Jim Woodring Weathercraft

ISBN 13: 9781606993408

Weathercraft

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Weathercraft features hypnotically gorgeous linework and mystical iconography. As it happens, Frank has only a brief supporting appearance in Weathercraft, which actually stars Manhog, Woodring's pathetic, brutish everyman (or everyhog), who had previously made several appearances in Frank's stories (as well as a stunning solo turn in the short story “Gentlemanhog”). After enduring 32 pages of almost incomprehensible suffering, Manhog embarks upon a transformative journey and attains enlightenment. He wants to go to celestial realms but instead altruistically returns to the unifactor to undo a wrong he has inadvertently brought about: The transformation of the evil politician Whim into a mind-destroying plant-demon who distorts and enslaves Frank and his friends. The new and metaphysically expanded Manhog sets out for a final battle with Whim... Weathercraft also co-stars Frank's cast of beloved supporting characters, including Faux Pa and the diminutive, mailbox-like Pupshaw and Pushpaw.

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About the Author:

Jim Woodring lives on Vashon Island in Washington State’s Puget Sound with his wife, Mary. The recipient of numerous rewards―including a Genius Award―he is an animator and a fine artist as well as a cartoonist.

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“Over the last few decades, Jim Woodring has been drawing a series of wordless, blissfully cruel slapstick fables, set in a world of grotesque entities and psychedelic minarets: half unshakable nightmare, half Chuck Jones cartoon filtered through the Bhagavad Gita.”
- Douglas Wolk, The New York Times Book Review

“Starred Review. A book that sticks with you like a virus, Woodring's newest collection of tales of vague morality and definite oddity keeps intact his status as one of comics most eccentric auteurs.”
- Publishers Weekly

“There’s a consistent internal logic at work, and [Woodring's] cartoony-but-detailed drawing style, loaded with surreal imagery (think Walt Disney meets Carlos Castaneda) is the ideal vehicle to convey this hauntingly peculiar tale. ... Over the past two decades Woodring has created a dense and distinctive universe, and Weathercraft is perhaps its most rewarding portrayal yet.”
- Booklist

“There’s not much point in trying to sum up the story of this comic. There’s no text, the art is beautiful, and you’re totally consumed by the world he’s created and you exist inside it while you’re reading it.”
- Nick Gazin, Vice

“Part theater of cruelty, part joyous liberating revolution, Jim Woodring's freakishly beautiful Weathercraft is at once the most direct and most elliptical of his Frank comics that I can remember reading.”
- Sean T. Collins, Attentiondeficitdisorderly

“Without a single word, Woodring tells an enormous tale of redemption and heartbreak. Weathercraft crackles with the power of myth, and it extends far beyond its pages with a life of its own... You've never read anything quite like Weathercraft, but at the same time it feels eerily familiar, like a dream you had last night.”
- Paul Constant, The Stranger

Weathercraft paints small moments of beauty and mystery on a huge canvas of twisted wonder.”
- Jason Michelitch, Comics Alliance

“The Frank stories have a meditative, hallucinatory feel... They tap into a universal consciousness of archetypes. But ultimately Frank tells one story, everyone’s story, the same story as life: ‘How Laughably Absurd It All Is.’”
- Time.com

“For those who find the work involving enough, Weathercraft will resonate with them on some emotional level ― there's moments that unnerve, moments that touch ― and while it is an immersive experience, the comic, especially in its hardcover form, operates most like a testimony of events.”
- Tucker Stone, comiXology

“It’s better to experience Woodring’s work than to try and understand it. ...Weathercraft is mainly about how Manhog ― and by extension the reader ― sees how sick, freaky, and beautiful the world can be... [Grade:] A-.”
- The Onion A.V. Club

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