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Jim
by Jim Woodring


Overview - Frank is, as everyone knows, Jim Woodring's best-selling cartoon character. Jim, on the other hand, is Woodring's cartoon alter ego, the fictional doppelganger who has for 30 years inhabited Woodring's alternate universe where shifting, phantasmagoric landscapes, abrupt, hallucinatory visual revelations, and unexpected eruptions of uninhibited verbal self-flagellation are commonplace.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Frank is, as everyone knows, Jim Woodring's best-selling cartoon character. Jim, on the other hand, is Woodring's cartoon alter ego, the fictional doppelganger who has for 30 years inhabited Woodring's alternate universe where shifting, phantasmagoric landscapes, abrupt, hallucinatory visual revelations, and unexpected eruptions of uninhibited verbal self-flagellation are commonplace. Jim is a mind-bending collection of all of Woodring's best non-Frank creative work -- comics stories, prose stories, drawings, and paintings, with a new introduction and afterword by the man himself. Abounding in metaphors if you choose to see them and naked self-disclosure if you don't, this volume of comics, prose, and images -- collected here for the first time -- is a bounty of Woodring's inspired artistry.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781606997529
  • ISBN-10: 1606997521
  • Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
  • Publish Date: September 2014
  • Page Count: 200
  • Dimensions: 12 x 8.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds


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Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-09-22
  • Reviewer: Staff

Those who have recently jumped aboard the Woodring train will likely find this collection of his early work from the ’80s a little disorienting. Large stretches of this comic bear little resemblance to better-known cartoony surrealist works like Frank, in style or subject matter. What’s so delightful and revealing, however, is just how fully realized Woodring’s work appears in these early zines. Sure, it’s a far cry from what the artist would accomplish in masterworks like Weathercraft, but his loosely inked cartoonish grotesques could well pass for the prime work of a lesser cartoonist. Current readers will likely find a thrill in the flashes and glints of Woodring’s mature style that peek through, from anthropomorphic frog kings to floating, disembodied hallucinations, but even on its own terms, the quasi-autobiographical strips are fun and funny more often than not. There’s also pleasure to be derived from inclusion of the ephemeral noncomics content that was once so common in underground single issues, including illustrated short stories, fake ads, and letter pages. For anyone who enjoys Woodring’s work, this collection is well worth buying. (Sept.)

 
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