Woodring's wordless Frank
comics are utterly distinctive, not least in each successive publication of them. Woodring has often taken the same images from black and white to flat, comic-book color to three-dimensional full-color in the transition from one kind of publication to another. This album of four thematic portfolios (rather than stories) in Woodring's most highly developed, volumetric style, however, confirms that what he does in color he can do in black and white. Three of its parts contain charcoal work as full of depth and lighting effects as any of Woodring's color stuff. Those three showcase "scenes of sub-rational political activity," "portraits of forms taken by a cognizant object," and frogs, respectively. The final, color section is a potpourri. Frank and Manhog drop in from Frank
occasionally, but most of the figures here are, besides frogs, combinations of organic, inorganic, and artificial parts. Wood-ring introduces, sort of, each part with a "memoir" of his hallucinatory childhood that demonstrates that he is as cheerily, eerily masterful a wordsmith as an artist. Ray OlsonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
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"Woodring is a modern master of hallucinatory cartoons."