Thursday, April 2, 2015

Marc Maron interviews Drew Friedman (and Mick Jagger)

My interview with Marc Maron for his WTF podcast is up today.

We discuss many fun topics, including Shemp Howard, Marty Allen, Jerry Lewis, and several of the "Heroes of the Comics" from my recent book.

Oh yeah, The lead-in interview is with a British musician
 named "Mick Jagger". Enjoy:

Marc Maron and I pose in front of the garage after our discussion

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Recent illustrations.

From time to time I show some of my recent work on this blog, some pieces that  were assignments, and others, private commissions. Here's some recently completed illustrations. (Click the images to enlarge):
comedian and host of the WTF podcast Marc Maron commissioned this portrait.
 This will be a large poster available on Maron's site.
 I'll be a guest on an upcoming WTF.

Bob Dylan posed as Frank Sinatra, for HEEB, also availible as a
limited edition print (only three left)

and an album cover that could have been. Art direction by Todd Alcott

author Mickey Spillane, who began his career writing for comic books,
created for my
next book More Heroes of the Comics, coming out in late 2016 from
Fantagraphic books.

Screenwriters Scott Alexander & Larry Karaszwski, for the cover of the
Writer's Guild magazine Written By

Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, for the New York Observer
NY Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom for the NY Observer

Comics artist Daniel Clowes, a private commission

the late underground comix artist Rory Hayes, a private commission

the late underground cartoonist Spain Rodriguez, a private commission

musician Eric Clapton who turns 70 on March 30th, this was a private commission.
This will be for sale as a (very) limited edition print:

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Lorne Greene and the Hotel BONANZA

The Hotel Bonanza, A two level, 160-room western-themed hotel and casino in Las Vegas, was constucted and owned by New York attorney Larry Wolf and opened on July 1, 1967. 

In order to capitalize on the then hugely popular primetime TV show Bonanza, the opening night revue was hosted by none other than the show's (Jewish) star Lorne Greene, "An Evening with Lorne Greene", who performed in his full Ponderosa/Ben Cartwright costume in the hotel's "Opera House Showcase of the Stars". Other performers in the revue included Suzi Wallace, "the Lively Five", "the Bonanza Girls", "Watusi Stampede '67", all backed by the Joe Guercio Orchestra. 

Lorne Greene performed his fairly recent hit "Ringo", and other popular songs of the day. His closing number was "What the World Needs Now". The audience loved it. 

In 1970 Larry Wolf went into bankruptcy and the hotel was demolished to make way for the MGM Grand Hotel, which would later burn down.

      Lorne Greene sings "You make me feel so Young":
postcard for the Bonanza hotel featuring the show host Lorne Greene

back of postcard
a postcard of the new Hotel Bonanza in 1967

a 1970 Hotel Bonanza postcard

Lorne Greene with comics Red Buttons and Jimmy Durante in Las Vegas

Opening night jitters with conducter Joe Guercio

the real draw for the hotel, displaying her Bonanzas.

thanks to John Wendler

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Chiller Theatre TV Guide ads

Chiller Theatre was the name of the Saturday night horror film slot in New York shown at various times of the evening on WPIX channel 11 in the 1960's.

Like so many other kids growing up in the New York area, I made sure I was glued to the TV that night. The New York/New Jersey editions of TV Guide regularly ran tiny ads for Saturday evening's Chiller Theatre throughout the sixties featuring bold, simple yet stark artwork and lettering which I looked forward to and loved.

I have no idea who designed these ads at TV Guide but my suspician is they were created by the late writer/editor/designer Bhob Stewart who worked at TV Guide at the time, (and was instrumental in bringing artist Jack Davis on board), and was also an editor at Castle of Frankenstein magazine. Here's a small sampling:

the memorable opening to Chiller Threatre

Thanks to Gary Gerani

Friday, February 27, 2015

Drawing Leonard Nimoy.

The actor Leonard Nimoy, best known for playing Vulcan Mr. Spock has died. Although he wasn't a comedian, he was old (83), and Jewish. And... I drew him several times:

Golden Throats 2/Celebrity Rock Oddites
LtoR: Cassius Clay, Bing Crosby, Sammy Davis, Jr., William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. Nimoy sang "Put a Little Love in your Heart" on this CD,
first issued with a 3-D cover from Rhino records

for EMMY magazine, an article on why science fiction TV shows
rarely win Emmy awards
Leonard Nimoy, shutterbug

drawn for Entertainment weekly when Nimoy became a photographer
technically not Leonard Nimoy, but Barack Obama posed as Mr. Spock,
along with John McCain as Capt. Kirk,  For the New York Observer

Monday, December 22, 2014

Big Eyes cover for Written By Magazine

This is my new illustration for the cover of the Writers Guild magazine Written By, depicting the screenwriters Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, whose new film BIG EYES directed by Tim Burton opens on Christmas day.

I was asked to channel the artist Margaret Keane's "Big Eyes" paintings. The film is a biography of Margaret and her late husband Walter Keane, who falsely took full credit for decades as the creator of the iconic Big Eyes paintings.

the finished art
 my initial pencil sketch

the printed cover, art directed by Ron Tammariello

at the NY preimiere after-party for BIG EYES on 12/15
I had the pleasure of meeting Margaret Keane,
and showed her my illustration of
Scott and Larry. She was delighted with it and told me
I had a future in art.