Jim Hardcover – 10 Sep 2014
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'The artist is an undisputed master of graphic narrative and an affirmed innovator always making new art to challenge us and himself. He makes us love it and leaves us hungry for more and these early offerings provide the perfect starter course for a full bodied feast of fantasy…' --- Comics Review
About the Author
Jim Woodring lives in Seattle, WA, where he was recently won the Stranger Genius Award for literature for his graphic novel, Weathercraft. It was the first wordless novel to receive the award.
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What Jim is best known for is "Frank", his animal character that has been his go-to protagonist in much of his work, including a series of graphic novels (Weathercraft: A Frank Comic, Congress of the Animals, Fran) he has been recently working on. However, he has a wealth of material that does not star Frank which seems to get short shrift when compared to his cat-like character. These stories appeared in his self-published mini comics and both incarnations of "Jim". Best described as dream comics, they star Woodring himself in many bizarre settings and situations. Many of these stories were collected in the early 90s as The Book of Jim, but unfortunately, this book has fallen out of print. All of Woodring's "Frank" work has been reprinted in handsome hardback books, why not the "Jim" stuff?
Lo and behold, Fantagraphics has come to the rescue with this tome... an abundance of non-Frank stuff from both incarnations of "Jim"!! The entire first issue of Woodring's first mini comic is represented, along with most of the "Book of Jim" material. Also included are the non-Frank stories from "Jim, v2". This book is a perfect companion to The Frank Book, which reprints all the Frank material from "Jim" and elsewhere.
Although Woodring is mostly noted for his "Frank" stories, I have always been partial to the stuff in this book... there are a bunch of classic stories like "Invisible Hinge", "What the Left Hand Did" and "Quarry Story"... these underrated gems are every bit as good as the "Frank" stories!! There is also text stories, illustrations and the covers of the original magazines... a really nice package!! If you like the "Frank" stories but haven't read Woodring's other stuff, this is the book for you!