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4.19  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Jim Woodring's charcoal drawings take the otherworldly qualities of his comics (The Frank Book) to a higher level of clarity and nuance. These crisply rendered images reflect his life-long obsession with hidden worlds, alternate realities and the inexplicable resonance of the unprecedented and irrational in lucid art.

Seeing Things collects the most toothsome of these drawi
Paperback, 104 pages
Published March 26th 2007 by Fantagraphics (first published March 14th 2005)
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Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Take Stepan Chapman's pieces from Life on Earth and Common Ectoids of Arizona, mix in a dose of Woodring's own Weathercraft, then pump the images up in 3-dimensional depth through the skilled use of shading, and you have Seeing Things.
Brian Bergen-Aurand
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I came to Woodring's work with a skeptical eye and left it with a fan's enthusiasm.
Aug 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
It's pretty impressive that my attention can be held by this book, the first Woodring I dove into, because it has no narrative. Sure, there are hints of something like the make-up of a world in individual drawings, but there's no dialogue and there are no explicit connections between more than two panels at a time. Still, Woodring's obsessions (symmetry, pattern, bulginess) are fascinating to look at, and look one does. It's a short book, but each picture takes some time to look at. I'd recommen ...more
Mar 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Not really a comic, but that's where it was shelved in our local library and Jim is most well known for this Frank comics. This is a collection of Jim Woodring's charcoal drawings and a few other stand alone arts. Within the pages are 3 or 4 short essay-like writings that were either dreams Jim has had, or dream-like surrealist shorts. I'm not sure, but those were great too.
Eric T. Voigt
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I liked the Frogs section most of all and wish the entire thing was about 1,000 pages longer. And that there were three more short stories/autobiographical tellings AT LEAST. Zillions more would have been acceptable.
Oct 03, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: comics
Not really comics but lowbrow fine art. The writing is clunky and as strange as the images but interesting.
May 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
Woodring's talent for beautifully rendered weirdness is undeniable.
Kevin Ho
May 05, 2009 rated it liked it
Cool artwork from Jim Woodring. Froggy froggy froggy MANHOG!
Diedre Poellnitz
Aug 04, 2011 rated it liked it
The author have a weird imagination but I like it... It is quirky and odd and pictures are unlike anything I ever seen mostly in black and white....
Nov 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Woodring’s dark, surrealistic artwork is something that must be experienced rather than described.
Christian McKay
Jun 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Horror and ecstasy on every page.
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Jim Woodring was born in Los Angeles in 1952 and enjoyed a childhood made lively by an assortment of mental an psychological quirks including paroniria, paranoia, paracusia, apparitions, hallucinations and other species of psychological and neurological malfunction among the snakes and tarantulas of the San Gabriel mountains.

He eventually grew up to bean inquisitive bearlike man who has enjoyed th
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