Join us as Seattle cartoonist Jim Woodring, the creator of the internationally cherished generic anthropomorph Frank, will explain to the fullest extent possible the inspiration and significance underlying his 2011 wordless graphic novel Congress of the Animals. Q & A, signing and urgent whispered conversations to follow.
Jim Woodring is an American cartoonist and artist known for his enigmatic subject matter and ingratiating drawing styles. His first regularly published work was the illustrated autojournal JIM, which chronicled his waking and sleeping experiences in text, illustration and comics. His best-known character Frank was created in 1992 out of a desire to tell timeless, placeless metaphysical fables with the cartoonist's traditional tools and visual vocabulary. Subsequently Frank's trials and triumphs have been documented in over 600 pages of comics published under such titles as The Frank Book, The Lute String, The Portable Frank, Weathercraft.
Seattle cartoonist Jim Woodring's wordless graphic novel, Congress of the Animals, is the latest installment in the ongoing saga of madcap ponderables and brow-knitting whimsy which characterize his celebrated Frank stories. His previous book in this series, Weathercraft , won The Stranger's 2010 Genius Award for literature and is a finalist for this year's Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Frank collections have been published in Japan, France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Holland, and Norway.