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Preview video/slideshow: The Portable Frank
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJim Woodring 21 Aug 2008 6:28 PM

We've got a new way to bring you previews and teasers: Flickr just launched this embeddable combination video/photo slideshow thingy. It's pretty sweet, especially when you make it full-screen by clicking the icon at bottom right. Here's The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring; click here if the slideshow won't display above, or just to see a larger version.

The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring - front cover

Now in stock: The Portable Frank
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJim Woodring 20 Aug 2008 5:10 PM

The Portable Frank by Jim Woodring

The Portable Frank
By Jim Woodring

A Visionary work of comic art for all-ages! Readers who haven’t discovered Jim Woodring’s Frank stories have a colossal treat waiting for them in this all-ages gem collecting the character’s greatest adventures.

Frank is a unique, visionary comic, exquisitely drawn and so fully realized that adults and children alike find themselves drawn deeply into Woodring’s hallucinatory mindscape. The stories, almost entirely wordless, are told with brilliant, candy colors that people of all ages find alluring. The stories themselves unravel like a good puzzle, rewarding re-reading, providing an experience as immersive as that first love affair, that first samadhi, or that first breath. Simply put, the world of Frank must be experienced to be understood.

Frank is an 11-year-old generic anthropomorph who lives in a force-laden landscape called the Unifactor. He is curious but not smart, naïve but not noble, and his most outstanding character trait is his ineducability. Along with Pupshaw, Frank’s semi-subservient housedog-like godling, the two traipse across their surreal landscape, occasionally encountering Manhog, the bloated bladder of sin with a heart of radiance who exists to thwart their prosperity. And then there’s the platonic Jerry Chickens, and the lachrymose Lucky, as well as Frank’s Real Pa and Faux Pa, each a part of one of the great cartoon achievements of the 20th century.

For all its mystery, the world of Frank is a simple, delightful, mesmerizing example of world-building at its most fanciful, surely to delight parents and children alike.

200-page black & white 6.25" x 8.75" softcover • $16.99
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Woodring for sale
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Original ArtJim Woodringart 11 Aug 2008 7:50 PM

Study for The Artist's Eye by Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring originals now for sale at Comic Art Collective. Surely not to last long.

Woodring-Wide Web
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Woodring 7 Aug 2008 10:26 PM

I stumbled across both these links today, and was going to include them in tomorrow's "Blogosphere roundup," but decided they deserve their own post: Woodring Simulacra is a blog compiling images of real-world "things that look like Jim Woodring made them up," and Jimland Novelties is a Flickr user who is posting images of an incredible collection of Woodring rarities and ephemera, with Jim's permission.

Jimland Novelties

Strangeco Stranger strangeness
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Woodring 30 Jun 2008 1:50 PM

Frank cartoon by Jim Woodring

From Jim Woodring comes word that our pals at Strangeco have created an online gallery of Jim's panel-cartoon-of-sorts that used to run in The Stranger a few years back. Oh yes.

Seeking Woodring fans on film!
Written by Kim Thompson | Filed under Jim Woodring 26 Jun 2008 3:04 PM

Jonathan D. Howells is putting the finishing touches on a long-simmering documentary about Jim Woodring. In the course of doing this he discovered that he does not have signed releases from two of the people of who are prominently featured, at least for one shot, in the version he has put together. Since he really wants to keep these clips in, he's hoping the two can step forth and identify themselves, and sign the release -- or if you know them, notify them or us! (Contact Jonathan directly at johnadhowells [at] hotmail.com.)

This woman was at a signing held at Confounded Books in Seattle about six and a half years ago (a co-signing with Jim and Charles Burns):

unidentified woman

 This man was at LA's Meltdown Comics about six years ago:

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On Frank
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim Woodring 13 May 2008 10:36 AM

Your must-read of the dayJim Woodring calls it the single best piece of writing about Frank that he's ever read. What more need you know? 

Oh, and check out this prototype for Jim's next Presspop vinyl masterpiece, Kaiju:

New Woodring project
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim Woodring 6 May 2008 10:50 AM

  

Our esteemed friends at Payseur & Schmidt are taking pre-orders on a fantastic-looking and sounding new book project by Paul DiFillipo and Jim Woodring. You can even read an excerpt at their site.

Woodring's Beast
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim WoodringBeasts 28 Apr 2008 6:17 PM

Here's a detail of a detail that Jim Woodring posted on his blog of his contribution to Jacob Covey's forthcoming second Beasts! book. Whoa:

  

 

Photos + MP3, Frye Art Museum Crumb Comics Forum
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Robert CrumbPeter BaggeJim WoodringflogcasteventsEllen Forneyaudio 28 Mar 2008 1:48 PM

Comics Forum, R. Crumb's Underground, Frye Museum, 03/27/08

More Flog! Photo Friday, this time with audio! Last night at the Frye Art Museum in Seattle, moderator Gary Groth was joined by Peter Bagge, Ellen Forney, and Jim Woodring for a lively discussion about Robert Crumb and a range of related topics. More photos can be seen on Flickr, in regular and slideshow styles.

Plus! Download the complete audio of this event (24.5 MB MP3). It's a bit low-fi, but mostly intelligible. (We are still working on bringing you a full-fledged podcast... stay tuned for that.) We've also archived this feature on our website at this page.