[Signed Limited Edition] Jimbo in Purgatory : Being a Mis-Recounting of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy in Pictures and Un-Numbered Footnotes
Seattle, WA: Fantagraphics Books, 2004. Signed Limited Edition. Hardcover. Stated first edition with artist illustrated, dated and signed limitation bookplate tipped in onto copyright page. Red cloth over boards, title and decorations stamped in black and sumptuous gilt onto upper cover, folio-sized (17-1/4 inches tall), pp. [ii], 1-33, [1 - ads], decorative endpapers, illustrated throughout with wonderful Gary Panter artwork. Volume with tiny rubs to tips and spine and two small bumps to board edges. Near Fine. Item #4306
"Panter has been a leading figure in underground comics for more than 25 years, and he's had a profound influence on everyone from Chris Ware to Matt Groening. He's generally credited with giving a graphic identity to the L.A. punk scene, and he was the lead designer for the vibrant world of the television show Pee Wee's Playhouse. Like R. Crumb, Panter stands as a beacon of artistic and literary genius in the medium. This oversized work is an amalgamation of Dante's Purgatorio, Boccaccio's Decameron, Panter's own fictional universe and various pop culture icons. Jimbo, a cross between Candide and Virgil, makes his way through a vast science fiction–like infotainment-testing center constructed as Mount Purgatory. Here Jimbo encounters Frank Zappa, John and Yoko, robots and dragons, among others, and each character is a stand-in for a personage in Dante's Divine Comedy. They each quote a fragment of text (cited at the bottom of each page) that furthers the plot. It's a complicated, often hilarious method of dialogue, combining poetic allusiveness with surreal game playing. The artwork is some of Panter's best: tight, almost 19th-century–style renderings in a page layout that combines illuminated manuscripts with turn-of-the-century comic strips, each page serving as both a single complete composition and a storytelling device. This is an unprecedented approach to page design, and it makes for a fluid, immersing read. Easily the best graphic novel released this year, Jimbo in Purgatory should be read and savored for a long time." Reed Elsevier Inc.
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