The cover to The Frank Book by Jim Woodring, featuring the title in blue and green against a hypnotic pattern of cartoon eyes in red surrounded by black clubs. In the bottom half of the cover is an illustration of Frank sleeping in a brightly colored, almost psychedelic world of strange creatures and buildings.
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Jim Woodring, Francis Ford Coppola

The Frank Book

On sale date: October 17, 2011

The definitive collection of Jim Woodring's mysterious anthropomorph!

Since 1991, Jim Woodring's lusciously rendered, hypnotic fables have dazzled readers the world over, and the runaway success of the Frank-co-starring graphic novel Weathercraft and the first true Frank graphic novel Congress of the Animals have only whetted readers' appetites for more.

In honor of Frank's 20th anniversary Fantagraphics is re-releasing the massive, long out of print Frank Book omnibus, which collected all the Frank material up to the mid-aughts, including several jaw-droppingly beautiful full-color stories, literally dozens of lushly-delineated black-and-white stories, and a treasure trove of covers and illustrations. The Frank Book also features an introduction by one of Frank's biggest fans (himself a Frank, or almost): Francis Ford Coppola.


"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." — The New York Times Book Review

"Woodring is fantastic... his stuff will outlast all but one in a thousand of his peers. His stuff is a revelation." — Scott McCloud, author of Understanding Comics

"Woodring suggests that each strip is intended to be a mystery but that one concept runs through each one, like a sort of moral. . . this obscurity and strangeness is a large part of what gives the book its charm." — Grovel


Paperback / Softback
Full-color and black and white
8.6" × 11.1"