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Trosper (Frank)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  59 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
Frank creator Jim Woodring and legendary jazz guitarist/Nonesuch recording artist Bill Frisell have collaborated to create this unique multimedia storybook for the ages. Reminiscent of a Little Golden Book, this full-color hardcover contains a delightful story made all the more special with the inclusion of a CD created and recorded by Frisell especially for this book and ...more
Hardcover, 36 pages
Published April 15th 2002 by Fantagraphics (first published February 15th 2002)
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Moohk Hibou
Oct 17, 2013 Moohk Hibou rated it it was amazing
Lullabies for little psychonauts.
Andrew Walter
Oct 31, 2009 Andrew Walter rated it it was amazing
I have to confess, I only "read" this book in the Tate Modern bookshop, so I haven't heard the Bill Frisell soundtrack that you get with it, but I have to say that this is quintessential Woodring! I suppose it's intended for kids, but it's also an excellent primer for anyone not used to the man's work, as it has the same oneric, and sometimes vaguely horrifying quality that you get in the Frank books- poor Trosper is scared out of his wits by squamous things that are often "off-frame" as he scut ...more
Eddie Watkins
Sep 29, 2014 Eddie Watkins rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga-comics
A neat little book about a happy-go-lucky domesticated small elephant-like creature who while merrily playing on his ball is confronted by mean creatures who are like manifestations of the universe's forces of darkness (Woodring is slyly metaphysical). These creatures try to ruin Trosper's merry day, but fail, and Trosper ends happily back atop his ball, plump and jouncy.

The story is wordless and comes with a CD with somewhat dark ambient music by Bill Frisell, who collaborates quite a bit with
Matt Piechocinski
Jul 16, 2015 Matt Piechocinski rated it liked it
Probably not the best picture book to show your 2 year old ... great trippy art though.
Nov 24, 2010 Peacegal rated it liked it
Trosper is a confused creature who looks something akin to a miniature elephant. He wants only to play with his red ball and enjoy his day, but bizarre and at times terrifying elements seem to rear up everywhere around him.

Jim Woodring brings his signature surrealistic style to this wordless picture book; however, he tones down his works’ violent elements in interest of a wider audience. As with much of Woodring’s work, one gets the sense that there are deeper life metaphors lurking in these ca
Eric T. Voigt Voigt
Dec 11, 2011 Eric T. Voigt Voigt rated it it was amazing
Hahaha. The whole time I was expelling snorts of laughter while audibly? thinking "poor Trosper" until the last frame, at which I let out one guffaw and closed the book. "Yes."
Mar 20, 2008 Dash rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kids of all ages! Even us grown-up ones...
Recommended to Dash by: Found on my own - I am a huge Jim Woodring fan
I got this for my neice - it is a great psychedelic art book that comes with it's own soundtrack! Jim Woodring is one of my favorite comic/visionary artists.
Sam McCanna
May 26, 2010 Sam McCanna rated it it was amazing
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