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Category >> Jim Woodring

Celebrate the Genius of Jim Woodring on Fri. Sept. 17
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 3 Sep 2010 12:44 PM

Jim Woodring

So Jim Woodring was officially declared a Genius by The Stranger; now he and the other Genius Award winners are being feted with a gala event on Friday, September 17, at the Moore Theatre in Seattle. Get your tickets here!

(The portrait of Jim is a good likeness, but why is he dressed like Brock Samson?)

Giant pen is GO
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Woodringgood deeds 2 Sep 2010 11:30 PM

Success!

Success! Thanks to everybody who pledged toward actualizing Jim Woodring's amazing project; we look forward to bringing you progress updates on this:

Jim Woodring - giant pen nib sketch

How Jim Woodring's giant pen will work
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Woodringgood deeds 2 Sep 2010 2:46 PM

Jim Woodring - giant pen nib sketch

Jim Woodring explains the engineering behind his proposed giant pen nib, with the above diagram. There's still a few hours to donate!

Counterculture Comix at Bumbershoot FREE on Friday!
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Tony MillionairestaffPeter BaggeJim WoodringeventsBumbershoot 1 Sep 2010 11:51 AM

Jim Woodring wall, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Artwork by Jim Woodring — click for larger version and see below for more photos]

Comics connoisseurs can view "Counterculture Comix: A 30-Year Survey of Seattle Alternative Cartoonists" for free this Friday, September 3 from 11:00 [correction:] noon to 7:00 PM in the Olympic Room on the Northwest corner of the Seattle Center grounds near Key Arena.)

The exhibition features 3 generations of cartoonists from the city that gave birth and momentum to the alternative comix movement. More than 250 artworks and artifacts are on display, with a comix reading lounge, a continuous screening of David Moore's seminal Hooked on Comix documentary, and cartooning demonstrations by Friends of the Nib and Bureau of Drawers. All Bumbershoot visual art shows are free on Friday, and hizzoner the mayor will tour the exhibitions in the afternoon.

Bumbershoot, Seattle's annual Labor Day weekend arts festival, looks promising this year. In addition to the comix exhibition, there's the daily Flatstock poster show, a special preview of the anxiously-awaited Jesse Bernstein documentary I Am Secretly an Important Man on Saturday, a concert by Hole, featuring the lovely and talented Courtney Love on Sunday, and the equally lovely and talented Tony Millionaire on Monday. Hope to see you there.

Lynda Barry wall, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Artwork & artifacts by Lynda Barry]

Peter Bagge wall, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Artwork & artifacts by Peter Bagge]

Profanity Hill installation, Counterculture Comix exhibit, Bumbershoot 2010
[Jason T. Miles assembles the Profanity Hill installation]




Last chance to fund Jim Woodring's giant pen project
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Woodringgood deeds 1 Sep 2010 7:09 AM

The funding drive for Jim Woodring's Giant Steel Dip Pen project via United States Artists ends tomorrow and there's still a ways to go to meet the goal. If you have the cash to spare and you believe in supporting bona fide geniuses and helping make the world more interesting and good, please help out! You can get original Jim artwork as a pledge gift for Pete's sake.

Daily OCD: 8/31/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsRand HolmesPeanutsPatrick RosenkranzMoto HagioMichael KuppermanmangaLinda MedleyJim WoodringJasonDrew WeingDaily OCDCharles M Schulz 31 Aug 2010 5:11 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

A Drunken  Dream and Other Stories [Pre-Order]

Review: "It's hard not to get swept away your first time reading this book through. The gentle tug of the stories' allure that keeps you reading is hard to ignore so it's recommended you give in. Read it all the way through at your own pace. Once you're done, wait a few days or a couple weeks even, and then read it again. A Drunken Dream and Other Stories is a collection of subtleties as much as it is one of short stories. While the plots themselves are straight-forward enough (taking to mind how strange some can be), the emotional tone of each individual experience is where these stories truly pack a memorable punch. [...] Inside and out, Moto Hagio's A Drunken Dream and Other Stories is a mature collection of stories that aims to provoke thought and feeling and succeeds endearingly at just that. A piece of manga history that only becomes more engaging with each subsequent read, A Drunken Dream presents a great opportunity to experience the charms, both subtle and poignant, of Moto Hagio's craft." – Lissa Pattillo, Anime News Network

Review: "While reading A Drunken Dream and Other Stories, it felt like I was not so much reading the stories as getting submerged in pure book, and rather than try to explain why that is, I just feel the need to force everyone I know to buy it while making vaguely incoherent happy cries. [...]  It is a dazzling treat, and will mesmerize you. [...] If this doesn't win some awards it will be a travesty. Wholeheartedly recommended." – Sean Gaffney, A Case Suitable for Treatment

Tweet of the Week: "Best story in Drunken Dream is the antisocial girl/puppy one, though it's missing the last page where Mr. A kicks the shit out of everybody." – Joe "@snubpollard" McCulloch

The Artist Himself: A Rand Holmes Retrospective [Pre-Order]

Review: "...[T]his superb retrospective compilation and biography [The Artist Himself: A Rand Holmes Retrospective] featur[es] scads of sketches, reproductions of drawings, cartoons and the paintings he created in his later life..., preserved with a copious collection of his wickedly wonderful underground and alternative comic strips for fans and soon to be devotees. [...] Rand Holmes was a true artist in every sense of the world and mostly produced work intended to change society, not fill his pockets. This book is a wonderful tribute and one any grown-up art lover will marvel at and cherish." – Win Wiacek, Now Read This!

Low Moon

Review: "As usual with Jason, these stories [in Low Moon ] are blackly funny, with characters whose core motivations are often unknown. [...] He's been a creator of great stories for many years, but there has always been something glancing and surface-y about his works before. Jason has always been deadpan, but he's showing, some of the time, unexpected depths in that pan." – Andrew Wheeler, The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.

Weathercraft

Review: "There are books that can be easily reviewed — they have straightforward plots that either make sense or don't, characters whose motives are explicable and definable, and settings that relate to places in the real world. And then there are the works of Jim Woodring, where nothing is explained, nothing is stable, and nothing is like anyone else's work. And it's absolutely goddamn genius. [...] There is no one like Jim Woodring, and comics are immeasurably strengthened by the fact that he's chosen this art-form to work in. [...] If you have any feeling in your soul, Weathercraft will confuse and mesmerize you." – Andrew Wheeler, The Antick Musings of G.B.H. Hornswoggler, Gent.

The Complete Peanuts 1975-1976 (Vol. 13) [NORTH AMERICA ONLY]

Plug: "At the age of seven (right on schedule!) Dylan has discovered Charles Schulz, and has polished off my entire collection of The Complete Peanuts hardcovers, from 1950 to 1976. As a result, by my math, he has read nearly 9,500 daily and Sunday strips. Most published before I was born, let alone before he was born." – Ken Jennings

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #6

Plug (no pun intened): "Michael Kupperman is a funny guy, and pretty weird. His Tales Designed to Thrizzle carries on the madness... This one, however, rises to new heights with its appreciation of DRAINAGE!" – Lichanos, Journey to Perplexity

Set to Sea

Plug: "Drew Weing has finished his nautical adventure Set to Sea, bringing the story neatly back around in a circle. Told in a series of beautifully drawn single panels, Weing’s comic is the story of a sea-loving poet who gets shanghaied and learns the real thing is rougher and yet more beautiful than he had imagined. Fantagraphics has published a lovely print volume, and Weing is selling the original panels as well." – Brigid Alverson, Robot 6

Interview: Our Italophone readers (or readers with the patience to work through a slightly jumbled autotranslation) will want to check out Comicsblog.it's interview with Set to Sea creator Drew Weing 

Castle Waiting Vol. 2 - Linda Medley

Coming Attractions: "It seems like it’s been forever since the gorgeous hardcover collection of the first set of Linda Medley's Castle Waiting stories. Fantagraphics will release 384 more pages of charming comics about the family-of-choice residents of a falling-down castle along the way." – David Welsh, The Manga Curmudgeon

The Complete Peanuts 1977-1978 (Vol. 14) [NORTH AMERICA ONLY]

Analysis: Looking at the introduction of Helicopter Snoopy in The Complete Peanuts 1977-1978, Mike Sterling recalls when "I began to realize Peanuts was getting a little strange..."

Congress of the Animals sneak peek from Jim Woodring
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under previewsJim WoodringComing Attractions 30 Aug 2010 2:43 PM

 Congress of the Animals by Jim Woodring - page 36

Jim Woodring posts on his blog:

"Page 36 of the forthcoming CONGRESS OF THE ANIMALS; lamisters Frank and Quacky tour the terminal play zone."

That guy's name is Quacky? Awesome! The book's due next Spring.

FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKS AT BUMBERSHOOT!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Tony MillionaireJim WoodringFantagraphics historyeventsBumbershoot 30 Aug 2010 12:34 PM

This weekend is Seattle's BUMBERSHOOT festival ("bumbershoot" is old-timey for "umbrella" -- get it? it rains a lot here!), one of the biggest cultural events of the year in the great Pacific Northwest, and Fantagraphics will have a presence at the show in a few different ways, most notably a massive art exhibit curated by our own Larry Reid. Here's the skinny on all FBI goings-on: 

  

NORTHWEST COMIX: A 30-YEAR SURVEY OF SEATTLE ALTERNATIVE CARTOONISTS
Curated by Larry Reid in Association with Fantagraphics Books

Venue: Northwest Rooms

Open free to the public September 4-6 with admission to Bumbershoot 2010

This retrospective examines the Northwest's legacy as the birthplace of alternative comics (aka comix). Beginning with the work of Lynda Barry circa 1980, and running through today, the emphasis is on the role of comix in Seattle's youth movement of the '90s that went on to influence global popular culture. Curated by Larry Reid in conjunction with Fantagraphics Books, this exhibit features original artwork on display together with demonstrations by Friends of the Nib and Bureau of Drawers, as well as screenings of Hooked on Comix. Artists include Lynda Barry, Charles Burns, Peter Bagge, Jim Woodring, Ellen Forney, Patrick Moriarity, Mark Zingarelli, Roberta Gregory, Megan Kelso, Jim Blanchard, David Lasky, Justin Hampton, Ted Jouflas, and others.

 

AN EVENING WITH TONY MILLIONAIRE

Venue: Leo K. Theatre

Monday, September 6, 2010 • 5:30 pm- 6:30 pm

Tony Millionaire is the multiple award-winning creator of the self-syndicated comic strip, Maakies, which appears in weekly newspapers across the country. Maakies has been adapted to the small screen in 1998 for Saturday Night Live and in 2008 as The Drinky Crow Show for Cartoon Network's Adult Swim. Moderated by Eric Reynolds of Fantagraphics Books.

 

LISTEN WHITEY: A HISTORY OF BLACK POWER RECORDINGS
Hosted by Pat Thomas

Venue: Words & Ideas Stage

Saturday September 4, 2010 • 3:45PM - 4:45PM

Pat Thomas' forthcoming Fantagraphics book, Listen Whitey: The Sounds of Black Power 1965-1975, chronicles his huge collection of rare and out-of-print Black Power poetry, speeches, interviews, jazz, soul, rock, and pop recordings. He will be speaking about this exhaustive collection and providing unique insight into the historical movement, while playing tons of music and recordings.

Also, if you live in Seattle, you might want to get in on this contest asap to win a few thousand dollars worth of killer swag, including a bunch of Fantagraphics books!

Things to see: 8/17/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerstaffSergio PonchioneRichard SalaRenee FrenchNoah Van SciverMatthias LehmannMark KalesnikoKevin HuizengaJosh Simmonsjohn kerschbaumJim WoodringJim FloraJim BlanchardJasonHans RickheitGabrielle BellFrank SantoroEsther Pearl WatsonDrew WeingDrew Friedman 17 Aug 2010 2:34 PM

Periodic clips & strips — click for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

Lady Rambo pages - Esther Pearl Watson

• On Facebook Esther Pearl Watson gave this glimpse at her new work-in-progress graphic novel, a "Lady Rambo" style action-adventure!

self-portrait - Jason

carrot - Jason

• A self-portrait circa late-1990s and another uncollected strip by Jason; also, he's blogging about the films of Audrey Hepburn, beginning with Funny Face

from Congress of the Animals - Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring presents "A matinee from CONGRESS OF THE ANIMALS"

Mickey & Val Rooney - Drew Friedman

Drew Friedman recounts an evening at Mickey & Val Rooney's variety show

Orangeproject - Sergio Ponchione

Sergio Ponchione did the album cover & interior art for the debut album by Orangeproject

Lincoln - Noah Van Sciver

Noah Van Sciver gives another glimpse at his book-in-progress The Hypo

Lewis and his many ways

• Deepest, sincerest condolences to Laura Park on the loss of her beloved and handsome cat Lewis

bun quak bun - Josh Simmons

Josh Simmons puts a Quacker between two Buns; also, Flexi-Quacker

colony - Renee French

• From Renee French: thumbnails, guys with mitts, something shadowy with maybe a bunny

Ectopiary page 37 - Hans Rickheit

Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary page 37

Cartoon Boy - John Kerschbaum

John Kerschbaum's Cartoon Boy wraps up his current adventure — mmm, that's good denouement

Matthias Lehmann

Matthias Lehmann updates his blog with nearly a dozen recent illustrations

Truman Capote - Steven Weissman

Steven Weissman takes another crack at that "Truman Capote" strip

collage - Frank Santoro

• Oh Frank Santoro. His latest cut-n-paste job is decidedly NSFW. "Marvel Team-Up" indeed

dollhouse - Dame Darcy

• Welcome to Dame Darcy's dollhouse — this and more in her latest blog update

Set to Sea - Drew Weing

Drew Weing's Set to Sea pages 124 & 125

A Feast for the Eyes - Richard Sala

Illustrated border and hand-lettering by Richard Sala for a written piece by Nick Tosches, 1996

untitled - Jim Flora

• An untitled Jim Flora painting from 1964

Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond - Kevin Huizenga

• A new Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond strip by Kevin Huizenga 

Laughing Squid postcard - Jim Blanchard

• Send Jim Blanchard your address and he'll happily send you one of these old postcards

San Diego - Gabrielle Bell

• Sexual harrassment and chocolate figure in part 3 of Gabrielle Bell's "Comic-Con Comicumentary"

Tina in a Polka-Dot Dress - Mark Kalesniko

Mark Kalesniko's third variation on "Tina in a Polka-Dot Dress"

Petanque - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner presents a rejected New Yorker illustration

young slow loris

Our Talented Staff Dept: office manager Stephanie Hayes is now posting flora & fauna sketches at The Gentleman Scientist

Daily OCD: 8/10/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTerry ZwigoffRobert CrumbreviewsPopeyeMoto HagioKrazy KatKim DeitchJim WoodringGeorge HerrimanEmile BravoEC SegarDrew FriedmanDaily OCDCCIaudio 10 Aug 2010 3:27 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

The Search for Smilin' Ed!

Review: "Originally serialized in the late ‘90s, this cartwheeling shaggy-dog story begins, like a lot of metafiction, with the semblance of reality... But by the time a frog demon reanimates a 19th-century French peasant whose brains it has eaten, it’s fairly clear that Deitch is making stuff up. The fun of [The Search for Smilin' Ed] is the way it constantly darts back and forth across the line between genuine show-business lore (a favorite Deitch theme) and delirious whole-cloth invention. ... Deitch’s artwork... is... utterly confident, building on the stylistic gestures of both the underground-comics scene that launched his career and the classic animation that inspired his talking-animal characters." – Publishers Weekly

The Portable Frank [with FREE Signed Bookplate]

Review: "Some of the best comics of the last couple of decades are Jim Woodring’s wordless Frank stories. Dreamlike, idyllic and mind bendingly horrific visions are rendered with immaculate penwork and pacing. This tidy, near 200 page collection of black and white stories [The Portable Frank] is sufficient to put a permanent dent in your brain pan." – M. Ace, Irregular Orbit

Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918: Love in a Kestle or Love in a Hut

Review: "Fantagraphics cycles back to the first three years of Herriman’s Sunday Krazy Kat strips [in Krazy & Ignatz 1916-1918]. I do enjoy these early years of the kat kronikles — a bit more lyrical, a bit more varied, a bit less centered on the kat/mouse/cop routine. Yes, you need it. Of course." – M. Ace, Irregular Orbit

Crumb - Criterion Collection Blu-Ray

Interview: In virtue of the Criterion Collection release of Crumb on DVD and Blu-ray, The A.V. Club talks to director Terry Zwigoff: "And I said, 'What did you think of it?' And he said, 'It was mortifying.' I said, 'Is it a bad film?' And he said, 'No, but I’m looking at myself in a mirror, so what am I supposed to say? Is it good? Is it bad? I just don’t want to look at it.' Something like that."

Too Soon? - Drew Friedman

Interview: Kliph Nesteroff's conversation with Drew Friedman (previously transcribed at WFMU's Beware of the Blog) is now available as an audio download from the Inkstuds podcast

Panel: The Comics Journal presents video of the "International Comics and Graphic Novels" panel at Comic-Con International last month, with Moto Hagio, Émile Bravo and others — part 1 is embedded above, with 4 additional parts at TCJ.com

Popeye Vol. 1: "I Yam What I Yam"

Commentary: Noah Berlatsky takes his whack at Popeye in the critical roundtable at The Hooded Utilitarian