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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.
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.
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...
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.
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?
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:
Now that I take a closer look at his stuff, I can't imagine why I never bought any before.
I wish Jim Vodeboncoeur was still doing the Illustrator pages. It's always nice to discover something new!
A number of my favorite stories are not collected in the Book of Jim and are only in the Jim magazine.
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.
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.
• ''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''.