Last February I wrote a post on Marvin Friedman. Five months later I was rewarded with a very entertaining email message under the subject line "News and Views from New Jersey Jews". It was from Marvin Friedman.
"Dear Leif Peng," it began, "someone pointed out your blog about me and I was astonished and thrilled to find out that I was still alive. What a nice thing to find."
"I'm sort of wondering with your cartoon assignments and all this work you put into this illustrator's research, when you pee and eat lunch. (not at the same time)"
"So many of my friends are gone. Al Parker, Noel Sickles, and Austin Briggs, that it was lovely seeing their blogs and dreaming of those golden days again. I haven't been able to work for 4 years because I got zonked with Parkinsons and I figured everybody forgot me by now, so that's why your effort on my behalf is appreciated. I'll send you some stuff, if you want."
And of course I replied that yes indeed, I very much did want Marvin to send me some stuff. Not long after, a package containing a great assortment of slides and a book written and illustrated by Marvin arrived in the mail.
Since then, Marvin and I enjoyed a long, rambling and very entertaining conversation on the phone.
This week, I'll share the details of our discussion, along with some wonderful examples of the artist's work - starting with these delightful pieces from the 1976 book, "Chewing Gum", written by Norma E. Lee and illustrated by Marvin Friedman.
* My Marvin Friedman Flickr set.