Jimbo in Purgatory

Jimbo in Purgatory FOUNDER OF PUNK ART REINVENTS DANTE THROUGH HIS CHARACTER JIMBO IN THIS LANDMARK GRAPHIC NOVEL Gary Panter has been one of America s preeminent designers and cartoonists of the last quarter century In

  • Title: Jimbo in Purgatory
  • Author: Gary Panter
  • ISBN: 9781560975724
  • Page: 124
  • Format: Hardcover
  • FOUNDER OF PUNK ART REINVENTS DANTE THROUGH HIS CHARACTER JIMBO IN THIS LANDMARK GRAPHIC NOVEL Gary Panter has been one of America s preeminent designers and cartoonists of the last quarter century In addition to being a prolific and sought after illustrator, he was one of the graphic minds behind the award winning Peewee s Playhouse show, and, as the creator of Jimbo,FOUNDER OF PUNK ART REINVENTS DANTE THROUGH HIS CHARACTER JIMBO IN THIS LANDMARK GRAPHIC NOVEL Gary Panter has been one of America s preeminent designers and cartoonists of the last quarter century In addition to being a prolific and sought after illustrator, he was one of the graphic minds behind the award winning Peewee s Playhouse show, and, as the creator of Jimbo, one of the pillars of the legendary RAW magazine Panter s early graphics defined the California punk ethos and the alternative zine scene and although he hasn t achieved the notoriety of Keith Haring or Kenny Scharf, the post Pop painting world is also deeply in his debt Now, Fantagrphics is proud to present a major, all new book by Panter Jimbo in Purgatory In this spectacular graphic novel, Panter has transformed his protean punk hero Jimbo into the protagonist of a reinterpretation of Dante s Purgatorio After years of comparing Dante and Boccaccio to find commonalities between the two, Panter developed a narrative of his own that includes literary and pop references regularly injected throughout the captions of the reinterpreted cantos In Panter s adaptation, Jimbo traverses a vast infotainment testing center built in the shape of Dante s Mount Purgatory Within its borders every man or robot stands in for a character in the Divine Comedy In this version all the participants in the drama must respond to one another within a lunatic logic wherein each quotes a literary fragment that demonstrates their respective knowledge of a particular passage and its import to the specific location in a poem Presented in a huge, oversize hardcover format even bigger than the classic RAW to do Justice to Panter sdensely packed pages, with a stunning two color stamping on the cloth covers, Jimbo in Purgatory is an art object, a brilliant literary game, a visual feast, and the most eye popping, visually and verbally challenging, and memorable new graphic novel of the year.

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    1. Virtually unreadable while simultaneously captivating to look at. It's easy to write it off via the Publisher's Weekly synopsis as a postmodern mash-up re-imagining of the Decameron, Dante's Purgatorio, and Candide viewed through the lens of late 20th century "junk" culture and experienced by Panter's punk-rock protagonist, Jimbo. Because that is what it is. But that glosses over the nitty-gritty of Panter's canonization of pop culture icons in mock-classical cameos as rendered by his methodical [...]

    2. I respect Panter for really pushing the boundaries of comics as a form. The complexity and literary cross references scream ART and the nods to popular culture say MODERN and COOL. The cover -a quirky collage pastiche of Gustave Dore's mid-Victorian illustrated Dante - says both.But, as you can tell, I respect it but I don't love it. It is monotonous, abstruse and dull. A bit like James Joyce: lousy for a read but great for a study course. I guarantee that copies will stay mint because people wo [...]

    3. This review is a review of Gary Panter's Jimbo Comics; particularly his Divine Comedy series. Gary Panter has a punk rock aesthetic that's been elevated to high/fine art in the art circles. He's good friends (if not best) with Matt Groening so to me that friendship kind of illustrates the relationship with art and commerce. Groening's initially subversive cartoon strips and Simpsons eventually becoming the cultural zeitgeist, status quo and eventual sunset. I'm including 4 books in this review; [...]

    4. The density and cut-up quality of the text makes this a slow read, which is a good thing as it forces you to spend quite some time on each panel, giving each line the attention it deserves. The drawing is as good as it gets and the page compositions are striking. Time and space break apart in every way imaginable in Panter's incrediblly thought-out grids, and the relentless barrage of quotations, characters and symbols builds layer upon layer of meaning that I presume even the most well-read sch [...]

    5. Jimbo is a buff, kilt-wearing frat boy who visits purgatory and meets a calvacade of celebrities and fantasy creatures, all of who spout endless lines of confusing dialogue. I like surreal art, but this is ridiculous. A bit too intentionally obtuse and pretentious for me.

    6. Dante's "Purgatario" re-imagined as a modern language graphic novel, with intricate woodcut-style illustrations? Sounds interestingd yet, just dull.

    7. this book is huge and beautiful and will make you want to hang the pages from your wall. i love gary panter. he is sincere, unpretensious and profounda hard fucking mixture to come across.

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