The Ultimate Droodles Compendium
The Absurdly Complete Collection of All the Classic Zany Creations of Roger Price
by Roger Price (Author), Fritz Holznagel (Editor), Leonard Maltin (Foreword)
Pub Date 06 Mar 2019
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Before the inspired nonsense of Monty Python, David Letterman and The Far Side, there were Droodles. With a few squiggles in a simple square, these clever drawings created absurd scenes like Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch (used by Frank Zappa as an album cover), Octopus Signaling for a Left Turn and Clam with Buck Teeth. And they were all the creation of one brilliant and unpredictable man: Roger Price.
At the height of their popularity in the mid-1950s, fans enjoyed the Droodles TV show, a Droodles daily newspaper column, Droodles magazine features, Droodles cocktail napkins, even Droodles in ads for Lucky Strike cigarettes. Like hula hoops, drive-in movies and UFOs, Droodles were one of the greatest fads of the 1950s.
Now Droodles make their triumphant return to delight a new generation that can use some laughs. The Ultimate Droodles Compendium includes over 350 of Roger Price's most beloved Droodles in delightful new full-quality reproductions, with Price's inspired text and quirky footnotes. There's more: a Roger Price reminiscence by beloved media critic Leonard Maltin, a full history of Roger Price and Droodles by Emmy-winning writer Fritz Holznagel, and comments from comedy legend Carl Reiner, Mark Frauenfelder and Carla Sinclair of Boing Boing, Moon Zappa (daughter of Frank Zappa) and others.
Droodles are back in this handsome, hilarious, ultimate collection from Tallfellow Press. Droodles now. Droodles forever!
A Note From the Publisher
"I'm so pleased that Roger Price is being rediscovered by new generations who haven't seen his work before. It's brilliant!" -- Carl Reiner, nine-time Emmy winner and creator of The Dick Van Dyke Show
"Finally, a book that honors the great Droodler, Roger Price! One can never get enough Droodles, and this book proves my point." -- Carla Sinclair, co-founder of Boing Boing
"The amazing phenomenon known as Droodles has made a major impact on art, journalism and publishing. The Droodles prime-tie game show… helped pave the way for many other comedic audience participation programs that have endured for decades." -- Bob Boden, TV executive and game show historian
"My father had a soft spot for witches and Halloween… so the Droodle he chose for the album cover was a natch match." -- Moon Zappa, on the Droodle Ship Arriving Too Late to Save a Drowning Witch
"Buy this book now! It's later than you think!" -- Roger Price
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