Jim Woodring was born in Los Angeles in 1952. He taught himself to draw in order to express his view of the world. He wrote and drew the first Frank story in 1992. He has also created a body of autobiographical material (collected in the book Jim) and allegorical puzzle-pictures (Seeing Things). He lives on Vashon Island in Washington State with his family and on jimwoodring.com.
Jim's work has has garnered him numerous awards, including a United States Artist Fellowship (with Bill Frisell) in 2006; an Inkpot Award at the 2008 San Diego Comic Con; and most recently, The Stranger named Jim their 2010 Literature Genius.
“Woodring is one of the most important cartoonists of his generation.” — NPR
“I promise to spare you all my worst visions.” — Jim Woodring