Jim Woodring was born in Los Angeles in 1952 and enjoyed a childhood full of poetry and perturbation among the snakes and tarantulas of the San Gabriel mountains. A self-taught artist, his works include autobiographical comics, anecdotal charcoal drawings and the sculptures, vinyl figures, fabrics and gallery installations that have been made from his designs. His multimedia collaborations with the musician Bill Frisell won them a United States Artists Fellowship in 2006.
His first regularly published work was the illustrated autojournal JIM, which chronicled his waking and sleeping experiences in text, illustration and comics. His best-known character, Frank, was created in 1992 out of a desire to tell timeless, placeless metaphysical fables with the cartoonist's traditional tools and visual vocabulary. Subsequently Frank's trials and triumphs have been documented in over 600 pages of comics published under such titles as The Frank Book, The Lute String, The Portable Frank, Weathercraft and this year's Congress of the Animals. Weathercraft won The Stranger's 2010 Genius Award for literature and was a finalist for The Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Frank collections have been published in Japan, France, Spain, Germany, Denmark, Holland and Norway. Woodring lives in Seattle with his family and on