Jim

Jim 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 years inhabited Woodring s

  • Title: Jim
  • Author: Jim Woodring
  • ISBN: 9781606997529
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Jim

    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 areFrank 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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    1. Jack Tripper

      Unlike a lot of Woodring fans, I got into his work through his auto journal comics collected here, most of which feature Jim himself actually it s his dream alter ego The bw artwork may not be as refined as his Frank cartoons, but the stories here are every bit as fun and tripped out I really enjoy the dream logic of these tales, where Jim would be walking around while the scenery shifts around him such as when he s walking through a neighbor s home and somehow ends up at a strange stage perform [...]

    2. David Schaafsma

      Jim Woodring started having hallucinations at a pretty early age He also kept what he called an auto journal, which was also his dream journal, out of which he started to self publish Jim in the mid eighties He had a drinking problem for several years Maybe drugs, too He followed Hindu philosophy All this is part of the world that he creates and partly creates him Woodring s most famous character is Frank, the main character in a wordless comic that has spun out many books Read The Frank Book an [...]

    3. Nate D

      I feel like this could just be a gush of superlatives, but the crux is that Jim Woodring can capture a wordless, profound strangeness of experience better than almost anyone Even when, as here unlike his parallel progression in Frank, he s using words, and often drawing himself and ostensible real life He s not free of a certain heavy handedness at times when seemingly grappling with large metaphysical and ontological issues that may only be partially accessible even to Wooding himself And yet, [...]

    4. Stewart Tame

      I freely admit that I m incapable of viewing Woodring s work objectively I ve spent too many years following his work and reveling in his particular brand of surrealism to the point where it seems about to bleed over into reality Now there s a sobering thought A long time ago, Fantagraphics began publishing a magazine format comic called Jim For most comics fans, it was our first glimpse into the mind of Jim Woodring This book reprints much possibly all of that early material Some of it previous [...]

    5. Eli Bishop

      I can t really review or describe this book in very useful detail, I m too much of a fan but if you ve read any Jim Woodring comics that are not Frank, you probably know whether you would like a large volume of them I love Frank but I ve always had a special weakness for his other stuff, partly because he s one of a very small number of cartoonists who can make emotionally engaging narratives out of dreams, and partly because he writes sharp and hilarious dialogue I m partial to the longer stori [...]

    6. Kirk Johnson

      i couldn t choose between dying of happiness or soiling my pants when i found this book i ve loved woodring s books for years, and this collection of his earlier work was everything i hoped it would be no one in comics or literature can inhabit the dream space like woodring, or make it so engaging master of the surreal and the absurd two hundred pages of mind bliss.

    7. Larry

      I ve been having my mind blown by Woodring s non textual stories since I picked up The Frank Book years ago I wasn t sure what to expect from this compilation of his early work chock full of words Holy fuck it s amazing and my brain has been reshaped yet again.

    8. Dan

      I do not believe, after reading this, that this hardcover actually collects all of JIM I could be wrong though Weird stuff, man Weird but intriguing.

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