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Read Justin Green's intro to Jim Woodring's Portable Frank
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under metaJim Woodring 24 Oct 2008 11:39 AM

Frank by Jim Woodring

Thanks to Justin Green for granting us permission to run his introduction to Jim Woodring's The Portable Frank here on our website in its entirety. A great intro to a great book.

Our Own Little Economic Stimulus
Written by Larry Reid | Filed under Steven WeissmanJim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstore 17 Oct 2008 1:57 PM

In these uncertain economic times, there's nothing to lift your spirits like FREE comics, eh? Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery came into possession of a stash of Steven Weissman's LE SKETCH #06 micro mini comic, free for the asking to all store visitors. This delightful 16-panel accordion fold cartoon sketchbook on sturdy cardstock provides a great introduction to this popular Fantagraphics star.

Steven Weissman - Le Sketch No. 06

While you're at the store, check out Weissman's "Affect Horror" print, published by our friends at Payseur & Schmidt and available exclusively at Fantagraphics Bookstore for only $20. This 18" x 24" silkscreen is printed on an ultra-bright white Finch 80lb. cover stock. Limited to 125 signed and numbered copies. Cheap art for the huddled masses!

Steven Weissman - Affect Horror print

"Cosmocopia" Jim Woodring & Paul DiFilippo exhibit & book launch, Fantagraphics Bookstore, 10/11/08

As a bonus, you'll see Jim Woodring's lovely new COSMOCOPIA exhibition, as well as all our amazing new books, including the topical AMERICAN PRESIDENTS by incomparable illustrator David Levine.

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery is located at 1201 S. Vale Street in Seattle's colorful Georgetown arts community, only minutes south of downtown. Open daily 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206.658.0110. See you all soon.

Cosmocopia sights & sounds
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Jim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 12 Oct 2008 8:00 PM

Above, Paul DiFilippo and Jim Woodring pose with their new collaborative book/objet d'art Cosmocopia (from our fine friends at Payseur & Schmidt) at the release party and exhibit opening at our Seattle bookstore on Saturday night. Click here for lots more photos. Below, DiFilippo reads an excerpt from the book (video link):

A couple more photos:

"Cosmocopia" Jim Woodring & Paul DiFilippo exhibit & book launch, Fantagraphics Bookstore, 10/11/08

New desktop/mobile wallpaper downloads
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under wallpapersMomemetaLove and RocketsLos Bros HernandezJohn PhamJim WoodringJasonDaniel Clowes 24 Sep 2008 3:30 PM

We've got a brand-new selection of downloadable wallpapers featuring recent and upcoming Fantagraphics titles. Just click on the size that matches your monitor resolution and the image will open in a new window; if you're on a PC, right-click the image and select "Set As Background"; if you're on a Mac, control+click and select "Set As Desktop Background." (We don't know what the procedure is for iPhones, but if you have one, you probably do, right?) And for our complete selection of wallpapers, click right here!

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Woodring & DiFilippo Present Cosmocopia at Fantagraphics
Written by Eric Reynolds | Filed under Jim WoodringFantagraphics Bookstoreevents 24 Sep 2008 12:57 PM

JIM WOODRING AND PAUL DIFILIPPO PRESENT COSMOCOPIA AT FANTAGRAPHICS BOOKSTORE & GALLERY ON OCTOBER 11, 2008

Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, in association with Payseur & Schmidt, is pleased to host the debut of Cosmocopia by acclaimed author Paul DiFilippo, illustrated by Jim Woodring. This event, on Saturday, October 11 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM, will feature an exhibition of new work by Woodring and a reading from the book by DiFilippo, followed by a book signing. This exquisite hardbound literary work is limited to 500 copies housed in a handsome box and includes a 513-piece jigsaw puzzle by Woodring — an extraordinary collaboration by two of the country’s most creative minds.

Paul DiFilippo, of Providence, Rhode Island, is a prolific author primarily associated with science fiction’s provocative cyberpunk and steampunk sub-genres. His popular short stories have been collected in The Steampunk Trilogy, Fractal Paisleys, Ribofunk, and A Year in the Linear City. His utterly unclassifiable novels include Ciphers, Fuzzy Dice, A Mouthful of Tongues, and Spondulix. Among DiFilippo’s work in comics is Top 10: Beyond the Farthest Precinct, a sequel to the Alan Moore series on DC Comics’ Wildstorm imprint. He has been a finalist for the Hugo, Nebula, BSFA, Philip K. Dick, Wired Magazine, and World Fantasy awards.

Seattle-based cartoonist and fine artist Jim Woodring has cultivated an international following with his visionary rendering style and lurid palette. His award-winning comic book series include Jim and Frank, which have been collected in several volumes by Fantagraphics Books. His recent books include The Portable Frank and Museum of Love & Mystery. Woodring’s art has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world, and he was a recipient of a prestigious United States Artist Fellowship in 2006. His exhibition will include recent paintings, drawings and prints.

Cosmocopia follows fictional fantasy artist Frank Lazorg as he is driven to madness. His failing career is reinvigorated by the discovery of a miraculous drug, which ultimately plunges the artist into an equally disturbing alternate reality. Cosmocopia is published by Seattle-based artisan press Payseur & Schmidt. Specializing in speculative fiction, Payseur & Schmidt is the creation of Jacob McMurray and Therese Littleton. McMurray is senior curator at the Experience Music Project and Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame as well as a graphic designer, publisher, and arts activist in the Northwest. Littleton serves as director of curatorial affairs at the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame and has been a literary arts advocate in our region for many years.

Please join us on Saturday, October 11 for this festive celebration. This event coincides with the colorful Georgetown Second Saturday Art Attack featuring lively visual and performing arts presentations throughout the historic neighborhood. Fantagraphics Bookstore is located at 1201 S. Vale St. (at Airport Way S.), only minutes from downtown Seattle. Phone 206.658.0110. A selection of images in a variety of formats is available for publication. For more information contact Eric Reynolds at Fantagraphics.

LISTING INFORMATION

Fantagraphics Bookstore and Payseur & Schmidt Present
COSMOCOPIA
JIM WOODRING • PAUL DIFILIPPO

Saturday, October 11
Book signing and opening reception 6:00 - 9:00 PM
Paul DiFilippo reading at 7:00 PM

Jim Woodring art exhibition continues through November 5, 2008

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COSMOCOPIA
Written by Jacob Covey | Filed under Jim Woodring 25 Aug 2008 9:19 AM

Jim Woodring fans will want to visit our arthouse friends at Payseur & Schmidt. Available at a preorder discount is a very limited edition puzzle and print that will blow your mind (tiny detail shown here--more at P&S). I'll be surprised if this isn't Ebay fodder in no time.

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Preview video/slideshow: The Portable Frank
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under videopreviewsnew releasesJim Woodring 21 Aug 2008 5:28 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 4:10 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.

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Woodring for sale
Written by Mike Baehr | Filed under Original ArtJim Woodringart 11 Aug 2008 6:50 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 9:26 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.

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