"Hoy! Hoy!"     79
"Oliver Stone's Kasablanca"   Jamie Malanowski     80
"The Ballad of Jack Abramoff"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     81
"I Love to Draw..."     82
"Nightmare Roommates"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     83
"Future Political Memoirs"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     84
"A Star Is Born 2001"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     85
"Beauties and Cuties"     86
"The Hottest Day on Earth"   Michael Rubiner     88
The Levity Never Stops!
"Retired N.Y.C. Elevator Men Theorize on the Assassination of President John F. Kennedy"     90
NY Times Nixon Obituary     91
Howard Stern & Al Sharpton Kissing Baby   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     92
"He Said/She Said Comics Presents the Bill Clinton Story"     93
"Ford"   Bruce Handy     94
"The Voices of America"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     95
"The Leadership Secrets of Ross Perot"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     96
"Order in the Court!"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     97
"President George H. W. Bush Prepares To Leave the White House"     98
The Mirth Never Stops!
"Guilty Pleasures of Literary Greats"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     100
The Menendez Bros.     101
Magic Johnson     102
Stan Lee      103
"Stranger Than Fact"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     104
Harvey Pekar     105
"Give 'Em the Boot"   Ed Leibowitz     106
"Cooking With Genius"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     108
The Frolic Never Stops!
"His Story"     110
"The Duke of Eltingville Presents 'The Doctor: A Tribute'"     112
"Dr. Harry's Fond Remembrances: 'To All the Girls I've Loved Before' (And All Their Underwears I Wore)"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     113
"Dr. Harry Explains How He Got To Schtup Helen Hayes, First Lady of the American Theater"     114
"The Duke of Eltingville: A Tribute"     115
"The Man From Eltingville"     116
"The Duke of Eltingville Show"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     117
"That Guy!"     119
"The Many Moods of the Duke of Eltingville"     120
The Festivity Never Stops!
"Red's"   Mark Newgarden     122
"He Had A Funny Face"     124
"What A Sweet Young Man You Are!"     125
Joe     126
Don     127
Iz     128
Gus     129
Ernest Brookings     130
"News of the Weird"      131
"Dan Loves Mashed Potatoes"     132
"The Idea Is, When It's Too Hot, Get the Hell Out of the Sun"     133
"White Neighbors"   Drew Friedman   K. Bidus     134
"Toxic High Senior Class"   Mark Newgarden     136
"Long Live Rock & Roll"     140
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