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Frank, Vol. 1 (Frank)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  733 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
Jim Woodring's captivating and enigmatic body of "Frank" stories is an astonishing work of imaginative splendor.Included in Volume 1 is the complete, award-winning masterpiece "Frank in the River" -- 32 pages of breathtaking painted color -- as well as 60 pages of crisply beguiling black-and-white pen-and-inkwork.
Paperback, 96 pages
Published July 17th 1997 by Fantagraphics Books (first published December 1st 1995)
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Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
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What a strange and delightful mix of cute and creepy. Welcome to a colorful, freaky and bizarre acid-trip!

Frank, the weird purple and white critter who's the star of the book is a puzzle. He's depicted as something of a naïf who bumbles through life, yet he has no qualms about decapitating a friendly smiling fish.

I got a big kick out of his nemesis, a grotesque yet pitiable creature called the "Manhog."


Probably not for everyone, but I'm looking forward to spending more time in Frank's world.
Nate D
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jim Woodring's Frank carves out one of the most singularly focused and unique dreamscapes in comics. This volume collects the earliest works from the mid-90s, including the original, "Frank in the River". The early sensibility is perhaps less refined than it later became, but even so somehow emerged fully formed as itself at all points. Whimsy, wisdom, and menace, not only in balance but as inextricable parts of eachother.
jared Moore
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Woodring is not afraid to go to those dark places that most of us fear to tread. Perfect for that acidhead on your xmas list!
Dec 17, 2008 rated it really liked it
It's like Krazy Kat on bad acid. The stories are utterly bizarre, lack any true dialogue, and yet aren't alienating. You get the sense that there is a symbolic order to Woodring's creepy, fantastic world. There are morals to these stories, and a definite anti-capitalist bent. It's a book I can see myself returning to in the future, finding new layers of weirdness and depth.
Zero Jones
Mar 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Welcome to the wonderful and weird world of Frank. Mostly in mime and beautifully illustrated, this is comic books as art.
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