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Series: New York Review Comics
Publication Date: March 30, 2021
JimboAdventures in Paradise
by Gary Panter, foreword by Ed Ruscha, afterword by Nicole Rudick
Gary Panter is one of America’s great creative forces: the illustrator for the trailblazing punk magazine Slash, set designer for the legendary TV show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, and one of the wildest, most innovative comics artists of all time. Jimbo: Adventures in Paradise is a leap into the uproarious life of Panter’s ever-cheerful punk everyman, Jimbo, and a perfect introduction to Panter’s ever-shifting style. Amid a jumbled cityscape of rundown New York City streets and futuristic Los Angeles freeways, Jimbo crowd-surfs at a riot, makes amends with Ernie Bushmiller’s Nancy, and rescues his pal Smoggo’s sister from giant cockroaches, all while the world teeters between extravagance and apocalypse.
Veering from the crude to the elegant, the wise to the funny, Jimbo: Adventures in Paradise proves Panter is a master of cartooning, and still way ahead of the rest of us.
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Gary Panter is deeply good, wise, and humble, despite possessing an inimitable sense of line and color, an extraterrestrial imagination, and a direct pipeline to his kid self. I’d say he was my role model if I could only aspire that high.
Jimbo: Adventures in Paradise is a Panter essential, a comics game changer, and one of my absolute favorites of his many mind-altering masterpieces. Punk rock becomes a symphony, panels blend and create an abstract pool, both shocking and refreshing.
Is Jimbo: Adventures in Paradise another mind-blowing, oversized masterpiece from the legendary ink-spattered Gary Panter? I say yes.
[Gary Panter’s paradise] may be hectic and gross, but it’s also lively and comic and kinetic and crawling with ideas. . . [Jimbo is] a reminder, too, that late twentieth-century American culture was so rich even its dystopian nightmares were feasts.
— Jackson Arn, Art in America