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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 onlyFor 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.Weathercraft will be a defining graphic novel of 2010....

Title : Weathercraft
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ISBN : 9781606993408
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 104 Pages
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Weathercraft Reviews

  • Forrest
    2019-01-14 02:51

    There's really no halfway about it. You are either going to love this or hate it. In some alternate universe, Albrecht Durer and Robert Crumb dropped bad acid and had a love child. Jim Woodring is his name, and he has brought his observations from beyond the veils of our reality. They are not for the faint of heart or for those who are looking for robust plotting. All the characters are despicable in one way or another, and even Manhog's attempts at do-goodery are vain debacles that result in the same meaninglessness that existed before his failed attempts at charity. Like a sort of reverse-Fisher-King, Manhog's self-sacrifices come full circle as hell, rather than redemption, are reborn from his faux-repentance. This is an irreverent, surreal, utterly meaningless work that is striking in it's bizarre beauty and shocking amorality. You say you don't care? Neither does Woodring. But he doesn't care with panache!

  • Mariel
    2018-12-30 05:37

    I missed Frank. The idle idyllic life. Picnic baskets and the knowing smile of sidekicks slash pets slash defenders come heart is true Pupshaw and Pushpaw. They look like the best thing since slice bread and a toaster I've ever seen and I missed them.Oh yeah, I remember now that I had an aching fascination with Manhog. I remember reading a descriptor once, flipping ages ago, that he was meant to be the nemesis of Mr. Good Time Seeker. No, no, no. That can't be right. I know the back to the wall on the worst moments. Manhog twists my bleeding heart straight out of the temple of doom. It is some dream picture that would sound boring if I tried to relate to it anyone the morning after. Why would I care about that? It's just your dumb dream. He crawls on all floors. He had his tail between his legs before you could think to raise your voice at him for something he would probably have done anyway, even if he hadn't done it. If I thought I wasn't meant to love him I'd surely love him all the more. And I really missed Jim Woodring. I'm not supposed to do anything, I don't think, than get the worst of my staring problem and heaviest gut feelings.... If anything I get the creepy feeling you get about yourself when you find that you're boring everyone else with your stupid dreams and you never shut up, no matter how much you wish you would. In a land not far away from them.If there are out of this world soul monsters to id and ego and spy and tear your shoulder angels to bits and spit them out they must look like these crowned mystical power devouring creatures. Pointy ends stick it to toadies, enslaving them to new lifeforms.Fucking Whim. He looks like the devil on the moon. He was torturing the shit out of some poor bastard before the winner of the poor bastard pageant Universe, Manhog, blindly sniffs his way into the hole. Man, no matter how bad things get for Manhog (and this is after torture devices, wall busters and tail tied to another victim) it is the wailing look of surprise on his face that never fails to kill me. It isn't until he's crying and lost to himself that I realize that he is like that even when he's digging through an empty can on the ground for some dinner. Hopeless resignation is set to blind panic and he's just too dumb to know it. He is helpless to help himself. The poor bastard. Frank is enjoying ice cream and cake outside of his prison cell. I don't know, there was something perfect about the way he gives him his spoon. If I were Frank I don't know that I would want to be less Frank-like (blissfully oblivious) and awake to the degradation.Manhog fights his way off the scrap heap of life. Pitiful, still crawling on his own shoulder. Look ma no hands not happening. The buzzing whine of wings not happening. No flight but fight. Weathercraft pits the mother nature doesn't nurture shit of everything as this pig's cess pit. Please don't laugh at me that I got really happy when he finally stands up. I don't know what the enlightenment is all about. Probably uncomfortably close to the strange twisting I feel in my own limbs by staring at cartoon drawings of make believe characters from other times and spaces. Pretending I'm not going to feel tired and stupid and useless at work all day with stupid bitches again. I can empathize easier with Manhog as selfish stupid person-like. He gets an idea about bathing. But that's not the best part. The robe he finds to wear and walking tall. That's not the best part. He listens to music with these toad-likes or frog-likes (does it matter? They are awesome. They are percussionists). Even Manhog got a little peace once in his life. There's too much good stuff going on in Woodring's pictures. Did I tell you about the time Manhog sees a farmer with a true to life porcine specimen? The conversation he must have had with himself. Points on his finger tips and walking this way or that way. He can't stay out of trouble. I know how he feels.If I didn't mention the Jerry Chickens I'm a cold-hearted bastard. I don't know how he falls back down again at the forked tail of the slithery spawn Whim but once Manhog looked so damned happy reading with Frank. Frank still looks happy. I don't know, but I wanted Manhog to be happier more. If he faced up to his eating inner panic it felt sweeter. Because I know mine is there, or because I'm jealous of Frank, a little, and don't want to be. I get the bad feeling my shoulder angels aren't paying attention when I go for the next thing, don't know what I need. It's all spinning innards and face falling. Except when Manhog felt something for those Jerry Chickens. Damn the Jerry Chicken behind the curtain (don't panic). He looked and he cried. It felt insides feeling better than what it looked like. I loved best about these comics the watching and feeling that. If Pupshaw and Slipshaw look happy I feel an indescribable pulling on my hand. Not unlike the sweetest thing you ever saw. But probably better because I want so much to be them. And when it's hell it's like at least you're watching and you wouldn't be leaving them alone, if you were in their ears, the rising panic. Because I sure as hell don't know what is going on about anything, or what to do about anything.

  • Nate D
    2018-12-26 05:50

    You basically know what you'll be getting here if you've read any of Jim Woodring's prior Frank comics: internally-logical-yet-halucinatory silent-cartoon psychedelia, dense with symbols and portents, immaculately rendered. What sets Woodring's work apart from a lot of similarly crazy material is its clarity, both of line and storytelling. Maybe we don't know why these things happen, but we can almost always easily discern what happens, which is so important in such a subjective vision. Anyway, where prior Frank stories were mostly shorter one-offs, this book is the first of a projected series of four long-form books (I think encompassing a single narrative, even). Here, the focus is on eternal id Manhog, who actually is allowed an epiphany for once. In longer story form, a little of the aforementioned clarity is expended in cryptic plotting which would be more digestible in shorter bursts, which a couple somewhat clumsier-than-usual expository digressions fail to alleviate, but this totally works nonetheless. If anything, it's a good excuse to re-read (always a pleasure) and pull more out of it on the second pass.

  • Sam Quixote
    2019-01-22 10:02

    This is a really difficult book to try to describe to someone - on the surface the story is illustrated in traditional panels in a kind of Crumb-esque style and features no words, it's all pictures. But then you come to describe the pictures and falter. A Manhog - a human-like person who nonetheless has pig-like features. A cartoonish cat called Frank and his faithful box-like pets (dogs?). Two cackling hags who are probably witches but look like dragons and other things. A bad guy called Whim whose head is shaped like a crescent moon and is constantly smiling in a sinister rictus and experiments on odd looking animals. And that's just a handful of the inhabitants. This is my first Jim Woodring so his 20 year long career writing and drawing "Frank" is unknown to me but I enjoyed this book nonetheless. As we watch Manhog bumble around this surreal landscape getting into strange situations and escaping them, you feel like this is a hugely symbolic dream. The kind of story which, if had been produced in medieval times, would almost certainly have a number of conspiracy theories surrounding it as to what it meant and who authored it - a mad monk in league with dark forces? What does this scene mean? And this? Is there another world lurking beneath ours? Instead it's a creation of Jim Woodring's Unifactor world but you nevertheless feel there are layers here with hidden messages in the odd symbols. Or it could all be a completely mad vision/dream of Woodring's. Whatever your interpretation of this well produced comic book, you'll definitely remember it long after you put it down. It's a compelling, mysterious, very strange and wonderful comic book about a weird place and fascinating creatures. If you're a comics adventurer, take a trip to Weathercraft and explore. It's a memorable place.

  • Jeff
    2019-01-01 09:38

    It's been a few years since Jim Woodring has delivered any substantial new content in his Unifactor oeuvre, known best for the anthropomorphic anti-hero Frank. But to my mind, the pig-human hybrid known as Manhog has always been the most intriguing character in this universe, and with Weathercraft, Woodring finally moves Manhog to center stage. Like so much of Woodring's previous work, Weathercraft is initially baffling and inscrutable, but visually splendid and narratively sophisticated (which is not the same thing as being easily comprehensible). After a first reading, I can't say for sure what Weathercraft is really all about, but that doesn't stop me from appreciating it as a tour de force of comics art. When Jim Woodring is working at the top of his game, he's one of the most important creators in the world of comics today, and with Weathercraft, he is very definitely working at the top of his game.

  • Ian Hrabe
    2019-01-09 09:38

    I don't know what an acid trip is like, but if I DID ever go on an acid trip (which, given my acute paranoia, would never, ever happen) I would hope it would resemble Jim Woodring comics. Or I wouldn't. Weathercraft was kind of horrifying, but in a wonderful way. Manhog is one of the most disgusting characters I've ever seen, but SOMEHOW Woodring makes him kind of endearing. Then again, any time Pupshaw is in a panel I squeal with glee and go "Look Jenny! He's angry! IT IS SO CUTE" or "Look Jenny! He's sad! IT IS SO CUTE!" or "Look Jenny! He's eating this dude! IT IS SO CUTE!" I'm still not quite sure EXACTLY what happens in this book, but it was a trip. And, to extend that double meaning a little further, a trip I'll need to be taking again because seriously, what the fuck was up with the demons and maybe something about the fabric of reality I don't even know.

  • Eisnein
    2019-01-09 10:50

    Welcome To The UnifactorSince the early nineties Jim Woodring has been keeping a record of the daily life of Frank, a 'generalized anthropomorph', his cartoonish physiognymy a hybrid: a cat, a chipmunk, and an otter, could, perhaps, be found playing in his genepool. His tubular limbs and three fingered hands, always hidden by familiar white gloves, betray the part of his genealogy contributed by Disney and Winsor McCay and countless other Master Cartoonists. Frank and his world, The Unifactor, are essentially psychic real estate located in the dreaming mind of Woodring. The silent misadventures of Frank, his loyal pet godling Pupshaw, the repulsive and unpredictable Manhog, and diabolical slaver Whim, operate under rules of logic and causality that are understood only vaguely at first. It's as if we are slowly recollecting a childhood trip to a circus or local fair. Woodring is forcing the reader to approach his gorgeously rendered world, shifting from painted candy-colored palaces to forests of undulating black and white tones, as if we were dreaming it, not reading it. There are very few artists who understand the culture of the sleeping world like Woodring; David Lynch comes close, at times. Fellow cartoonists Charles Burns and Daniel Clowes are his stiffest competition. The comics page is better suited to relating dreams and nightmares than any other medium, including film. 'Weathercraft' was the first book-length Frank tale, but like all Frank stories, it can be read without any previous exposure. The black and white artwork is beautiful, and the story is a dense, baffling adventure that is just as great the second time around. Woodring followed 'Weathercraft' with 'Congress of the Animals', which is just as highly recommended; both volumes share a matching format and design scheme that is gorgeous. 'The Frank Book' remains the Woodring essential, however, a 350+ page oversized hardcover that includes the first decade or more of Frank stories, many of which are executed in the fully-painted glory for which he is famous... or should be famous. Whether working with ink, paint, charcoal or prose, Jim Woodring is one of the world's greatest living artists.

  • Joe Young
    2019-01-24 03:45

    Jim Woodring - Author4/5 starsWeathercraft is a story told entirely in wordless pictures that follows the adventures of the odious Manhog in the fantastically surreal titular land. Manhog is a disgusting pig-man hybrid, intent only on satisfying his base desires. During his hedonistic quest Manhog is captured and experimented upon by the evil Whim, a stick-thin, mask-faced demon. In enduring the malevolent punishments Manhog achieves spiritual enlightenment, but his newfound peace is short-lived as he must undertake a desperate quest to save the life of his one-time nemesis Frank and thwart the ascention of the evil Whim.The story is even stranger than the synopsis makes it out to be, and is entirely wordless. The art of Jim Woodring is a surreal, multi-layered fever dream with its own internal logic. Highly recommended.

  • P.
    2019-01-02 06:46

    There's nothing that gets me as jazzed as a good wordless graphic novel. What else could demonstrate the essence of narrative through pictures? Getting closer to getting straight to the signified instead of dealing with the linguistic signifier. See? I like it so much it makes me silly and prone to pretension.I was looking at Fantagraphics' catalog and saw its listing for this title. Woodring's world, made with woodcut-style black and white lines (including some of the best clouds I've seen lately), is both overtly and covertly subversive. A lot of the main characters are happily id-driven, and there's an abundance of curvy patterns, weird creatures, and weird creatures made of curvy, fractal patterns. It gave me a constant horrified delight. I must read more.

  • Peter Derk
    2018-12-30 05:58

    I guess most people who read a Jim Woodring book know what they're getting into.I'd read a couple of his short comics before, but picked up this one based on a recommendation.To me, it was really trippy, which is to say that, like tripping, it made me feel a sort of uncomfortable boredom that lasted longer than I'd like.Imagine: A pig man unzips a zipper on a tree and pokes his head in to see a plant boy lobotomizing an old radio.This is the kind of thing you'll get. If there was a theme, I'd say it was a guy poking his head into something and seeing a weird scene, which he would then become involved in, usually to his detriment. If you're into finishing a book and saying, What the hell just happened? then you might get into this one.

  • Andrew
    2019-01-15 03:55

    YES! More "Frank!" Unlike previous "Frank" collections, "Weathercraft" tells one long, circular story. Frank himself is more of a supporting character this time, as disgusting villain/pitiable victim Man-Hog experiences an increasingly abstract series of ups, downs, upheavals, and epiphanies. This is not the place I would recommend for a Frank newbie to start, but established fans will find a lot to love here. The FAQ on the back flap is a helpful guide as well. All in all, it's a quick read, but if you're anything like me, you'll want to go through it two or three times in a row. Have fun.

  • Jeff Jackson
    2019-01-19 08:03

    Another great Frank tale. The perfidious Man-Hog becomes enlightened. The internal logic becomes clearer on a second reading. Start with "The Frank Book" before tackling this one. 4.5 stars

  • Garrett Zecker
    2019-01-23 05:55

    Jim Woodring’s Weathercraft is a bizarre, psychedelic rip in the fabric of the reality of the Unifactor that pits Manhog against the seeming frustration of gaining one’s own comforts in the face of the bizarre and factional creations of Betty, Veronica, and Whim’s messing with the fate of all of the characters. This leads to a series bizarre enslavements, including that of Manhog, Frank, and a variety of other small characters who Manhog attempts to free regardless of the trouble it brings.This was my first foray into the Unifactor, and from what I understand I chose somewhat of a high-concept book to start with as I have read this is one of the more difficult to process pieces. I loved it. It is wavy, the art is engaging and borders many different styles from the psychedelic to the cartoonish to the college dorm poster to currency illustration. It is as witty as it is terrifying, and what is most strange is how our own reality’s bizarre nature and reality is so beautifully rendered and reflected in the frames that at times border on the completely incomprehensible.A gorgeous book in illustration, and Fantagraphic’s binding and presentation definitely add to the overall effect the book had on me. I really enjoyed it, and I look forward to many more experiences with the Uniform as I continue through the printed collections.

  • Alex
    2019-01-13 07:49

    The first "novel" in the Frank series. The central character this time, however, isn't the purple gormless chuckbuster as usual, but instead his repulsive foil Manhog who, upon the arrival of two bird-legged witches who can manipulate the weather among other things, is forced to endure a gauntlet of torment and physical pain before he can begin a personal transformation which rectifies the divided parts of his personality, allows him to transcend his previous iniquity & gain an almost quantum-like power to manipulate space and time. This story is dense with (sometimes oblique, but usually comprehensible) symbolism and seems to reflect some of Woodring's own life experiences (not least of which is the reference to Salvia Divinorum). The artwork is also great, having improved even since the last Frank comic before this, and the book itself is beautiful - the paper & printing, the elegant backing, the witty back-cover copy, every aspect of it is carefully thought out. And there's not a word of dialogue in it, still! (though you can find a sanskrit "om" hidden on each page)It has to be read to be believed, but it's fantastic. I think you can still find a video of Jim giving a "reading" (explication, really) of this book online, which is worth watching.

  • Hamish
    2019-01-09 07:00

    I don't know if there's a lot I could say about this that would really do it any kind of justice. While reading Weathercraft I had a flash of insight that Jim Woodring is making the best art in any medium (except for the mighty Michael Gira, of course); and not just visual art. His work can go up against ANYTHING. It's painful, it's funny, it's frightening, it's beautiful.If a book is good, it should warrant multiple readings. Woodring's Frank stuff basically requires multiple readings, which is both necessary AND feasible because it's wordless. It's dense, but it's not necessarily that difficult to get the general gist, though a few things still elude me. I would, however, recommend you read the Frank Book omnibus first, just to get a feel for the characters (and because it's great). In many ways I actually prefer this to the Frank Book, mostly because the continuous narrative gives it just a little more oomph than the mostly short pieces collected in the omnibus.Anyways, if you're not reading Jim Woodring, you're fucking up.

  • Corey Pung
    2018-12-25 06:35

    I thought by now I had a decent idea of what Jim Woodring’s Frank comic series was. Essentially, I thought it was about a Steamboat Willie/Felix the Cat hybrid named Frank who got into bizarre misadventures that often served as parables for the ill-effects of greed and desire. Weathercraft takes the series in a slightly different direction. For one thing, the lovable, bumbling hero Frank appears mainly as a peripheral character here, as do other characters like Pupshaw and Whim. Instead, for the first time that I know of, the main character of Weathercraft is Manhog, a despicable creature who, true to form, is part man and part hog. It also introduces two new characters, a pair of witchy crones nicknamed Betty and Veronica.To read my full review, go to:

  • Brendan
    2019-01-18 06:35

    Jim Woodring has long tantalized us with trippy, Disney-meets-Lovecraft comics about cartoony characters in horrorshow worlds. Among the most bizarre of his strange managerie is Manhog, a malevolent incompetent who steals and lies and menaces the other denizens of Frank's world. Weathercraft lets Manhog take center stage as he goes through a transformation from shiftless ne'er-do-well to thoughtful, be-robed philosopher. Alas, I had a much harder time following the narrative of this story than I usually do with Woodring's tales. So if you haven't read any Woodring, I probably would start with Frank, but this is another example of the strange, marvelous world you encounter in these books. Worth a read, even if it's leave you scratching your head.

  • Derek Royal
    2019-01-19 08:47

    I wanted to reread this book before I picked up Woodring's latest work, Fran. (I'll finally get to Congress of Animals, as well). I appreciate this one better than I did when it came out. Manhog is treated like crap here -- no surprise there -- but in this story he does undergo a quest, and as a result, becomes something more admirable. I liked the manipulations of the two hags, Betty and Veronica, who apparently set in motion what Manhog undergoes. But I would have liked to have seen them more at the very end, as if more like a narrative framing device. Still, a fascinating read. And it's hard to beat Woodring's art. There's nothing else like it…that is, unless you're on drugs.

  • Callie Rose Tyler
    2019-01-21 06:51

    I enjoyed this book more than Congress of the Animals, maybe that's because there was less Frank, or maybe because there was more story, but it might just be that I knew what to expect this time around.Weird, surreal, strange, disturbing, trippy.

  • Earline
    2019-01-06 07:45

    I really am a sucker for wordless comics! This is the first Woodring comic I've read, and while I appreciate Woodring's trippiness and knew what I was getting into.. I guess his comics are just not for me. Perhaps this isn't the best Woodring comic to start with. Since this was my first exposure to his characters, I wouldn't necessarily pick up on any of the subtleties or back-stories that a Woodring fan might have. Overall, not bad, but not panty dropping.

  • Anthony Vacca
    2019-01-04 10:40

    As enigmatic yet heady as a psych graduate's peyote dream, Woodring is an utterly idiosyncratic artist in the world of sequential art. As is always the case, this is a silent psychedelic trip through Woodring's familiar yet alien cartoon world, featuring inscrutably archetypal creatures and quest narratives that elude clear explanation or definitive interpretation. But it is always a strange and beautiful visit to Woodring's richly symbolic pen-and-ink wonderland. An emphatic must-read.

  • Jesse
    2018-12-27 02:39

    This is my first introduction to Frank's world, although I understand now, there were years of shorts setting the stage before this full-length wordless graphic novel. A picaresque read the first time through, it takes on more meaning each time I go through it. An Everyman story, I suppose, although it's hard to find the ultimate redemption. Visually hallucinogenic, the pages suggest an artist who has conquered the fear of creativity and original beauty.

  • Steve
    2019-01-01 02:41

    Jim Woodring is among my favorite authors; I could stare at his drawings all day, everyday. Despite its seeming abstruseness, the Unifactor maintains an internal logic which grounds the comedy as well as the despair of the Frank books -- and, of course, the aesthetics of the world itself. Weathercraft pulls this logic to its furthest extremes, yet never gets away from itself. Well, almost never. When I read/interpret Woodring, I feel exultant.

  • Dan
    2019-01-19 05:34

    Jim Woodring has a frightening imagination. I'll refrain from the "What drugs...?" thing because usually minds like this don't require that sort of stimulus (and yeah, that shit gets old). This may be the most satisfying and least appalling to me. Usually his books with their plastic abstraction get me nauseous, but this one with its fairly clear narrative of a path to enlightenment and its slapstick conclusion proved satisfying to me.

  • Kim
    2019-01-15 04:43

    Rob Clough's review of the work is well written.

  • Vittorio Rainone
    2019-01-10 04:57

    Storia muta, con una curiosa atmosfera in bilico fra Disney e horror. Molto particolare, con una fantasia lanciata a briglia sciolta, disegni molto belli, che ricordano, a grana grossa, delle stampe, per la ripetizione di elementi orizzontali. Sfogliare prima di comprare, perchè è un fumetto davvero strano.

  • Jacob
    2018-12-25 10:37

    Public library copy. Happy to discover this book on the shelf. it's been many years since I read the Frank books. This one was equally weird and amazing. No one else makes silent books so interesting and demanding.

  • Stef
    2019-01-18 04:56

    I have no idea why this was on my to-read list. I didn't have any background knowledge of Frank and had no idea what to expect, and I found it violent, ugly, and weird. Apparently there's a fan base for this but it doesn't include me

  • Zioluc
    2019-01-23 02:36

    Storia muta e molto lisergica con personaggi un po' disneyani e un po' alla Dalì. Ci sono momenti sgradevoli e altri esilaranti. Il disegno è curato ma non mi piace molto, invece apprezzo moltissimo i fumetti come questo che esplorano i limiti del linguaggio.

  • Ben Bueno
    2019-01-19 08:46

    Not much in the narrative department, but the art will make your mouth water. I should've probably been more familiar with Woodring's work before diving into this one. I need to get The Frank Book.