Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental

Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental


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A reprint of Drew Friedman's first book of comics from the pages of Raw magazine and elsewhere.

Finally back in print, Any Similarity... is a collection of Drew Friedman’s earliest comic strips and illustrations, featuring his most obsessively stippled black-and-white panels and his most hilarious wise-guy takes on the stars and demi-stars and never-quite-stars of that swamp we like to call showbiz.

In these strips, many of them written by his brother Josh Alan Friedman (both are sons of the legendary Bruce Jay Friedman: humor genes will tell!), the artist works out his obsession with such celebrities as Jim Nabors, Frank Sinatra Jr., Joe Franklin, Bob Hope, Andy Griffith... and Ed Wood, Jr. film star Tor Johnson, whom Friedman actually catapulted back into some sort of semi-fame when these strips were first published in the 1980s.

Friedman is the kind of pop-culture aficionado whose Three Stooges worship is focused not on Moe, Larry or Curly but on Shemp (whose unmistakable mug graces the new cover of this edition), and whose teasing adoration can often be mistaken for mockery or contempt. But who but a worshipful fan would lavish quite so many dots on the loving delineation of these greats’ every pimple and wrinkle?

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781606995211
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Publication date: 04/30/2012
Edition description: Two
Pages: 92
Sales rank: 1,189,098
Product dimensions: 9.20(w) x 12.10(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 16 Years

About the Author

Drew Friedman's work has appeared in The New York Times, Mad, New Yorker, Rolling Stone, and many other magazines. He resides in Pennsylvania with his wife and collaborator, Kathy Bidus, and their two beagles.

Writer/guitarist Josh Alan Freidman’s books include Tales of Times Square, Tell the Truth Until They Bleed and Black Cracker; his albums include Famous & Poor, The Worst!, Blacks ’n’ Jews, and Josh Alan Band. He lives in the Republic of Texas.

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I stand in awe of Drew Friedman’s technique and the certain flavor of sad old America he captures.

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