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Jim Woodring was born in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains in Southern California and enjoyed an exciting childhood full of poetry and paroniria among the snakes, rats and tarantulas of that enchanted realm. He eventually grew into an inquisitive bearlike man who has had three exciting careers; garbage collector, merry-go-round-operator and cartoonist. His work has been collected in several books from Fantagraphics and in various toys, fabrics, prints and urban legends.
"Woodring is a cartoonist of frightening power... His work is of a caliber where it's hard to know what to say about it, so struck dumb are you by the immensity of the rendering and storytelling skill on the page." Jason Michelitch, Comics Alliance
"Jim Woodring is one of the great cartoonists of his generation, and probably one or two generations on each side of his own. He's one of those cartoonists that raises one's estimation of the entire art form for him being [in] it." Tom Spurgeon, The Comics Reporter
"Mr. Woodring's imagery mimics the look of antique wood engravings and animated cartoons of the 1930s while tapping deeply into reservoirs of mythic imagination." The New York TimesRecent Awards:
2003: Artist Trust Gap Award
2006: United States Artist Fellow (with Bill Frisell)
2008: Artist Trust Fellowship
2008: Inkpot Award at Comic-Con International
2010 & 2012: Rasmuson Foundation and Artist Trust one month residency in Homer, Alaska
2010: Stranger Genius Award in Literature: "There are only a small number of medium-changing geniuses in the history of cartooning who have managed to develop a singular visual language, and Jim Woodring is one of them." Paul Constant