Dec 8, 2015
Frank Finds What We're All Looking For
The stories are wordless, except for an occasional cryptic remark. You are expected to find your own meanings.
It is crazy, weird, surreal fun, with lots of gay subtexts.
So I thought. But then I noticed some strong, almost Puritanical moralizing in Jim Woodring's comments.
Frank is "completely naive, capable of sinning by virtue of not knowing what he's really about."
Manhog is "an unholy hybrid of human ambivalence," who has sinned so much that he deserves all of the suffering he gets.
The beings in the Unifactor are inhabiting a spiritual realm, surrounded by myths and symbols, trying to find the ultimate reality that will explain their existence.
What is the ultimate reality?
In Congress of the Animals (2011), we find out. Frank goes exploring, enters another realm of consciousness, and finds "what we all are looking for." The ultimate reality.
At first I thought I could still salvage Frank. Maybe it wasn't a girl, maybe it was a boy, or a being of indeterminate gender. Maybe "what we all are looking for" is a friend.
Nope, it's a girl named Fran.
Is the ultimate meaning of life creating art? Helping people? Exploring? Finding God?
Nope, "what we are all looking for," is heterosexual romance.
And erasing gay people from the world.