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The cover to Problematic: Sketchbook drawings 2004-2012 by Jim Woodring, with the author's name and subtitle in white on a black background. The title is part of a shield design split into three diagonal sections. The first has a green background and a creature with a curled snout, many teeth, and curling tongue all in yellow. The center section is red and contains the title in black white a white shadow. The third section features a city appearing to come out of the mouth of a creature.
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Jim Woodring

Problematic: Sketchbook Drawings 2004-2012

On sale date: January 18, 2013

This is a collection of the cartoonist's Moleskine sketchbooks.

If you are one of the fortunate thousands who enjoy untangling the enigmatic images that fill Jim Woodring's comics and drawings, Problematic is just the book for you to put under your pillow and dream on. Woodring is a devotee of the pocket-sized Moleskine sketchbook and has filled at least one per month since 2004. Quick concept sketches, figure studies, self-challenges, finished drawings, revenge portraits and caricatures, scene tryouts... everything goes into these idea batteries. Problematic provides the adventurous viewer with a bounty of unfiltered, hand-captured glimpses of life by an artist that Publishers Weekly called, "a modern master of hallucinatory cartoon fables." Lots of this material re-emerges in the form of pictures and storylines, but much of it is just too baffling to be harnessed for any practical use. Of course, these untamable notions are the best and most interesting ones; and there are plenty of them here in the 300-page brick of Problematic. Problematic is a rollicking amalgam of reportage (i.e. the man who blew his arm off), speculative anatomy, fancy women, make-a-face games, picture-puzzles, gags, riffs and burlesques. Catalog and exhibition simultaneously, Problematic is your best bet for a brief, energizing stroll in a distinctively enjoyable neighborhood.

Specs

Pages
364
Format
Hardback
Color
Black and white
Dimensions
5.3" × 8"
ISBN-13
9781606995945
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