Jimbo's Inferno by Gary Panter

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The punk art legend sends his best-loved character into Dante's Inferno.

"Don't try to pass a pop quiz on Dante's Hell based on a reading of this comic," warns Gary Panter. "It won't work. Even though the comic is engorged with Dante's Hell and though Jimbo mouths a super-condensed version of what happens in The Inferno, canto by canto, characters are fused, actions inverted, parodied, subject to mutation by my odd memories and obsessions and whims…"

That said, Jimbo's Inferno is the hugely anticipated sequel (or prequel, as it was actually completed first) to Jimbo In Purgatory. In this oversize hardcover cloth-and-gold-finished volume, produced to the same exacting standards as 2004's Purgatory, Jimbo, accompanied by his trusty guide and ride Valise, visits Hell (here envisioned as a gigantic subterranean shopping mall called Focky Bocky), and in so doing runs across minotaurs, drug-addled punkettes, UFOs, giant robots, and more, leading him to such profound questions as, "Why do so many recreational activities involve smoke and heat?"

Panter's wild Albrecht-Dürer-meets-Jack-Kirby graphics are wilder and more hallucinatory than ever, and given the full, expansive treatment they so richly deserve. Black-and-white comics throughout

About Gary Panter

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Gary Panter lives in Brooklyn, NY, with his wife, designer Helene Silverman.
Published April 5, 2006 by Fantagraphics. 40 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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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.

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Jimbo's Inferno is the prequel to his critically acclaimed Jimbo in Purgatory , which came out in 2004.

Apr 03 2006 | Read Full Review of Jimbo's Inferno

Entertainment Weekly

Gary Panter is a crucial latter-day artist, one who has fused comic-book and modern-art styles.

Apr 19 2006 | Read Full Review of Jimbo's Inferno

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