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A Panel Discussion and Book Signing for THE BOOK OF WEIRDO

June 6, 2019

The Society is pleased to celebrate the release of The Book of Weirdo, a massive retrospective of Robert Crumb’s 1980’s magazine WEIRDO, published by Last Gasp and written by Jon B. Cooke. Please join us for a panel discussion by fellow WEIRDO contributor Drew Friedman and the author, alongside special guests WEIRDO contributors John Holmstrom, Art Spiegelman, Kim Deitch, Glenn Head, Mark Newgarden. A book signing will follow.

The Book of Weirdo is an exhaustive retrospective — called a “great book” by Robert Crumb — on Weirdo magazine, Crumb’s irreverent 1980s humor comics anthology, and the featuring a comprehensive history, interviews with Crumb and the other two Weirdo editors, Peter Bagge, and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, as well as publisher Ron Turner. Also included are over 130 testimonials by Weirdo contributors and sidebars on all sorts of Weirdo-related aspects of that era, as much a history of the alternative comics of that time as it is the tale of a single magazine. Crumb added that The Book of Weirdo was “a monumental statement on American culture and life in that dismal decade of Reagan, AIDS, widespread cocaine abuse, and the rise of the Yuppies, the 1980s.”

The Book of Weirdo, 288 pages, black-&-white, hard cover, published by Last Gasp of San Francisco, $39.95. Cover art by Drew Friedman. Friedman will be available for signings following the panel. 

$15 Non-members | $10 Members | $7 Students/ seniors (Undergrad with valid ID)
The price of admission also gets you a large, signed poster of The Book of WEIRDO cover.

About the Speakers

Jon B. Cooke is the five-time consecutive Eisner Award winner for his former magazine, Comic Book Artist, as well as writer and producer of the full-length feature film documentary Will Eisner: Portrait of a Sequential Artist(2007). Currently editor of Comic Book Creator magazine (published by TwoMorrows), Cooke is author of The Book of Weirdo, published by Last Gasp. He is also co-editor of Kirby100, The Warren Companion, Swampmen: Muck Monsters of the Comics, and the forthcoming 25th anniversary book, The World of TwoMorrows. Plans are underway for a book celebrating the 50th anniversary of Last Gasp coming in 2020. A Rhode Island resident, Cooke toils by day as a graphic designer.and lives in Southern Rhode Island with his wife, Beth, two dogs (Dilly and Roxy), a cat named Noodle, and two of his three sons as they get their acts together.

Award-winning artist Drew Friedman’s comics and illustrations have appeared in RAWWeirdoHeavy MetalNational LampoonSPYMADTime, the New Yorker, the New York Times, the New York Observer and many other publications, as well as on numerous book covers. In his New York Times book review of Old Jewish Comedians, Steven Heller wrote: “A festival of drawing virtuosity and fabulous craggy faces. Drew Friedman might very well be the Vermeer of the Borscht Belt.” The Society of Illustrators hosted a two-floor main gallery showing of all of Friedman’s Old Jewish Comedians drawings in 2014.  Filmmaker Kevin Dougherty is preparing a documentary, “Vermeer of the Borscht Belt” covering Friedman’s career. 

Friedman’s upcoming book is titled “All The Presidents” and will be released by Fantagraphics in the fall. A major exhibition of Friedman’s illustrations depicting all the presidents will be held at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Art & Museum at Ohio State University in fall 2019.

Drew Friedman and his wife Kathy Bidus live in rural PA with their rescue beagle Gunther.


June 6, 2019
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