Weathercraft

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May 2010

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“Jim Woodring's Weathercraft creates a fantastic alternative universe.” – Cliff Froehlich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

For over 20 years now, Jim Woodring has delighted, touched, and puzzled readers around the world with his lush, wordless tales of Frank.

Weathercraft is Woodring's first full-length graphic novel set in this world – indeed, Woodring’’s first graphic novel, period! – and it features the same 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” 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 Frank's Faux Pa and the diminutive, mailbox-like Pupshaw and Pushpaw; it is both a fully independent story that is a great introduction to Woodring's world, and a sublime addition to, and extension of, the Frank stories.

• Finalist, 2010
Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Graphic Novels

• Named one of
Publishers Weekly's Best Books of 2010

• Ranked #6 on Douglas Wolk's Best Graphic Novels of 2010 at TIME.com

• A "Notable Comic" in
The Best American Comics 2011

• Named to numerous other "Best of 2010" lists including
Publishers Weekly's Fifth Annual Critics Poll, East Bay Express's Best Books of 2010, KEXP's Most Rocking Comix 2010, Robot 6, comiXology, Comic Book Resources, Drawn, Rob Clough's Top 50 Books of 2010 at High-Low, The Daily Cross Hatch, Politics and Prose, Robot 6's creators survey, and Hypergeek

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•Literary review magazine

“Over the past two decades Woodring has created a dense and distinctive universe, and Weathercraft is perhaps its most rewarding portrayal yet.” – Gordon Flagg

Scott McCloud

•Author of Understanding Comics

“Jim Woodring may be the most important cartoonist of his generation.”

Vice

•Pop culture magazine

“When most people try to employ dream logic in their work they fail miserably but Jim [Woodring] is great at it. The closest thing to a peer he might have is David Lynch but even that’s a stretch. Jim Woodring is the only Jim Woodring and no one has done what he does except for him. ... 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