Tuesday, March 25, 2008


I made my regular pilgrimage to Georgetown to pick up a keg from the Georgetown Brewery and visit the Fantagraphics store. While there, I chatted with curator Larry Reid, who was in the process of hanging the new show by comics artist Drew Friedman. Friedman is an obsessive illustrator who used to be known for his gorgeous photo-realistic drawings of old Jewish comedians, and is now known for his equally stunning gauche paintings of popstars and politicians. The portraits I saw ranged from a grotesquely sneering John McCain to the creepy and impotent Woody Allen, all rendered in Friedman's unique and meticulous style. The show runs from Thursday March 27 through May 6, and the artist will be on hand on opening night from 5:00 until 8:00.

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