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Jimbo in Purgatory (Jimbo's Divine Comedy #2)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  73 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
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, ...more
Hardcover, 33 pages
Published August 30th 2004 by Fantagraphics Books (first published August 16th 2004)
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Bryan Rountree
Dec 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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 ...more
George Marshall
Nov 02, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
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;
Brian O'Connell
Apr 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
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A fascinating, if sometimes confused, reimagining of Dante, Boccaccio, and Chaucer, amongst others. Panter's art is absolutely gorgeous--resplendent with pop culture icons, bizarre landscapes, and dizzying page layouts--but the writing is consistently difficult and sometimes quite tedious, weakening the impact of the volume. As one other reviewer put it, it's probably better to study than to read. Nonetheless, the art alone is worth the (admittedly excessive) price of entry.
Jan 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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 ...more
Mar 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Elizabeth Olson
May 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Dante's "Purgatario" re-imagined as a modern language graphic novel, with intricate woodcut-style illustrations? Sounds interesting...and yet, just dull.
Feb 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 31, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 profound...a hard fucking mixture to come across.
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Gary Panter was born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas. He studied painting at the East Texas State University and moved to Los Angeles in 1977. In L.A. he worked on multiple fronts, including painting, design, comics, and commercial imagery, establishing a pattern of creating across traditional boundaries, and in multiple media, that endures to this day.

In the late 1970s he exhibited his first majo
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Other Books in the Series

Jimbo's Divine Comedy (3 books)
  • Jimbo's Inferno
  • Jimbo: Adventures in Paradise