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Frank C Pape

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Redigerat: feb 17, 2009, 7:18pm

Anyone familiar with this artist?

Here's a bio:

I ran across him with an edition of Rabelais. I think his work is terrific. To my eye he's an inspiration for Jim Woodring's work.

Another link:

feb 18, 2009, 3:57am

I've heard the name and I'm sure I've got a random illustration or two of his in various books...but I never really paid enough attention to him.
This is nice stuff though. Thanks for bringing it up!
There's so much cool stuff out there it's easy for some pretty amazing work to slip between the cracks....and sometimes I might see a couple pieces that aren't the artist's best work and blow him off, only to find he did a lot of other stuff that was incredible.

feb 18, 2009, 6:05am

I've also heard of him and seen some of his work, but not to this level of detail. I'm not sure of the connection to Jim Woodring however.

As an aside, if you ever get to see any of Jim's work in person the level of color saturation is remarkable - I had the pleasure of having dinner with Jim once when he was a guest at DragonCon - we went to a local Thai place - he's an interesting fellow. I think he enjoyed some of the more primordial aspects of Atlanta (night ride, open air, high humidity, old-growth forests - he really dug that - so much that he rode in the bed of a pickup to enjoy the energy). Burden has a couple of color pages hanging in his hallway - they're so vivid you stand and stare. In general Burden doesn't hang up much of other people's artwork so I find it telling that he's got the two Woodrings and a pair of Moebius illustrations in the hall and not much hung up elsewhere (the exception are some vintage posters) - understand we're talking about someone who has an amazing collection of original art that's all stored in drawers. Sorry for the hijack...

Redigerat: feb 18, 2009, 1:06pm

" I'm not sure of the connection to Jim Woodring however."

It's less the color work, and more the black and white work.Their linework and the surreal, playfully sinister aspects of the work seem to share a lot in common. If you scroll down to the bottom of the page on the first link, you'll get a better idea of what I mean, but if you see something like the illustrations he did for Rabelais, you wont think it's a stretch at all.

feb 18, 2009, 4:09pm

Jim Woodring is a guy I feel guilty for never getting into. I think about buying books of his...and then never get around to it. I feel like I should be more motivated to buy his stuff, but...I just haven't been.

That is, until just recently...I saw a thing or two of his that reminded me of a favorite of mine from the dark recesses of my childhood, Boris Artzybasheff.

Maybe I will get some Woodring stuff after all.
Anyone have tips on a book of his that has more of his Artzybasheff-like stuff?

feb 18, 2009, 7:22pm

The Manhog stories have that feel to them - pick up a copy of Jim (the magazines are fairly common and inexpensive) or the Book of Jim. Frank Vol. 1 has some beautiful color work. Neither is hard to find - I think Fantagraphics still has both softcovers in their catalog (not positive). You can order his latest stuff directly from him:

Redigerat: feb 18, 2009, 10:47pm

Yes he does look a little like Artzybasheff as well.
I think you can't go wrong with Frank Vol. 1 as a starting point. I like all of Woodring's work, but I think that Frank represents a kind of crystalization of his artistic vision.

If you just want to look at some of his stuff, check out his blog:

feb 19, 2009, 12:22am

Now that I take a closer look at his stuff, I can't imagine why I never bought any before.

feb 19, 2009, 1:04am

Dinoboy pretty much took the words right out of my mouth. Pape's not someone I was overly familiar with.

I wish Jim Vodeboncoeur was still doing the Illustrator pages. It's always nice to discover something new!

Redigerat: feb 19, 2009, 11:24am

I would add that as comics, his Jim stuff is some of the most interesting and fascinating stories ever written in comics.
A number of my favorite stories are not collected in the Book of Jim and are only in the Jim magazine.

feb 19, 2009, 2:29pm

I ran into Jim Vadeboncoeur at a lunch get-together the other day. It sounds like he's doing pretty good. He spends a couple months a year in France in a house (apartment?) he and his wife bought.
And, as far as I know, he's still putting out his magazine (but his website probably has all that information)

I should have asked him if he was planning any more books....since he spent most of the lunch talking to John Fleskes.

And....about John, his book on William Stout's murals should be out now, or at least in a couple days.

feb 20, 2009, 1:39am

I'm thoroughly convinced that John has a direct tap into the art appreciating lobe of my brain, because he has an *uncanny* ability to produce absolutely gorgeous art books on most of my favorite artists.

Hopefully I'll get to see Bill Stout in March.

The reprint of Gianni's 20K book is beautiful. I'm also looking forward to the Al Williamson Flash Gordon book, and Mark Schutltz's next Various Drawings volume.

Jim Woodring is an artist I've been meaning to getting around to one of these days, much like Larry Marder. While I have a few things by both gentlemen, I'd like to see more.

mar 28, 2009, 9:49am

You can see some of Pape's color illustrations here (very nice to):

mar 28, 2009, 12:52pm

Only one there, but very nice indeed!!

aug 6, 2011, 7:03am

'Spirit of the Ages' had added a few more pages to the online presentation of Pape's work (in addition to the landing page, Frank C Pape: Art for Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends (, including:

• ''The Toils and Travels of Odysseus'';

• ''Fifty-Two Stories of Classic Heroes'';

• ''The Gateway to Spenser - Stories from the Faerie Queen'';

• ''The Pilgrim's Progress'';

• ''The Golden Fairy Book'';

• ''The Ruby Fairy Book'';

• ''The Diamond Fairy Book'';

• ''Sigurd and Gudrun'';

• ''Siegfried and Kriemhild'';

• ''The Book of Psalms'';

• ''As It Is In Heaven'';

• ''The Story Without an End'';

• ''Robin Hood and Other Stories of Yorkshire'';

• ''The Russian Story Book'';

• ''Tales from Shakespeare'';

• ''The Revolt of the Angels'';

• ''Penguin Island'';

• ''The Well of St Clare'';

• ''Domnei: A Comedy of Woman-Worship''; and

• ''Suetonius' Lives of the Twelve Caesars''.

aug 6, 2011, 2:03pm

Some more fuel for thought on Papé-