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Category >> Jim Woodring

Things to see: 6/8/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoUsagi YojimboTony MillionaireThings to seeSteven WeissmanSteve BrodnerStan SakaiSergio PonchioneRenee FrenchRay FenwickPaul HornschemeierMichael KuppermanMark KalesnikoLilli CarréLaura ParkKevin HuizengaJosh Simmonsjohn kerschbaumJim WoodringJim FloraHans RickheitGilbert HernandezfashionDerek Van GiesonDebbie DrechslerDame DarcyBob FingermanAnders Nilsen 8 Jun 2010 5:12 PM

Clips & strips from the last few days — click for improved/additional viewing at the sources:

Why Not a Spider Monkey Jesus? - cover by Michael Kupperman

Michael Kupperman's cover art for the book Why Not a Spider Monkey Jesus? by A.G. Pasquella

Gilbert Hernandez fanzine art

Gilbert Hernandez fanzine art from 1981 as unearthed by Frank Santoro at Comics Comics

Usagi Yojimbo - Stan Sakai

ComicsAlliance presents selections from the 1991 Amazing Heroes Swimsuit Special

Frank, Fran and the skullfruit - Jim Woodring

• From Jim Woodring, Frank, Fran and the skullfruit

Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond - Kevin Huizenga

• Leon explores the mystery of Poffo's Hat in this Amazing Facts and Beyond with Leon Beyond by Kevin Huizenga

Skinny-Man - Bob Fingerman

• Another 1975 flashback from Bob Fingerman

I, Anonymous - Steven Weissman

Post-It - Steven Weissman

• This week's "I, Anonymous" and one two three four Post-It Show previews from Steven Weissman

Dame Darcy

• New artwork for sale, Portugal tour diary and more in Dame Darcy 's latest blog update

Fishing in New Orleans - Jim Flora

• On the Jim Flora Art Blog, a circa 1940 woodcut depicting fishing in New Orleans (guess those days are over, thanks BP) and a commemoration of Pete Jolly's birthday

Ground Squirrel - Debbie Drechsler

• Recent nature sketches by Debbie Drechsler: Narrowleaf onion, ground squirrels, a blue-bellied lizard, and Ithuriel's spear

print - Lilli Carré

Four new screenprints by Lilli Carré — these and other products of her residency at Spudnik Press will be on display this Thursday, June 10, 2010, 6-7:30pm: more info here

sketch - Mark Kalesniko

Several recent sketches by Mark Kalesniko

Cartoon Boy - John Kerschbaum

• It's your all-new weekly installment of "Cartoon Boy" from John Kerschbaum

Maakies - Tony Millionaire

• I believe this is last week's Maakies by Tony Millionaire

il tUBUro - Sergio Ponchione

Sergio Ponchione contributed this illustrated recipe to an anarchist cookbook, it seems (and also drew Linda Lovelace)

Let's Make Lentil Salad!

• Speaking of illustrated recipes, here's one from Laura Park

 

Outdoors Is Bullshit - Paul Hornschemeier

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

Green Lantern bunny - Josh Simmons

• From Josh Simmons & co., the latest Quackers & Randy Gander hijinks 

can't clap - Renee French

• From Renee French, this thing, this guy, this thing, this photo, this thing, and this guy

 

Steve Brodner takes on the Gulf oil disaster in this segment from PBS's Need to Know, with commentary and two more disaster-related sketches on his blog

installation - Anders Nilsen

Anders Nilsen posts photos of his recent "button installation" for Ogilvy & Mather's lobby, along with time-lapse video of its creation

Ectopiary page 27 - Hans Rickheit

Page 27 of Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary

The Cycle of Love - Derek Van Gieson

Derek Van Gieson presents "The Cycle of Love"

Soap - Ray Fenwick

• From Ray Fenwick, a comics illustration for an article in the Globe and Mail

Daily OCD: 6/8/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under reviewsKim DeitchJim WoodringJack ColeDaily OCDCarol Tyler 8 Jun 2010 3:12 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

You'll Never Know Book 1: A Good and Decent Man

List: Library Journal's Martha Cornog names You'll Never Know, Book 1: A Good and Decent Man by C. Tyler as one of "12 Graphic Novels for Father's Day": "A newly single parent trying to understand her middle-aged self, Carol Tyler sets out to find the real human being and the real soldier behind her World War II veteran dad's familiar and taciturn persona. Her colorful, historically detailed art re-creates the wartime period expressively, and this first in a trilogy inspires curiosity and empathy for those who serve but don't talk about it much. Everything is connected, and the past is never just the past."

Classic  Pin-up Art of Jack Cole [Softcover Ed.]

Review: "Jack Cole... was undeniably a master of his craft, with deft, lovely lines and a witty sensibility. This new book, Classic Pin-Up Art of Jack Cole, from Fantagraphics focuses mostly on the titillating and gracefully naughty one-panel comics done for the Humorama publishing concern. ... This is the best sort of cheesecake. The historical text piece puts these works and the career of Mr. Cole into context, and creates a fascinating, entertaining, and timeless volume. ...I'm betting you'll read it again and again. Author rating: 9/10" – Jeremy Nisen, Under the Radar

Review: "Jack Cole is known for creating Plastic Man, the superhero whose limbs can stretch. But the artist also drew cartoons capable of making readers’ other parts stretch, and the proof is in the prurient pudding of Classic Pin-Up Art of Jack Cole, newly available in paperback from Fantagraphics Books. The 100 pages’ worth of cartoons of comely, curvy cuties come culled from low-rent men’s digest magazines of the 1940s and 1950s — now-forgotten rags with happy-go-lucky names like Romp, Joker and Laugh Riot. But Cole’s contributions are visually indelible." – Rod Lott, Bookgasm

Weathercraft

Review: "With Woodring’s skill, I never found myself confused [by Weathercraft], at least, more than you’re supposed to be. I’ve never read a statement by Woodring saying this, but I always got the impression he wanted you to work for the meaning behind his stories. Even if it’s not the case, I highly enjoy the process. In one graphic novel, I got what I think may have been a love story, a treatise on spiritual enlightenment and sometimes just a whole lot of fun." – Joe Keatinge, Neon Monster

Analysis: "[Weathercraft], which centres on the evolutionary and spiritual journey of Manhog, is breathtakingly original, and looking at it just brings home to me how timid many of us in this business are. ... These works, Weathercraft and Rupert [the Bear], should be poles apart, and yet they have much in common; both are brilliant ideas, both are brilliantly drawn, both 'exist' in fully imagined worlds, worlds familiar enough to be like the world we know, but different enough from the world we know for magic to happen. It may be a fanciful notion on my part, but I can see much more craft in these two magical comic creations than chaotic meanderings, and I'm relieved." – Rod McKie

The Search for Smilin' Ed!

Review: "And as with other works like Shadowland and Boulevard of Broken Dreams, it’s nearly impossible not to be sucked in [by The Search for Smilin' Ed], as Deitch digs deeper and deeper into his own seedy universe. It’s also impossible not to pull the old volumes off the shelf for another exploratory re-read. I wouldn’t be entirely surprised to discover even more sprawling themes amongst the seemingly dissonant puzzle pieces, the pursuit of which will be a downright blast." – Brian Heater, The Daily Cross Hatch

Jim Woodring in Bay Area Wed. & Thurs.!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 8 Jun 2010 9:03 AM

  

JIM WOODRING'S WEATHERCRAFT TOUR

   Jim Woodring's WEATHERCRAFT tour kicks into high-gear this week with two events in the California Bay Area on Wednesday and Thursday.

At each event, Jim will entertain audiences a fantastic slide show and discussion of the hidden meanings behind every mysterious idea and totem in WEATHERCRAFT. And in Brooklyn, on June 18, New Yorkers will have the opportunity to view all of the original artwork from the book, as well as many preliminary pieces that went into making it.

06/09/10 | 7:30PM • Berkeley CA •  PEGASUS & PENDRAGON BOOKSTORE

06/10/10 | 7:30PM • San Francisco CA • THE BOOKSMITH

06/17/10 | 6PM • New York NY • FORBIDDEN PLANET

06/18/10 | 6PM • Brooklyn NY • SCOTT EDER GALLERY

06/19/10 | 7PM • Brooklyn NY • DESERT ISLAND COMICS

06/25/10 | 7:30PM • Portland OR • POWELL'S CITY OF BOOKS

ABOUT WEATHERCRAFT: After 30 years of making acclaimed comic books, Jim Woodring has created his first-ever, long-form original graphic novel. WEATHERCRAFT sends Jim's sloth-like character, Manhog, on a psychedelic quest for enlightenment. Woodring's transformative imagination lures the reader in and makes that person part of a looping story in which actions speak and words don't exist. Wooodring's fluid panels and detailed linework makes this journey though the "Unifactor" universe one that rewards with exquisite new discoveries upon every reading.

WEATHERCRAFT: Black-and-white, 104 pages, 7" by 9.75" • ISBN: 978-1-60699-340-8 • $19.99 US


Daily OCD: 6/7/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under The Comics JournalRoy CranereviewsPeanutsMegan KelsoKim DeitchJim WoodringJeremy EatonGene DeitchDrew FriedmanDaily OCDCarol TylerBen SchwartzAl Columbia 7 Jun 2010 5:41 PM

Catching up with Online Commentary & Diversions:

Weathercraft

Review: "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. Weathercraft... flows so smoothly and delightfully from each image to the next that it’s easy to ignore that it has its own idea of sense, which may not jibe with anybody else’s." – Douglas Wolk, The New York Times

Review: "For those who find the work involving enough, Weathercraft will resonate with them on some emotional level — there's moments that unnerve, moments that touch — and while it is an immersive experience, the comic, especially in its hardcover form, operates most like a testimony of events. It's a comic, through and through, but it hews closer to a religious tome than it does a Love & Rockets installment." – Tucker Stone, comiXology

Review: "It’s better to experience Woodring’s work than to try and understand it. Weathercraft focuses on Frank’s frequent nemesis Manhog — a representative of humanity at its morally weakest — as he goes through multiple stages of degradation on his way to almost achieving a higher consciousness. The humanoid mongrel Frank hangs around the edges of the story with his loyal pets, but Weathercraft is mainly about how Manhog — and by extension the reader — sees how sick, freaky, and beautiful the world can be… [Grade] A-" – The A.V. Club

Artichoke Tales [Pre-Order]

Review: "Megan Kelso is best known for elegant, small-scale comics... with a historical or memoiristic bent. So it’s surprising and wonderful that Artichoke Tales, her first novel-length work, is the sort of world-­building fantasy story that comes with a family tree and a map on its endpapers. ... Kelso’s ligne claire artwork is consistently sweet and airy, depicting blobby, dot-eyed characters whose body language says as much as their words. The approach provides a likable surface for a story with much darker and stickier depths, about a land whose cultural heritage is rotting away in the aftermath of a civil war." – Douglas Wolk, The New York Times

Dungeon Quest, Book 1  [Pre-Order]

Review: "South African comic book writer/artist Joe Daly’s Dungeon Quest: Book One takes a hilariously askew look at the madness of fantasy quest games. ...[R]eaders with a high tolerance for absurdity and a healthy sense of humor about the subject matter will probably love what's on offer here." – Matt Staggs, Suvudu

Wally Gropius

Review: "Watching [Wally] and his equally gangly, geometric cohorts stretch and sprint and smash their way across Hensley's brighly colored backgrounds and block-lettered sound effects is like reading your favorite poem — or even... Wally Gropius itself — as translated into a language with a totally different alphabet. ... And wonder of wonders, the book finds its own way to be really funny amid all these highfalutin hijinks..." – Sean T. Collins, Attentiondeficitdisorderly

Review: "[Wally Gropius] has quickly become one of my favorite graphic novels. ... The comic is too odd to be described as 'commentary.' It seems far more synthetic than parodic: it blends recognizable influences into something truly new... The plot of Wally Gropius has been described as surreal or random, but it’s coherent and far more complex than I first thought... The book is an encyclopedia of cartoony facial expressions and bodily gestures, and should be studied at the CCS as such. WG radiates a real sense of joy, of 'cartooning unfettered.' ... Hensley is one of the best, and most idiosyncratic, writers of text in comics." – Ken Parille, Blog Flume

Review: "[Daniel] Clowes isn’t as zany as he used to be, so there’s a void to be filled here, and Wally Gropius does that ably: The hardcover collects Hensley’s Gropius stories from the anthology series Mome (with a little extra material thrown in), and his immaculate, vaguely ’50s style owes as much to Mort Walker, Archie Comics, and other vintage teen-humor strips as it does to Clowes. ... [Grade] B" – The A.V. Club

Captain Easy, Soldier of  Fortune: The Complete Sunday Newspaper  Strips Vol. 1 (1933-1935)

Review: "...Captain Easy follows a mysterious agent-for-hire as he travels exotic lands, battling bad guys. ...Crane’s art is stunning, combining simple cartoony figures with richly detailed backgrounds in clever, colorful layouts. It isn’t even necessary to read the dialogue or captions to follow the action; just scan Crane’s dynamic lines, which make every panel look like a unique work of pop art… [Grade] A-" – The A.V. Club

The Best American Comics Criticism

Review: "I was pretty excited when I found out that Fantagraphics was publishing an anthology of The Best American Comics Criticism. ... Editor Ben Schwartz did a great job selecting pieces that comprise a vibrant narrative of the industry. From graphic novels with literary aspirations to comics about capes, the breadth of content in here is really fantastic. ... But of all the essays in the book, only one is written by a woman. That’s a big let down." – Erin Polgreen, Attackerman

Too Soon? - Drew Friedman

Plug: "Drew Friedman is the master American caricaturist of our time. Not only are his portraits of the famous so realistic, they induce double takes, but he also captures truths about personality and draws out (pun intended) the funny in everyone." – Michael Simmons, LA Weekly

The Complete Peanuts 1969-1970 (Vol. 10) [NORTH AMERICA ONLY]

Plug: G4 drops a nice mention of "the ongoing and lovingly assembled Complete Peanuts series" in their review of the Snoopy Flying Ace game for Xbox 360

Pim & Francie: The Golden Bear Days

Interview: Comics Comics' Nicole Rudick sat Al Columbia down for his most candid and revealing interview ever: "So, yeah, I can still draw Pim and Francie. They’re a lot of fun to draw. Almost too much fun. You start to get intoxicated working on them. It’s like, 'This is too much fun. This shouldn’t be allowed. This shouldn’t be legal.' I always put it aside because it just gets me too . . . they’re very intense and fun and maybe fun upsets me."

Jeremy Eaton

Interview: David-Wasting-Paper subjects Jeremy Eaton to his Cartoonist Survey

Gene Deitch

Interview: The Daily Cross Hatch's Brian Heater concludes his conversation with Gene Deitch: "I hate the term '2D.' That’s bullshit. They put us in that category. They say they’re making 3D. They’re not 3D. What Pixar does is not 3D because it’s shaded. The screen is flat. It’s a flat picture. It’s just an illusion."

C. Tyler - photo by Justin Tepe, The News Record

Profile: Taylor Dungjen of University of Cincinnati student newspaper The News Record profiles U of C faculty member C. Tyler: "You might say Tyler is a proud American. You might even call her a patriot. She says she is a liberal hippie chick who supports American troops."

Kim Deitch & Bill Kartalopoulos at Desert Island

Scene: Flickr user Essrog posts a photo and brief report from Kim Deitch 's recent appearance at Desert Island in Brooklyn

It Was the War of the Trenches

Roundtable: The Comics Journal presents parts two and three of their roundtable discussion on comics translation featuring our own multilingualist Kim Thompson

Daily OCD: 6/2/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videoTim HensleyreviewsMegan KelsoJim WoodringDaniel ClowesDaily OCD 2 Jun 2010 2:11 PM

Online Commentary & Diversions:

Artichoke Tales [Pre-Order]

Review: "Rather than a narrative arc, with ascensions and declines, Artichoke [Tales] feels like a series of expansions. The characters and their world grow to envelop the reader in a singular, charming way." – Paul Constant, The Stranger

Weathercraft

Review: "Without a single word, Woodring tells an enormous tale of redemption and heartbreak. Weathercraft crackles with the power of myth, and it extends far beyond its pages with a life of its own; one could imagine a postapocalyptic culture forming an entire religion based on this one thin book. You've never read anything quite like Weathercraft, but at the same time it feels eerily familiar, like a dream you had last night." – Paul Constant, The Stranger

Review: "Weathercraft is at once far wilder and more subtle than I could have imagined. The imagery and the surroundings are more hallucinatory, the mixture of cartoon-cute and skittering, undulating grotesquerie more effectively creepy, and the characterizations and themes more layered and nuanced than any version of this book that played out in my head. ... Weathercraft paints small moments of beauty and mystery on a huge canvas of twisted wonder." – Jason Michelitch, Comics Alliance

Wally Gropius

Review: "...[Wally] Gropius is more concerned with verbal jazz and abstract gags, all presented in an innocent-looking approximation of the bright, clean style of ’60s Harvey Comics. ... I liked enough of the gags, and Hensley’s overall confidence in putting them over in such a currently declassé comics art style, that I would recommend it." – Christopher Allen, Comic Book Galaxy

Review: The French edition of Daniel Clowes 's The Death Ray (Eightball #23) was examined on Le Grand Journal on French television network Canal+ last month (YouTube link) — for non-Francophones Kim Thompson summarizes it thusly: "The guy can't stop gushing about the beauty of the drawings, the coloring, the design, the thematic elements of ennui (yes, he actually says 'ennui') and violence 'even against squirrels.'"

It Was the War of the Trenches

Roundtable: Speaking of our own multilingualist Kim Thompson, he participates in The Comics Journal's roundtable discussion on comics translation

Things to see: 6/1/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Tim LaneThings to seeSteven WeissmanMark KalesnikoKevin HuizengaJosh Simmonsjohn kerschbaumJim WoodringJim FloraHans RickheitGabrielle BellDrew FriedmanAndrice Arp 1 Jun 2010 5:49 PM

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

Cartoon Boy - John Kerschbaum

• It's your all-new weekly installment of "Cartoon Boy" from John Kerschbaum

Howard Stern - Drew Friedman

Drew Friedman presents a history of his work about, with and for Howard Stern, including never-before-seen sketches

Lightless - Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring gets dark, literally and figuratively

Post-It - Steven Weissman

• Another Post-It preview from Steven Weissman

Belligerent Piano - Tim Lane

• Meanwhile... it's this week's Belligerent Piano by Tim Lane

Benny Goodman - Jim Flora

• The Jim Flora Art Blog commemorates Benny Goodman's 101st birthday

France diary - Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell commences a new travelogue diary comic

Wanda in Blue - Mark Kalesniko

• "Wanda in Blue" by Mark Kalesniko

Kevin Huizenga

• Another mysterious 4 panels from Kevin Huizenga

The Randy Gander - jam drawing

Josh Simmons & friends launch The Randy Gander, the adults-only counterpart to Quackers

Ectopiary page 26 - Hans Rickheit

Page 26 of Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary

2010 Maisie Kukoc Award trophy - Andrice Arp

Andrice Arp made the cuddliest trophy ever

Jim Woodring Doc. Screens Friday!
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim Woodringevents 1 Jun 2010 12:01 PM

Seattleites, you won't want to miss this: "The Lobster and the Liver," a feature-length documentary about the great Jim Woodring, will play at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival this Friday, June 4th at 7pm at the Central Cinema ( 21st and Union ). I've seen it, and although it will likely embarrass Jim to say so, I thought it was fantastic and one of the best docs about a cartoonist I've ever seen. Watch the trailer here or embedded below.

 

Things to see: 5/25/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeSteve BrodnerRenee FrenchJohnny Ryanjohn kerschbaumJim WoodringJim FloraHans RickheitGabrielle BellDerek Van GiesonBob Fingerman 25 May 2010 5:45 PM

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Frank and the Faithful - Jim Woodring

• From Jim Woodring, a bounty of new Frank sketches (including one with his new female counterpart Fran) here, here and here

unnamables - Johnny Ryan

Johnny Ryan's "unnamables" — UPDATE: Details on the piece (it's for a Lovecraft-themed art show) at Johnny's blog

Gerry's Comix - Bob Fingerman

Bob Fingerman presents comics he did when he was 10 years old, starring Gerald Ford

Charlie Yup and His Snip-Snap Boys - Jim Flora

Jim Flora's endpapers for his 1959 children's book Charlie Yup and His Snip-Snap Boys

Lucky - Gabrielle Bell

Gabrielle Bell's new Lucky strip kind of reminds me of an episode of The IT Crowd I just watched

prune slug - Renee French

• The filename identifies this Renee French piece as "prune slug"

Your Mullah's Calling You - Steve Brodner

Steve Brodner takes on the triple threat of Rand Paul, Helen Ukpabio and Lost

Cartoon Boy - John Kerschbaum

• It's your all-new weekly installment of "Cartoon Boy" from John Kerschbaum

Ectopiary page 25 - Hans Rickheit

Page 25 of Hans Rickheit's Ectopiary

Abstraction House - Derek Van Gieson

• From Derek Van Gieson, more "Abstraction House," another "Devil Doll" teaser, and a preview of an upcoming strip debuting right here on the Fantagraphics website soon

Architecture and Comics exhibit
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Lorenzo MattottiKrazy KatJohnny RyanJoe SaccoJim WoodringGipiGeorge HerrimanChris Ware 25 May 2010 11:26 AM

Coconino County Jail

The Architektur Forum in Linz, Austria recently hosted a fascinating-looking exhibition of "Architecture and Comics" in association with the Next Comic-Festival. The exhibit included reproductions of work by Jim Woodring, Johnny Ryan , Joe Sacco, Gipi, Lorenzo Mattotti, Chris Ware and many others, including this 3D reconstruction of George Herriman's Coconino County Jail from Krazy Kat constructed by exhibit curator Christian Wellmann, who provided this photo. For more photos and information about the exhibit (in German), visit Unkraut Comic Magazin.

Things to see: 5/19/10
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Things to seeJon AdamsJim WoodringFrank SantoroDash Shaw 19 May 2010 3:00 PM

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The Ruined Cast Pocket Reference Guide - Dash Shaw

Dash Shaw made this zine to distribute at the Sundance-organized table-read of the script for his in-development animated feature The Ruined Cast (interior pages at the link)

bridge - Frank Santoro

• I like this Frank Santoro image, whatever it is

treehugger - Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring redefines "treehugger" — yikes!

Truth Serum - Jon Adams

• This week's Truth Serum by Jon Adams