Congress of the Animals
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Congress of the Animals


Readers of the "Frank" stories know that The Unifactor is in control of everything that happens to the characters that abide there, and that however extreme the experiences they undergo may be, in the end nothing really changes. That goes for treble for Frank himself, who is kept in a state of total ineducability by the unseen forces of that haunted realm. And so the question arises: what would happen if Frank were to leave The Unifactor? The question is answered in Congress of the Animals, Jim Woodring's much-anticipated, second full-length graphic novel. In this gripping saga an act of casual rudeness sets into motion a chain of events which propels Frank into a world where he is on his own at last; and like so many who leave home, Frank finds himself contending with realities of which he had no previous inkling.
In Congress of the Animals we are treated to the pitiful spectacle of Frank losing his house, taking a factory job, falling in with bad company, fleeing the results of sabotage, escaping The Unifactor in an amusement park ride, surviving a catastrophe at sea, traveling across hostile terrain toward a massive temple seemingly built in his image, being treated roughly by gut-faced men and intervening in an age-old battle in a meadow slathered in black and yellow blood. And when he finally knocks on opportunity's door he finds... he finds... The answer, my friend, is blowin' into bookstores in April, 2011.

Title:Congress of the Animals
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:104 pages

    Congress of the Animals Reviews

  • Jan Philipzig
    Sep 01, 2015

    Perfection. But fun. And romantic, too....

  • Eddie Watkins
    Jun 30, 2011

    [image error]Mythopoeic. This term must be used when discussing Jim Woodring’s work. Behind the intensely subjective vision and surrealistic extravagances is a heraclitean bedrock of received and cr...

  • Keith
    Jun 25, 2014


  • David Schaafsma
    Apr 21, 2015

    A pair with another book, Fran, and this is a Frank book. Others have written more detailed reviews but this is surreally inventive, possibly hallucinogenic, mythical, magical, somewhat disturbing, im...

  • Sam Quixote
    Jul 27, 2011

    Frank's house is destroyed after a freak polo accident, causing him to get a job at a factory to pay the costs of rebuilding it. But that wouldn't make an interesting book would it? Frank escapes and ...

  • Mike Carey
    Mar 14, 2013

    I'm normally a little wary of totally silent comic books. There are very few people who can pull off that trick of creating a compelling and engaging story with no words at all. Jim Woodring is one of...

  • Derek Parker
    Jul 22, 2012

    This is a great book, and one I've had for awhile and has been sitting on my "to read" stack. Now that Fran has just been released, I thought it the perfect opportunity to finally get to Congress of t...

  • First Second Books
    Apr 12, 2011


  • Nate D
    Jan 03, 2012

    Not quite as good as the shorter stories, I think, which tend to be more focused and elemental, somehow both clearer and less clear than this one, to me, but hard not to be amazed by regardless....

  • Blackout
    Jun 05, 2011

    Absolutely Amazing and Beautiful in every respect...the closer you look - the more there is to see. Beyond words....