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Any Similarity to Persons Living or Dead is Purely Coincidental

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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 Friedm
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Hardcover, 92 pages
Published April 30th 2012 by Fantagraphics (first published December 1989)
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Still
Feb 12, 2015 Still rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fine Arts Students, Stand-Up Comedians, High School Graduates, B-Movie Junkies
Recommended to Still by: Shemp Howard
This book served as my official introduction to the art of Drew Friedman.


I'd seen much of his earliest work in such magazines as High Times, Heavy Metal, Spy, RAW, and Weirdo but then in 1985 I purchased this priceless collection of Friedman gems.
With my favorite member of the The 3 Stooges (Shemp Howard) as the book's cover-boy it was impossible for me to pass it by.

It was such a thrill in those days to stumble upon an artist/writer who was a fan of the same obscure B and C movie character acto
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D.M.
Sep 23, 2013 D.M. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hearltess or light-hearted pop-culture fanatics
The Friedmans were another act I got into back in my early comics days. It seems like they'd pop up at least once in just about any periodical I was reading in the 1980s-90s. When this (and Warts And All) came out, it was inevitable I'd pick it up.
Looking back now, about 20 years later, it's easy to be a little (or more than a little) offended by the irreverence with which the Friedmans commit their satire. It's hard now to find the loss of Lou Costello's son as in any way a reasonable point to
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Alex Firer
Feb 02, 2015 Alex Firer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Drew Friedman, but I read so little of his early work! This is like a Rosetta Stone into so many of my heroes, from Michael Kupperman borrowing the joy of seeing one note old comedy archetypes spout their stupid lines in a complex world to Bill Griffith lifting the dadaist writing. The raw Jewish gusto worked its way into Dorkin in a way its never been seen before or since! (The gusto of the slightly annoyed Jewish nerd. This has a clear appeal at least to me and I wish more Jews would ow ...more
Mark Feltskog
Feb 10, 2014 Mark Feltskog rated it it was amazing
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Simply hilarious, and one of my favorite comics of all time; the last copy I had was a Penguin trade paperback which fell apart almost immediately after I bought it, so I am glad to see that Fantagraphics has brought it out in a handsome hardcover edition. This is the book that asks that all-important question: "Work for Tor?" Highly recommended.
Stephen
Sep 18, 2012 Stephen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I originally read this 25 years ago and this still holds up! Fantastic speckling art, interesting perspectives of fringe celebrities, it just doesn't get much better than this. And that is the sad part: it never did. This is much, much better than the stuff they do in Mad magazine today, or stuff like Old Jewish Comedians, it just doesn't compare to their biting, silly fun they gave us in the 80s. Sorry, but I calls 'em as I sees 'em.
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Although in recent years Friedman has mostly worked doing caricature illustrations for mainstream publications, he first attracted public attention in the 1980s producing morbid alternative comics stories, sometimes working solo but often with his brother Josh Alan Friedman writing the scripts. These stories portrayed celebrities and character actors of yesteryear in seedy, absurd, tragi-comic sit ...more
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