Wednesday, July 23, 2008

NEW ARRIVALS: Picturebox Comix

GARY PANTER, Tank (Poster) $11.95
A few years ago you used to be able to go to Gary Panter’s studio most days at noon and he’d put on a lightshow for you. I did it and have never quite been the same since. He made semi-decipherable posters for these shows, and this is one of them, a visionary blend of type and image. Nobody does it better. Meditate on the cosmic high that is this poster.

GARY PANTER, Cola Madnes (New HB) $24.95
Cola Madnes is a graphic novel masterpiece by Gary Panter circa 1983. Starring a young Jimbo just trying to get an ever lovin’ cola, Panter’s drawing is at its most minimal here, his ratty line delineating a cosmic/comic world of nature, technology and junk food. Want to read a great novel this week? Look no further. He’s the best.

GARY PANTER, Gary Panter (New HB) $95.00
2 Volume Boxed Set, 688 pp., color
Foreword by Mike Kelley. Text by Robert Storr, Doug Harvey, Edwin Pouncey, Richard Gehr, Dan Nadel, Karrie Jacobs, Bryon Coley

An intimate look at the work and life of a legendary artist. Gary Panter has been one of the most influential figures in visual culture sincethe mid-1970s. From his era-defining punk graphics to his cartoon icon Jimbo to his visionary design for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse, he has left his mark on every medium he’s touched. Working in close collaboration with the artist, PictureBox has assembled the definitive volume on Panter’s work from the early 1970s to the present. This monumental, slipcased set is split into two 350-page volumes. The first is a comprehensive monograph featuring over 700 images of paintings, drawings, sculptures, posters and comics, alongside essays by Robert Storr, Mike Kelley, Richard Klein, Richard Gehr, Karrie Jacobs and Byron Coley, as well a substantial commentary by the artist himself. The second volume features a selection from Panter’s sketchbooks–the site of some of his most audacious work–most of which has never been published in any form.

A three-time Emmy Award-winner for his production design on Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and the recipient of the 2000 Chrysler Award for Design Excellence, graphic artist Gary Panter has drawn inspiration from diverse vernacular and traditional art arenas over the course of the past four decades. Closely associated with the underground comics and music scenes on both coasts, he is responsible for designing the Screamers iconic 1970s poster, many record covers for Frank Zappa, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Residents and the ongoing comic character Jimbo. Most recently Panter has performed psychedelic light shows at the Hirschhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. and at New York’s Anthology Film Archives. He was a featured artist in the major 2006-2007 touring exhibition, Masters of American Comics.

PAPER RAD, Pig Tales (New PB) $14.95
Cartoon Workshop/Pig Tales is the follow up to Paper Rad’s acclaimed Paper Rad, B.J. and da Dogs is both a return to form and a move forward for the group. Focusing on their joke-oriented side, they’ve produces a book of exuberant fun. Bringing together funny comic strips, psychedelic imagery, and their lo-fi digital wizardry, this new volume is a great sampling of what the group can accomplish as entertainers. This is book-as-variety show, as the energetic collective bounces from longer stories like Patrick and Catrick to suites of gag cartoons like Pig Tales, to drawings of Alf, and Miss Piggy and pixilated creatures. Throughout, Paper Rad brings both silly humor and serious satire, bringing their unique blend of cartoon absurdism to new heights.

Paper Rad is a Providence, Rhode Island-based art collective consisting of Jessica Ciocci, her brother Jacob and their friend Ben Jones. Their previous book, Paper Rad, B.J. and da Dogs, received international acclaim. They are represented by Foxy Production and will be featured in the 2007 Athens Bienalle.

in color

YUCHIO YOKOYAMA, New Engineering (New PB) $19.95
Translated from the Japanese original, this book combines two of Yokoyama’s central themes: fighting and building. One set of stories, entitled Public Works, details massive structures being erected across a landscape. Plot is pushed aside in favor of sheer formal verve as we watch buildings about which we know nothing, come into being. The other set of stories, Combats, is one sequence after another of elegantly choreographed battles. Yokoyama builds things up and tears them down. Comics have never seen a talent that combines this level of formal ambition with exquisitely drawn depictions of fashion, art and architecture.

This is the most surprising and revolutionary graphic novel released this year. Take a chance on a modern manga master.

C.F., Powr Mastrs 1 (New PB) $18.00
This first book by acclaimed artist C.F. is the most anticipated graphic novel debut of the year. Powr Mastrs is an intense fantasy story projected to run to six volumes. C.F. narrates the story of a tribe of mystical warriors whose power relations are constantly in flux. As power shifts, so do physical and psychological identities. In this first volume, we are introduced to the central characters and begin to understand the complex geography in which they wander. PowrMastrs is overflowing with graphic ideas, from the intricately designed costumes each character wears to C.F.’s exactingly drawn architectural details, all rendered in his distinctive pencil line. With Powr Mastrs C.F. finally comes into his own, making a book as vital for the practice of drawing as for graphic novels.

“If a reader were to pick up on any one cartoonist working at a furious and considered and accomplished pace right below the radar of most comics fans, C.F. might be the best choice.”—The Comics Reporter

PAPER RAD, Wutang Comics (B&W Broadsheet) $3.00
The newest Paper Rad joint! 12 big pages of funny, terrifying and all together fascinating comics. This is PR ‘07. Lap it up, let it tide you over and seek revelation!

COLD HEAT SPECIAL #1 (B&W Broadsheet) $3.00
A truly awesome, white nuckle adventure starring Castle. Frank Santoro did the plot and layouts here and Jon Vermilyea did the art and story. Action, adventure and awesomeness in the best rock ‘n’ adventure comic going!

COLD HEAT SPECIAL #4 (B&W Broadsheet) $3.00 SOLD!

COLD HEAT #1 Frank Santoro (Color Comic Book) $5.00
This twelve-issue, semi-monthly comic book by artists Ben Jones (Paper Rad) and Frank Santoro (Chimera, Storeyville) is a unique collaboration, applying Jones’s surreal, biting prose to Santoro’s elegant yet dynamic renderings. The result is an action comic like no other. Over the course of twelve monthly issues, Castle, the 18 year old hero of the story, embarks on a life altering adventure through Prozac, corporate rock, globalization, and, of course, sex. Along the way she meets Howard Stern, Barry McGee, and a well-preserved Adolf Hitler.

“What I imagine some could think is the worst comic book ever and others like me feel is simply a compelling, straight-forward thriller drawn with audacious flair by Frank Santoro.”–Comics Reporter

“A comic that feels like a cable from a world where the only thing that exists is a dimly lit bedroom in which you’re wearing ripped jeans and you just keep listening to and rewinding “Teenage Riot” over and over again. Outstanding”–The Comics Journal

COLD HEAT #2 Frank Santoro (Color Comic Book) $5.00

COLD HEAT #3 Frank Santoro (Color Comic Book) $5.00

COLD HEAT #4 Frank Santoro (Color Comic Book) $5.00

INCANTO Frank Santoro (Color Comic Book) $5.00
A single issue comic book: Romance comics Tezuka-style. Sunny, dreamy, hallucinatory comic storytelling. Santoro manages to make images that will remain seared into your brain long after you close the covers of this remarkable journey.

C.F. Core Of Caligula (Color Comic Book) $2.00
Core of Caligula is C.F.’s ongoing series of “daily life” comics. Funny, a little scary, and all together compelling, they follow an unnamed man as he tries to figure out who or what he is. Marked by the usual gorgeous drawing and design, Core of Caligula is the latest essential entry of C.F.’s work from PictureBox.

(All title descriptions courtesy Picturebox Inc.)

All titles can be purchased from:

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