This week's comic shop shipment is slated to include the following new titles. Read on to see what comics-blog commentators and web-savvy comic shops are saying about them (more to be added as they appear), check out our previews at the links, and contact your local shop to confirm availability.
104-page black & white 7.25" x 9.75" hardcover • $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-661-4
"a simultaneous prequel *and* sequel to Jim Woodring's excellent Congress of the Animals from 2011, a book which seemed to shatter the cyclical exploits of the artist's "Frank" universe so as to provide an ending of sorts, though surely you want to know more about that nice friend Frank shacked himself up with for the denouement" –Joe McCulloch, The Comics Journal
100-page black & white 7.5" x 9.25" softcover • $14.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-679-9
"In the 30 years they've been writing and drawing Love and Rockets, Los Bros Hernandez have created wonderfully complex story lines and characters... This web of superior magical-realistic storytelling involves readers in the perplexed yearnings of a huge cast of unforgettable characters unaware of their own capacity for general self-delusion and occasional self-discovery." –Publishers Weekly
"There are acclaimed filmmakers and novelists who can't do what Jaime Hernandez does - or Gilbert, for that matter. When the two of them are at their most inspired, as they are here, they make almost every other comics creator today look like a fumbling hack. [Grade] A" –The A.V. Club
216-page color 7.5" x 10.25" hardcover • $28.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-697-3
"One of comics revered masters gets a fresh new reprinting worthy of his work and accessible to kids.... This volume finds [Barks] at a creative peak, combining the bold adventuring of Tintin with the wisely cynical view of human weakness of John Stanley.... Despite the dark undertones, the comic expressions and dialogue is still laugh-out-loud funny. A wonderful project that should put Barks's name in front of new generations of admirers." - Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
136-page black & white/color 8.5" x 11" softcover • $19.99 ISBN: 978-1-60699-684-3
"The Complete Crumb series is especially useful in reminding us that Crumb has continued to evolve through the sixties. His more recent work is quieter and more literary... The most recent installment, collecting material originally published in Weirdo magazine, contains some of Crumb's best work." The National Post
There is only one answer to that question, and you'll find them both in this volume!
You can read Fran before you read Congress of the Animals, and it will blend gracefully into it and explain a lot of what you have previously read; or you can read Fran after you read Congress of the Animals as a continuation of that story, after which you may wish to read Congress of the Animals again. Of course you can read Fran without reading Congress of the Animals at all. But read Fran you must, because between these pages is a situation that every human heart must contemplate to be fully prepared for any contingency.
So do yourself a favor and take the plunge. You can't stay cooped up on the outside of the book forever!
Join us this Saturday, October 12 at Fantagraphics Bookstore for a big Jim Woodring event. The launch party for Jim's stunning new graphic novel Fran features an exhibition of oversized drawings done with his giant quill pen. The 7-foot instrument will also be on display. Musical entertainment will be provided by K recording artist Stephen Steinbrink.
Visitors to this event will be among the first in the country to get copies of Fran, the anxiously anticipated follow-up to Jim’s visionary wordless tales Weathercraft and Congress of the Animals. The reception takes place Saturday from 6:00 to 9:00 PM and coincides with the festive Georgetown Art Attack, featuring compelling visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood.
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 26 when Fantagraphics Bookstore hosts a tasting party for Woodring’s new batch of Oddland beer from Georgetown-based Elysian Brewing. Odd attire encouraged.
Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s colorful Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.
Fantagraphics and comiXology bring you the the next volume in the Frank series by Jim Woodring, Congress of the Animals! A chain of events propels Frank out of the Unifactor and into a world where he is on his own at last; and like so many who leave home, Frank finds himself contending with realities of which he had no previous inkling. In Congress of the Animals we are treated to the pitiful spectacle of Frank losing his house, taking a factory job, falling in with bad company, fleeing the results of sabotage, escaping the Unifactor in an amusement park ride…and so much more.
This winding 101-page tale can be yours for $15.99 to read digitally, anytime, anywhere --- that's right, even in the Unifactor --- thanks to comiXology.
Note: Seattle people, Woodring is a-signing this Saturday at the Fantagraphics Bookstore and Gallery. Read this before coming to grab a copy of his latest book, Fran!
September 27, 2013 – Seattle, WA . Join visionary artist and cartoonist Jim Woodring at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on October 12 for an exhibition and book signing commemorating publication of his latest graphic novel Fran. The event features works created with his giant quill pen and musical entertainment by Stephen Steinbrink.
Seattle-based iconoclast Jim Woodring has enchanted readers for years with the improbable adventures of Frank and a supernatural cast of supporting characters. Metaphysical romance enters the picture in Fran, when the title character seduces Frank. Woodring describes this latest wordless volume as both a sequel and prequel to his sensational graphic novels Weathercraft and Congress of the Animals – completing a surrealistic circle. The idiosyncratic artist will display imaginative artworks created with his giant quill pen, as well as the 7 foot-long-pen itself.
The opening reception on Saturday, October 12 from 6:00 to 9:00 PM includes musical entertainment by K recording artist Stephen Steinbrink. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack featuring visual and performing art presentations throughout the historic business district.
On Saturday, October 26 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM, Fantagraphics Bookstore and Elysian Brewing host a preview of the latest Woodring-inspired Oddland beer series. Woodring will demonstrate his prowess with his giant pen while costumed revelers sample his latest concoction.
Listing Information: Jim Woodring: FRAN
Opening reception and book signing Saturday, October 12, 6:00 to 9:00 PM Musical entertainment by Stephen Steinbrink
Written, drawn, printed, collated, folded, and stapled the DIY way: self-published and self-distributed mini comics are the labor of an underground comics industry, a subculture that thrives and depends on the selling and trading of these handcrafted booklets. In this community, there are no barriers to entry, no profiteering, and no cookie-cutter normalcy; the only limits are what the hand can draw. For more than 40 years, these tiny tomes have been fueling the alternative comics scene, and Treasury of Mini Comics is a gigantic compendium of the world’s smallest comics from some of today’s biggest names. Experience a celebration of folded-paper creations from cartoonists such as Jim Woodring, John Porcellino, Leela Corman, David Lasky, Marc Bell, Roberta Gregory, Dylan Williams, Kelly Froh, and many more!
“Over the last few decades, Jim Woodring has been drawing a series of wordless, blissfully cruel slapstick fables, set in a world of grotesque entities and psychedelic minarets: half unshakable nightmare, half Chuck Jones cartoon filtered through the Bhagavad Gita.” – Douglas Wolk, The New York Times Book Review
“When most people try to employ dream logic in their work they fail miserably but Jim Woodring is great at it. The closest thing to a peer he might have is David Lynch but even that’s a stretch. Jim Woodring is the only Jim Woodring and no one has done what he does except for him.” – Nicholas Gazin, Vice
For the past 20 years or so, Jim Woodring’s beloved trilobular chuckbuster Frank has enjoyed one mindbending catastrophe after another in the treacherous embrace of The Unifactor, the land into which he was born and from which escape seemed neither desirable nor likely. And then, abruptly, in 2011’s acclaimed Congress of the Animals (the second Woodring orginal graphic novel, following Weathercraft) Frank did leave the Unifactor for uncharted lands beyond — where, after a string of trials, he acquired a soulmate named Fran.
This development raised far more questions than it answered. Would Frank become placid and domesticated? Would he be jilted? Would he turn out to be a dreadful cad? Would he become a downtrodden and exhausted paterfamilias staring vacantly into the dimming fire of life as obnoxious grandchildren pulled his peglike ears and stole his porridge?
The answers to these fruitless speculations and many more are delivered in a devastatingly unpredictable fashion in Fran, which is in effect part two of Congress of the Animals. Fans of Frank, connoisseurs of bizarre romance, and spelunkers in the radiant depths of graphic metaphysical psychodrama will want to add this singular cartoon adventure story to their lifetime reading list.