The Portable Frank

The Portable Frank

Book - 2008
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Frank is a unique, visionary comic, exquisitely drawn and so fullyrealized that adults and children alike find themselves drawn deeply intoWoodring's hallucinatory mindscape. The stories, almost entirely wordless, aretold with brilliant, candy colors that people of all ages find alluring. Frankis an 11-year-old generic anthropomorph who lives in a force-laden landscapecalled the Unifactor. He is curious but not smart, naïve but not noble, andhis most outstanding character trait is his ineducability. Along with Pupshaw,Frank's semi-subservient housedog-like godling, the two traipse across theirsurreal landscape, occasionally encountering Manhog, the bloated bladder of sinwith a heart of radiance who exists to thwart their prosperity. For all itsmystery, the world of Frank is a simple, delightful, mesmerizing example ofworld-building at its most fanciful, surely to delight parents and childrenalike.
Publisher: Seattle, Wash. : Fantagraphics, 2008.
ISBN: 9781560979784
Characteristics: 198 p. : chiefly ill. ; 23 cm.


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theorbys Feb 21, 2013

The narrative logic of the wordless, adventures of the felinish Frank is somewhat mysterious, but one can get the drift as one drifts along with it. The fantastic (in both senses of the word) drawing of Frank's world (and Woodring is a world builder) is likely based in Bosch, but filtered through 500 more years of visual culture, definitely including photography of such things as deep ocean lifeforms, rotiferians, and underground comix The result is a dense but always crisp drawing that is a real pleasure to behold and creates a unique visionary cartoon world.

Jun 22, 2011

Frankly, kind of disturbing, but I couldn't put it down. It's wordless and seems meaningless but it's terrifyingly beautiful at the same time.

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