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Jim Woodring - Weathercraft art show at Scott Eder Gallery in Brooklyn
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim Woodringeventsart shows 16 May 2010 7:20 PM

Weathercraft original art - Jim Woodring

An exhibit of original pages from Jim Woodring's Weathercraft (as seen above in our office last August) will open at Scott Eder Gallery in Brooklyn on June 18, 2010, with an opening reception 6-9 PM. Jim will be in attendance — mark your calendars! This is one of several NYC appearances for Jim, about which we'll be announcing full details in the near future.

Don't forget, those of us on the opposite coast will be treated to Jim's Weathercraft slideshow presentation at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery this coming Saturday.

Jim Woodring original art for Congress of the Animals
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Original ArtJim WoodringComing Attractions 13 May 2010 11:27 AM

Original art for Congress of the Animals by Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring just dropped by the office to drop off the first 36 pages of his in-progress follow-up to Weathercraft, titled Congress of the Animals. We don't have a release date set for it but I'm guessing it will probably be about a year from now. Click the photos for bigger images.

Original art for Congress of the Animals by Jim Woodring

Original art for Congress of the Animals by Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring Presents WEATHERCRAFT at Fantagraphics Bookstore on May 22
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Jim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 12 May 2010 12:01 PM

Weathercraft by Jim Woodring

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery welcomes visionary cartoonist Jim Woodring on Saturday, May 22 from 7:00 to 8:00 PM. He will give a slide presentation focusing on his latest work WEATHERCRAFT and sign copies of the book, which debuts at the event.  

Jim Woodring’s idiosyncratic aesthetic has earned him an international following as both a cartoonist and visual artist. He was a recipient of the prestigious United States Artist Fellowship in 2006 (with frequent collaborator Bill Frisell) and was an Artist Trust-Washington State Artist fellow in 2008. His work is published and exhibited worldwide, finding him traveling to exhibitions in France and Australia last year, a residency in Alaska last month, and to Sweden next month.  

Though Fantagraphics Books has published several wonderful Woodring comic book series and collections, WEATHERCRAFT represents his first full-length graphic novel. Employing mystical motifs and enigmatic characters, the book continues the artist’s tradition of imaginative narratives allowing subjective responses from the reader. In a recent review in Vice magazine, Nick Gazin observes, “There’s not much point in trying to sum up the story of this comic. There’s no text, the art is beautiful, and you’re totally consumed by the world he’s created and you exist inside it while you’re reading it."  

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street, minutes south of downtown Seattle in the center of the historic Georgetown arts community. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110.  

Listing Information: 

Jim Woodring presents WEATHERCRAFT

Saturday May 22, 7:00 to 8:00 PM

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery

1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.)

Seattle. Phone 206.658.0110

Now in stock: Weathercraft by Jim Woodring
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under new releasesJim Woodring 12 May 2010 11:33 AM

Just arrived in our warehouse and ready to ship:

Weathercraft by Jim Woodring

Weathercraft
by Jim Woodring

104-page black & white 7" x 9.75" hardcover • $19.99
ISBN: 978-1-60699-340-8

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For over 20 years now, Jim Woodring has delighted, touched, and puzzled readers around the world with his lush, wordless tales of “Frank.”

Weathercraft is Woodring’s first full-length graphic novel set in this world — indeed, Woodring’s first graphic novel, period! — and it features the same hypnotically gorgeous linework and mystical iconography.

As it happens, Frank has only a brief supporting appearance in Weathercraft, which actually stars Manhog, Woodring’s pathetic, brutish everyman (or everyhog), who had previously made several appearances in “Frank” stories (as well as a stunning solo turn in the short story “Gentlemanhog”).

After enduring 32 pages of almost incomprehensible suffering, Manhog embarks upon a transformative journey and attains enlightenment. He wants to go to celestial realms but instead altruistically returns to the unifactor to undo a wrong he has inadvertently brought about: The transformation of the evil politician Whim into a mind-destroying plant-demon who distorts and enslaves Frank and his friends. The new and metaphysically expanded Manhog sets out for a final battle with Whim...

Weathercraft also co-stars Frank’s cast of beloved supporting characters, including Frank’s Faux Pa and the diminutive, mailbox-like Pupshaw and Pushpaw; it is both a fully independent story that is a great introduction to Woodring’s world, and a sublime addition to, and extension of, the Frank stories.

Download an EXCLUSIVE 12-page PDF excerpt (1.4 MB).

Daily OCD: 5/10/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsPeanutsMomeMichael KuppermanMark KalesnikoLove and RocketsJoe DalyJim WoodringJacques TardiDaily OCDComing AttractionsBen SchwartzBasil Wolverton 10 May 2010 4:23 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions (through yesterday; we're a bit behind):

The Culture Corner

Review: "...[E]ven [Basil Wolverton]'s throwaway work — in this case, half-page gag strips (emphasis on the 'gag') that appeared in Fawcett's Captain Marvel titles during and after World War II — is fully worthy of rediscovery. Like a Bizarro Dr. Seuss, Wolverton packs each Culture Corner with goofy, rhyming advice... While silly and inconsequential, these strips revel in the subversive, surrealist glee that would develop more fully in Wolverton's later output for Mad and others, a style that would help unlock the inner cretin inside everyone from Robert Crumb to Peter Bagge. ...Fantagraphics has to be applauded for tenaciously keeping Wolverton and his eye-gouging, subliminally influential work from slipping through the cracks of comics history. [Grade] B+" — The A.V. Club

It Was the War of the Trenches

Review: "...Tardi’s [It Was the] War of the Trenches is the most powerful comic I’ve read on World War One since Charley’s War... The black and white art is perfectly suited to the era being covered... while Tardi, not for the first time, proves himself a master of expression, the looks on the faces of the men caught up in the war speaking absolute volumes... It’s a hugely powerful work, both moving and horrific and filled with anger for the suffering and injustices one group of ‘civilised’ humans can visit upon another... [A]s the last voices of those who were actually there are fading into silence works like this are needed to remind us of the monstrous acts we can be capable of in service to the beasts of jingoism and nationalism and hubris, that we should read them and take cautionary lessons from them. Never forget." – Joe Gordon, The Forbidden Planet International Blog Log

Dungeon Quest, Book 1  [Pre-Order]

Interview: Avoid the Future has an illuminating talk with Joe Daly: "The environment is surreal, in that it combines the fantastical with the urbane. I try to meld these two sides together into a continuum that supports both the phantasmagoric  and the banal, in a naturalistic kind of way. On a conceptual level, I’m also interested in combining extreme stupidity with a bit of cleverness (which the title ‘Dungeon Quest’ is supposed to invoke)." There's also a glimpse of Dungeon Quest Book 2!

The Best  American Comics Criticism [Pre-Order]

Interview: The Comics Reporter's Tom Spurgeon grills Ben Schwartz, editor of The Best American Comics Criticism, saying "It's the kind of volume that starts fights... but that's okay and it's part of the fun. There's a lot of good work in the book and one or two absolutely inspired choices. Anyone with an interest in comics should at least give it a flip-through, and anyone with an interest in writing about the medium should use it as a springboard to discover a host of excellent new favorites." Schwartz on pitching the book: "Gary was the most skeptical. Early on he asked me if I seriously thought I could fill a whole book with good writing on comics. He sent me his essay 'The Death of Criticism.' Nice to know that's on your publisher's mind!"

Weathercraft

Interview: Canada's National Post has a Q&A with TCAF special guest Jim Woodring: "My name is Jim Woodring and I’m a cartoonist. I’m going to TCAF by invitation, with an assist from Fantagraphics Books, my publisher. I have a new book out called Weathercraft and I’m going to answer questions about it.

Mome Vol. 12 - Fall 2008

Plugs: At The Cool Kids Table, Rickey Purdin runs down some recent acquisitions, including a couple volumes of Mome ("constantly entertaining") and the Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales free comic ("...this free sample is PROBABLY about to set me on a path of Woodring fanaticism. Well played, Fantagraphics.")

Tales Designed to Thrizzle #6

Plug: "Michael Kupperman's Tales Designed to Thrizzle is that rarest of comic books: It's actually, genuinely a comic experience, with several guaranteed laugh-out-loud moments per issue." – Paul Constant, The Stranger

Freeway - Mark Kalesniko

Plug: Comics Worth Reading's Johanna Draper Carlson spotlights Mark Kalesniko's Freeway in a roundup of upcoming graphic novels

Love and Rockets

Links: Love & Maggie present a "monster-sized" edition of their exhaustive Love and Rockets link roundups

Police blotter: "Man dressed as Snoopy in 'worst attempted jail-break ever'" (via our own Eric Reynolds)

Things to see: 5/6/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under TMNTThings to seeSteven WeissmanSergio PonchionePaul HornschemeierKevin Huizengajon vermilyeaJim WoodringFrank SantorofashionDebbie Drechsler 6 May 2010 3:24 PM

Daily clips & strips -- click for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beond - Kevin Huizenga

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

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

Butter and Blood - Steven Weissman

• From Steven Weissman, this week's "I, Anonymous" and the piece that gives the Butter and Blood art show at GR2 its name

gold - Frank Santoro

• At last, those misty color backgrounds that Frank Santoro's been posting make sense

Lake Ralphine, Noon - Debbie Drechsler

• A midday visit to the lake by Debbie Drechsler

Enaiatollah Akbari - Sergio Ponchione

Two new illustrations by Sergio Ponchione, including... the world's first Muslim online sex shop? (completely SFW)

Metal - Paul Hornschemeier

• It's Paul Hornschemeier's new weekly t-shirt design for his Forlorn Funnies Shirt Shop

Quacker Bunny - Josh Simmons

• Don't miss Bunny Quacker, Josh Simmons's counterpart to his Quacker Bunny above, at his & Wendy Chin's Quackers blog — he's just as grumpy

panorama - Jim Woodring

tussle - Jim Woodring

• A montage of new Frank drawings by Jim Woodring... is that our first glimpse of Frank's female counterpart that Jim's mentioned? Also, Jim would like to see you at TCAF

test panels - Derek Van Gieson

• More glimpses and test images for Derek Van Gieson's Mome story "Devil Doll"

Pizza Time - Jon Vermilyea

Pizza Time - Jon Vermilyea

Jon Vermilyea shows off the printed cover and pages of his new Pizza Time zine

TCAF: It's a Beauty Way to Go
Written by janice headley | Filed under Jim WoodringHo Che AndersoneventsDash ShawBlake Bell 6 May 2010 6:17 AM

TCAF 2010 poster - Daniel Clowes

Yes! For the first time ever, Fantagraphics will be heading to the great white north for this year's Toronto Comic Arts Festival.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone, and yes, I'll confess, I'm looking forward to trying one of those Canadian donuts I've heard so much about.

Yours truly will be manning the table, along with Denise and Helen from esteemed establishment The Beguiling. So, let me answer you now, "No, Eric, Gary, and Kim are not here," and "No, we're not accepting submissions, but please visit our website for details on how to submit your work..."

We'll be bringing a bevy of sweet, tasty, chewy... um, books for you to buy (dammit, sorry, still thinking about donuts), including:

Artichoke Tales
• The Artist Himself: Rand Holmes Update: Oops, this one won't make it.
Billy Hazelnuts & the Crazy Bird
Captain Easy
• Meatcake
• MOME 19
Prince Valiant, Vol. 2
• Set to Sea Update: Sorry, this won't make it either.
Wally Gropius
Weathercraft
• Werewolves of Montpellier


Swing by the Fantagraphics table (see map below) to pick these up, and get some books signed by our artists:

SIGNING SCHEDULE

Saturday 12:30-2:30: Jim Woodring (at The Beguiling signing tables)
Saturday 2-3: Blake Bell & Roger Langridge
Saturday 4-5: Dash Shaw

Sunday 12-2: Ho Che Anderson
Sunday 1-2: Roger Langridge
Sunday 2:30-4:30: Jim Woodring

(Times may be subject to last-minute change.)

And be sure to hit up some of these great panels, too:

SATURDAY

Feature: Daniel Clowes, James Sturm, Seth, Chester Brown, and Jim Woodring
11:30 – 12:30pm, Learning Center 1 (Located at Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge Street, 1st floor, in the main atrium space)

Five of the world’s most respected cartoonists in one room, on one panel! Moderated by Tom Spurgeon.

Spotlight: Paul Pope and Dash Shaw
12:00-1:00pm, The Pilot (22 Cumberland Street, across the street from Toronto Reference Library)


TCAF Featured Guests Paul Pope and Dash Shaw are two of the most exciting creators in comics, mixing their influences and innovations to create groundbreaking work. Now Inkstuds Radio/Podcast host Robin McConnell will moderate a conversation between these two creators about the role that influences play in creating comics, ranging from traditional comics to film and music and from classical to contemporary works. This also includes a discussion of education, some key points in creating your own vision in comics, and an examination of how to make influences work and finding out where they lead you.

SUNDAY

Spotlight: Jim Woodring’s Weathercraft
12:30 – 1:30pm, Learning Center 1 (Located at Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge Street, 1st floor, in the main atrium space)


Jim Woodring’s cartoons chart a course through some of the most surreal imagery ever seen in any artistic medium, drawing visions from the realms of the subconscious to create a graphic world of dreams. But while his work may speak in the language of dreams, Woodring’s life has often led him into nightmare territory… Now venture into Woodring’s interior world with Weathercraft, the newest book in Woodring’s Frank world. Joining Jim Woodring will be journalist Sean Rogers, who will interview the author in a moderated Q&A.

The New Graphic Novelists: New Creators Transforming the Medium
Sunday, May 9th, 2:15 – 3:15pm, Learning Center 1 (Located at Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge Street, 1st floor, in the main atrium space)


There is a pantheon of great graphic novelists — folks who started thinking about comics as singular, book-bound creations.  But that concept has shifted since its conceptualization, and a collection of young creators are pushing the medium in fantastic new ways. Creators Joshua Cotter, Colleen Frakes, Ryan North, Dash Shaw, and Raina Telgemeier will discuss their experiences producing comics that alternately defy and embrace the term ‘graphic novel”. Moderated by Eva Volin.

Research and History: Inspiration versus Obligation
Sunday, May 9th, 3:00 – 4:00pm, The Pilot (22 Cumberland Street, across the street from Toronto Reference Library)


A discussion about different approaches and uses of research from the hardcore to the writers of historical fiction. Inspiration versus obligation … for everybody. A lively discussion led by Kathryn Immonen, and featuring Stuart Immonen, Jim Ottaviani, Kate Beaton, Ho Che Anderson, Willow Dawson, and Matt Kindt.

Russell Patterson and the Patterson Girl
Sunday, May 9th, 4:30 – 5:00pm, Learning Center 1 (Located at Toronto Reference Library 789 Yonge Street, 1st floor, in the main atrium space)


Russell Patterson got his start in Montreal as a newspaper cartoonist. He then went to Chicago, where he eventually made a name for himself as an illustrator of flapper era nightlife. His “Patterson Girls,” which appeared in magazines and various comic strips (Flossy Frills; Gloria Gets Her Man; The Patterson Girl), were intended as caricatures, and between 1925 and 1960 they go from being fun and liberated to being sexist and shallow. Jaleen Grove, editor of Top Hats and Flappers (Fantagraphics) traces this progression in the context of the entertainment industry and its exploitation of glamour, looking at how models used illustrators and vice versa to further their careers.

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Daily OCD: 5/4/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim WoodringFantagraphics BookstoreDaily OCD 4 May 2010 3:39 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales (FCBD)

Plug: In his coverage of Free Comic Book Day Paul Constant of The Stranger calls Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales by Jim Woodring "the best comic for adults" and adds "The Fantagraphics Store is an amazing, beautiful bookstore..."

Plug: Thought Balloonists' Charles Hatfield says of Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales "Crikey, the best FCBD publication I've gotten since [2006]."

Things to see: 5/3/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeRenee FrenchMark KalesnikoMarco CoronaLove and RocketsKevin HuizengaJosh SimmonsJohnny RyanJim WoodringJaime HernandezHans RickheitGabrielle BellDerek Van GiesonComing Attractions 3 May 2010 4:06 PM

Daily clips & strips -- click for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

boat ride - Jim Woodring

• From Jim Woodring, a glimpse at his next book following Weathercraft, Congress of the Animals

Tron of Finland - Johnny Ryan

• The genius of Johnny Ryan brings you "Tron of Finland"

Rumbling - Kevin Huizenga

What Things Do begins serialization of Kevin Huizenga's Rumbling

Stockholm - Gabrielle Bell

Stockholm -  Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell continues and concludes reporting from her Stockholm trip

line - Renee French

Stone tower - Renee French

Renee French does hilarious and alarming with equal aplomb

Ectopiary - Hans Rickheit

exotichypnoticimage - Hans Rickheit

Hans Rickheit presents Ectopiary page 22 and his description of this illustration is priceless

illustration - Marco Corona

il mago - Marco Corona

• Recent illustrations by Marco Corona: Sports! Magic!

Mail Order Bride sketches - Mark Kalesniko

Character sketches from Mail Order Bride by Mark Kalesniko

Cabbit - Josh Simmons

• I do believe the cabbit is a Josh Simmons creation on his & Wendy Chin's Quackers blog

Devil Doll 4 - cathedral - Derek Van Gieson

• Here's a sneak peek at a future installment of Derek Van Gieson's Mome serial "Devil Doll"

Jim Woodring at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Free Comic Book Day 2010 - photos
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 2 May 2010 12:06 PM

Jim Woodring at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Free Comic Book Day 2010

Jim Woodring at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Free Comic Book Day 2010

Thanks to everybody who came out to see Jim Woodring and pick up copies of Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales on Free Comic Book Day at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery yesterday! I got there after the crowds had already thinned out, but it was a bustling afternoon. We hope everybody who wanted a copy of the comic was able to find one in their neck of the woods.