OR – Poochytown Signing

Cartoonist Jim Woodring is coming to Floating World Comics on Saturday, July 28th at 5:00 PM to celebrate the release of his latest graphic novel – Poochytown.

Jim Woodring’s beloved anthropomorph called Frank has been subjected to hundreds of unbelievable adventures veering crazily from exaltation to despair. The delicious mysteries of Frank’s universe — aka The Unifactor — have beguiled Frank and his readers for years, yet nothing could prepare either him or the world at large for the transdimensional depredations of Poochytown, the latest and greatest installment in the ongoing saga that began with Congress of the Animals, began again in Fran, and now begins anew.

When Pupshaw and Pushpaw depart for the orgiastic delights of Poochytown, the forlorn Frank is thrown by a twist of fate into an unlikely friendship, propelling him down a long road of escapades and trials that ends in one of the most shocking acts ever depicted in the Frank canon. Poochytown takes readers to the distant crumbling edge of the Unifactor, where the landscape’s mind is either unfettered or unhinged, depending on your particular taste for mischief. What occurs there beggars description, so we will not even attempt it, but rest assured it is a dark-ride-of-the-soul as only the Frank stories can deliver.

Utterly devoid of topicality, irony, or deliberate cynicism, the Frank stories are instead timeless cartoon sustenance, and Poochytown is the most opulently openhanded offering yet. This is a major new book from one of Fantagraphics’s most beloved authors.

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Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-0227

Fantagraphics Presents Hot Off the Press Book Fair

Press Release:

Fantagraphics Bookstore hosts the 4th annual HOT OFF THE PRESS BOOK FAIR on Saturday, July 14th from 5:00 – 9:00 PM with special guests Jim Woodring and Berlin cartoonist Lilli Loge. Small press publishers include Czap Books, Paper Press Punch, Kilgore Books, FU Press, Short Run Micropress, Fogland Studios, Cold Cube and others with appearances by local artists Simon Hanselmann, DW, Marc Palm, Tom Van Deusen, Max Clotfelter, Sarah Romano Diehl, Kelly Froh, Alex Graham, Brandon Lehmann, Laura Knetzger, Hella Handa, and many more.

Jim Woodring’s latest book Poochytown will debut at the fair. Loge will debut her new Tijuana Bible “The Muse,” a feminist reflection on the idea of the muse. Fogland Studios will publish a limited Woodring silkscreen print for the occasion, and the two artists will collaborate on a site-specific installation (which remains, on view through September 5.)

The event will feature live music by composer Bill Brovold of Rochester, NY. Brovold performed with pioneering experimental musician Rhys Chatham and fronted Detroit-based avant garde group Larval. Lilli Loge will also play a music set. Complimentary food and beverages will be served. Don’t miss this festive event, which coincides with the colorful Georgetown Art Attack.

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 658-0110

WA – History of Fantagraphics Discussion

Founder Gary Groth, longtime Fantagraphics cartoonist Jim Woodring, and recent contributor and breakout success Emil Ferris appear on Friday, November 3rd at 8:00 PM to discuss the past and present of Seattle’s own Fantagraphics Books. This panel is a part of the International Comics Art Forum 2017. The talk will be moderated by Comics Studies Society founding president Charles Hatfield.

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The Georgetown Stables
980 S Nebraska St, Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 763-5026

OR – Frank in the 3rd Dimension Release Party

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000000-woodringCartoonist Jim Woodring appears at Floating World Comics for the Frank in the 3rd Dimension release party and exhibit on Thursday March 3, 2015 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM!

Press Release:

This is your chance to see Frank as you’ve never seen him before.

Not the stark black-and-white Frank. Not even the glorious fully-painted Frank. No, this is Frank in the third dimension: about as real as you can get him outside of an Ionescoian theatrical performance (which could be next — watch your local theatre listings). Frank and Frank’s world are already hallucinatory, but seeing him in the most technologically advanced and artistically crafted 3-D ever produced is an experience that has to be savored to be believed. This is not your dad’s 3-D comic where you don red and blue-lensed glasses and the drawing looks like a few layers of cardboard cut-outs. Uh-uh. The 3-D process for Frank in the 3rd Dimension involves creating more than 150 layers per drawing in order to round and “sculpt” each image into full, volumetric 3-D. The results are mind-staggering. Frank in the 3rd Dimension is a series of Jim Woodring’s loveliest pictures — 32 anecdotal visual vignettes, dioramas, moments pickled in time (and now “space”) to be mused and mulled over.

Jim Woodring will be here to sign his new book and we will display 3D prints as well as projected images from the book that can be viewed with 3D glasses for a one of a kind immersive experience.

Jim Woodring’s cartoons chart a course through some of the most surreal imagery ever seen in any artistic medium, drawing visions from the realms of the subconscious to create a graphic world of dreams. But while his work may speak in the language of dreams, Woodring’s life has often led him into nightmare territory.

As a child, Woodring was plagued by both schoolmates and by waking nightmares accompanied by “voices” — a condition which would haunt him through childhood and much of his adult life. After enduring drug and alcohol abuse and homelessness, he worked as an animator for several major studios. At the same time, Woodring worked on his own cartoon visions, self-publishing them in minicomic format.

In the mid-’80s, Woodring was introduced to publisher Gary Groth by mutual friend Gil Kane (who worked with Woodring at Ruby-Spears), and Groth agreed to publish Woodring’s work. In 1987, Woodring quit animation and moved with his wife Mary and son Max to Seattle, where they live to this day. In addition to his critically acclaimed comics and books, Woodring also works in canvas painting and 3-dimensional objects, many of which have been featured in gallery exhibitions from Seattle to New York.

Jim’s work has taken him around the world, from Australia to Alaska to Oslo, and has garnered him numerous awards, including an Artist Trust Gap Award in 2003; a United States Artist Fellowship (with Bill Frisell) in 2006; a 2008 Artist Trust Fellowship; an Inkpot Award at the 2008 Comic-Con International in San Diego; a Rasmuson Foundation and Artist Trust one month residency in Homer, Alaska in 2010; and most recently, The Stranger named Jim their 2010 Literature Genius.

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Floating World Comics
400 NW Couch Street, Portland, OR 97209
(503) 241-0227

WA – Frank in the 3rd Dimension Launch Party

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Jim Woodring and Charles Barnard appears at the Fantagraphics Bookstore on Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM to celebrate the release of Frank in the 3rd Dimension with a launch party and book signing!

About Frank in the 3rd Dimension:
A glorious and far out triumph of Jim Woodrings mind-bending drawings from the Unifactor like you’ve never seen before: in 3D! Every book comes equipped with your own special glasses that transport you through time and space. Warning, after travelling through dimensions, you may never be the same again.

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery 
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA 98108
(206) 658-0110

WA – Problematic Signing

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Jim Woodring signs at the Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery on Saturday, January 12th from 6-9pm!

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Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery
1201 S. Vale Street (at Airport Way S.), Seattle, WA 98108

DC – Congress of the Animals Signing

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Jim Woodring signs on Friday Sept 9, 2011 from 7:00 – 8:00 pm.

For his second graphic novel, the artist of Weathercraft gives Frank, his long-time short-story protagonist, a more expansive arena, chronicling what ensues when Frank leaves The Unifactor. Escaping by way of an amusement park ride, Frank encounters things he’d never imagined.

Politics & Prose
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

 

WA – Congress of the Animals Signing

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JIM WOODRING signs on June 30, 2011 at 7:00 pm.
 
Co-presented with FANTAGRAPHICS. The wordless adventures of Frank, an inhabitant of the surreal and unpredictable world called the Unifactor, began (at least in print) in 1990, and have continued through an extraordinary series of comics and collected stories. These now appear in the much-anticipated, first full-length Frank graphic novel, Congress of the Animals (Fantagraphics). In Congress of the Animals, Frank leaves the Unifactor and heads into even harder times than before—if that can be imagined. (It is, and brilliantly.) Previous Frank collections include The Frank Book and Portable Frank. The person behind all of this, Seattle artist and graphic novelist Jim Woodring is a master, recipient of a 2010 Stranger Genius Award, and more. It’s a pleasure to finally have him here at Elliott Bay.

Elliot Bay Book Company
1521 Tenth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98122

Mister Wonderful Signing Tour

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Dan Clowes is on tour promoting his new graphic novel Mister Wonderful:

Tuesday, April 19— 7:30 pm – Bookshop Santa Cruz, 1520 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz,CA

Thursday, April 21—7:00 pm – Diesel Bookstore, 5433 College Ave, Oakland, CA

Saturday, April 30—Los Angeles, CA 11:30 am – Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, USC Campus. Signing at Skylight Books booth. 1:30 pm – Panel Discussion with Jim Woodring and others, followed by book signing.

Discussion with Ben Katchor and Chip Kidd, followed by book signing on Tuesday, May 3—Philadelphia, PA 7:30 pm – Philadelphia Free Library.

Wednesday, May 4—6:00 pm – Brookline Booksmith at the Coolidge Theatre, 290 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA

In discussion with Chip Kidd Thursday, May 5—7:00 pm – Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, New York, 10003, NY.

Wednesday, May 11—7:00 pm – City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Avenue at Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133

Monday, May 16—7:30 pm – Powell’s Books, 40 Northwest 10th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209

WA – Nibbus Maximus Unveiled

 

The debut performance of Jim Woodring’s Giant Pen takes place on Sunday, January 9 from 1pm to 4pm at the Gage Academy of Art’s Skinner Auditorium (1501 Tenth Avenue East, Seattle, WA 98102)

Seattle cartoonist Jim Woodring has built a 7-foot-long pen-and-penholder, a giant version of the steel dip pen nib and wooden handle used by artists and calligraphers. The pen will make its debut in the Skinner Auditorium of Gage Academy of Art on Sunday, January 9, from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.

The nib is 16 inches long and made of brass-plated, hand-engraved cold-rolled steel. The handle is lathe-turned poplar, painted with black lacquer. The ink is a specially formulated acrylic blend. A vase functions as an inkwell.

When this project was announced earlier this year it was met with heavy skepticism. Many felt a pen this size could not function because of the relationship between scale and fluid dynamics. Woodring was convinced it could be done, and the nib has performed well in tests with prototypes. This will be the first public demonstration of the finished product.

Woodring will be making large ink drawings (up to 4 x 6 feet) on a specially built drawing board and conversing with the audience as he works. Regulation pen-and-ink supplies will be on hand for interested audience members to use; instruction will be provided for beginners by members of Seattle’s Friends of the Nib.

The Giant Pen was built with finds raised through United States Artists Special Projects, 2010. Free art supplies provided by Blick Art Materials on Capitol Hill, Fantagraphics will provide door prizes and refreshments are courtesy of Gage Academy of Art. Special thanks also to St. Mark’s Cathedral.

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