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Category >> Jim Woodring

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 4:24 PM

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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 7:17 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 4:39 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 5:06 PM

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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 1:06 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.

Weathercraft FCBD sneak peek
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 30 Apr 2010 2:20 PM

Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales by Jim Woodring (Free Comic Book Day 2010) - front

It's not as though you need any additional convincing to pick up our 2010 Free Comic Book Day offering Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales by Jim Woodring at your participating comic shop tomorrow (right?), but here are a few glimpses of the finished product to whet your appetite. (Click here if the embedded slideshow player below isn't displaying, or to view it larger in a new window.)

Don't forget, Northwesterners and visitors to Seattle can get their copy direct from the hands of Jim himself at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery tomorrow from 12-1 PM! At the store we'll also have copies of Drawn & Quarterly's FCBD 2010 offering YOW!, and likewise for Montrealers Librairie D&Q will have copies of Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales.

Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales by Jim Woodring (Free Comic Book Day 2010) - detail

Kim Deitch & Jim Woodring coming (separately) to Desert Island
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Kim DeitchJim Woodringevents 30 Apr 2010 12:32 PM

Kim Deitch print process

Mark your calendars! Desert Island in Brooklyn welcomes Kim Deitch for a signing and celebration of his new collection of The Search for Smilin' Ed! on Friday, May 14, 2010. Then, on Saturday, June 19, Jim Woodring will be in the house to meet fans and sign his new graphic novel Weathercraft. As usual with Desert Island, exclusive silkscreen show prints will be available at the events — that's a process picture of one of the screens for Kim's print above, and you can see the others on the Desert Island blog. We'll let you know more details as they become available, but in the meantime you can RSVP on Facebook for Kim here and for Jim here.

Jim Woodring at Oslo Comics Expo 2010
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim WoodringJasonfashioneventsawards 28 Apr 2010 9:22 PM

Oslo Comics Expo shirt design - Jim Woodring

Jim Woodring will be a special guest at the Oslo Comics Expo, May 28-29, 2010 (info in English). Jim requests the pleasure of your company on his blog and reveals OH MY GOD IS THAT A T-SHIRT DESIGN I WANT IT.

Ahem. Jim's Weathercraft and Jason's Low Moon are nominated for 2010 Sproing Awards (Best Translated Comic and Best Norwegian Comic, respectively), which are awarded at the festival. Congratulations to both!

May Day Comic Book Giveaway
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under new releasesJim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 22 Apr 2010 8:48 AM

Weathercraft and Other Unusual Tales - Jim Woodring

Saturday, May 1 marks the 9th installment of Free Comic Book Day. This annual promotion is intended to expose new readers to the medium and acknowledge loyal patrons with a free comic book produced especially for the occasion. Over 30 books in a variety of genres were produced for Free Comic Book Day this year.  

Fantagraphics Books’ contribution to Free Comic Book Day is a delightful comic by Jim Woodring sure to appeal to readers of all ages. WEATHERCRAFT and Other Unusual Stories showcases Woodring’s visionary approach to cartooning. Included is an excerpt from Jim’s forthcoming full-length WEATHERCRAFT graphic novel, a Woodring character guide, artworks rendered in his singular style, and other features. Yours for the asking at your local participating comic book retailer.  

Jim Woodring himself will appear at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery in Seattle on Free Comic Book Day from noon to 1:00 PM to pass out complimentary copies. We’ll also have a supply of Drawn & Quarterly’s free comic book YOW! featuring John Stanley stories from Nancy, Melvin Monster and 13 Going on 18. You’ll have one last chance to view the stunning exhibition of original art by Gilbert Hernandez and peruse a bevy of beautiful new books from the world’s greatest cartoonists. See you then. 

YOW!

Weathercraft by Jim Woodring - Previews, Pre-Order
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJim Woodring 19 Apr 2010 7:00 AM

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

Ships in: May 2010 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now

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).

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