For those of you who have never run across the artwork of Jim Woodring, you’re missing out on some of the most surreal (and sometimes disturbing) pen and inkwork that I’ve seen. Woodring based a lot of his subject matter on hallucinations he had as a child, and decided to record them on paper.
His most recognizable character is Frank, a good guy who goes on bizarre adventures, often accompanied by Madame Pupshaw (sort of a cat) and Pushpaw (sort of a dog). None of the characters speak.
We’ve posted some of Woodring’s work previously. He did me a nice favor once, so I don’t mind suggesting that you visit his store for unusual gifts for the hard to get folk.
6 thoughts on “Frank Tends The Machine”
C Mon– Woodring’s certainly unique. There are some interviews with him on the Utoobage.
Woodring does great stuff. I remember first running across him in the new edition of the Whole Earth Catalog about a decade ago. Trés psychedelic…
Necro– That’s where I found him. “The Book of Jim” is awesome.
I did a sequel to Alice in Wonderland, starring Casper. I took the angle that Wonderland exists, but, unless you’re a ghost, you have to dream your way there.
He had to deal, at one point, with machines that made no sense, just tore things apart that others built. The usual insane people, etc. I didn’t dwell long with the established characters, but moved soon to new ones. It was,in my opinion, near the peak of my now burned-out writing potential, but already the first touches of burn-out showed…
Emmet– Great nic. Hope you get un-burned out with your writing.