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Friday, March 21st, 2014

The cartoonist in his natural habitat.


Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Here’s another thing I done did. It’s the cover art for an anthology of comics published by Birdcage Bottom Books! It should be out in time for SPX, whenever that is! Soon, I’ll bet!


Last Weeks in Next Week in NYC!

Friday, February 28th, 2014

Here is the last handful NWinNYC! comics. I’ll be putting the strip on hiatus for a while to focus on bigger problems. I mean projects, of course, but more on that later. I enjoyed doing these strips for The NY Observer and hope to do some more in the future. But these are the last of them for now so read ‘em slow. And if you find yourself jonesing for some Big Apple humor, you can always score a copy of If New York City Was The World. It’s a collection of strips about the city that never sweeps, and a sort of precursor to NWinNYC! that ran in a Manhattan neighborhood paper back way back when those kinda things still existed. But the humor contained with in is as fresh as a NYC breeze. It’s way out of print but you can actually get a signed copy from me through Amazon. In the meantime, enjoy!
















Next Week in NYC! Comic Strip Catch-Up!

Monday, May 6th, 2013

I missed re-posting a whole slew of past week Next Week in NYC! strips from The Observer lately. What? You hadn’t noticed? Well no worries! Here’s a batch from April for you, still as fresh today as the day they were first slapped onto bristol. New strips appear each week in the paper and at The Observer online every Tuesday or Wednesday or so.

April 2/Week #007

April 9/Week #008

April 17/Week #009

April 25/Week #010

I’ve Gone MAD!

Monday, April 29th, 2013

I’m pleased to officially join the ranks of the Usual Gang of Idiots, I guess, if one appearance is all it takes and I’m pretending it does. (All the work I’d previous done was for MAD was, in fact, for MAD KIDS magazine, which is not apparently the same thing.) Anyway, I drew some pictures for the front end of this sucker. They are funny pictures. Please check it out!

Next Week in NYC! #06

Monday, April 15th, 2013

Here is the strip from the April, 1 2013-ish issue of The Observer. New strips magically appear there every Wednesday!


Sunday, February 24th, 2013

The New York Observer / Feb. 25, 2013 / Cover illo by The Great Drew Friedman

Wow! Suddenly, I’m front page news! Not really, but that is my name right up there next to Sam Henderson’s Hysterical Hipster Hulk. That’s because starting this past week I have an all-new, weekly comic strip featured in The New York Observer. It’s called, NEXT WEEK in NYC! Any fans of my old NYC comic strip collection, If New York City Was The World will certainly want to check it out. Last week’s NEXT WEEK in NYC! strip can be seen here. New strips appear every wednesday in both the print and online versions of The Observer.  It’s a work in progress and I’m still ironing out all the details but it’s a real treat to be contributing a weekly feature to The Observer and I’m looking forward to trying and make New Yorkers both laugh and scratch their head in wonder for as many weeks to come as possible. It’s a dream job but it’s tough crowd, so wish me luck. Details to come…


Speak, John! Speak!

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Well, OK, then, I will! In fact, I will be part of a teen education program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Sunday, January 27 from 1-3pm where I’ll be speaking about my experiences as a freelance illustrator, in particular, the work I did creating the poster/puzzle featured in the museum’s Family Map. (Other tricks I know, – which I may or may not perform at the event – include sitting, rolling over and playing dead.) Regardless, it will all be accompanied by an array of, if I may say, quite fetching images. I believe a visit to some of the museum’s galleries and some sort of on-hands drawing workshop are also involved. It’s free and open to teens 11-18. Find out more and sign up here. And there’s a Facebook page for you to like, too. C’mon! I won’t (totally) bite.

Je Ne Sais Quoi!

Monday, November 5th, 2012

You read that right. Petey and Pussy are loose in France courtesy of éditions Cambourakis publisher of many distinguished comics. And it’s already receiving critical acclaim or at least I’m pretending that it is because I can not read the french reviews. Here is a sampling from the interior of the book with all the new, funny-looking words added, followed by a couple of links to some of the “Nice” words being said about the book:

I like how “OOW!” and “OWW!” become “WOO!” and “WWO!” It’s like French is so backward-y sometimes!

And this lovely page finally reveals the french translation for “twatwurst!” C’est ci bon-er!

And as promised, here are a couple of links containing more foreign language. It’s all tres bien though! And look! It already has a five-star rating on Babelio! (Which is french for Goodreads, I’m certain of that.)

Some High Praise for the Met’s Family Map

Monday, November 5th, 2012

I am pleased and proud to say that the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Family Map was included as one of the ten best maps of the year by the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science Exhibit. The exhibit is a 10-year effort wherein each year, 10 new maps are added to the collection resulting in a total of 100 maps in 2014. This year’s iteration, the eighth, focused on science maps for kids aged 5-14. There are some really great maps in the exhibit. I’m flattered to have my work cited among them and appreciate the opportunity the exhibit offers to expand the poster’s audience outside the museum itself as well as draw attention to its online version.