Panter's long-awaited new work is a gigantic (12" x 17 1/4") hardcover which re-imagines his cult hero Jimbo as the protagonist in Dante's most famous work! After years of comparing Dante and Boccaccio to find commonalities between the two, Panter developed a narrative of his own that includes literary and pop references regularly injected throughout the captions of the reinterpreted cantos. Presented in a huge oversized hardcover format (even bigger than the classic RAW!) to do justice to Panter's densely packed pages, with a stunning two-color stamping on the cloth covers, Jimbo in Purgatory is an art object, a brilliant literary game, a visual feast, and the most eye-popping, visually and verbally challenging, and memorable new graphic novel of the year. Special Limited Edition of 400, includes signed and numbered woodblock print (pictured) by Gary Panter.
"Jimbo in Purgatory is Gary Panter's magnum opus, the summit of an enormously important artistic career." – National Post
"Panter's art is about moral and aesthetic contradictions. His drawing can be at once wretchedly grotesque and unfathomably charming; he delights in the underbelly and revels in the prosaic. His pictures sometimes look as though they were rendered with a fork, but each line has an expressive purpose." – Steven Heller
"Panter's most sustained and intense visual effort ever. When I saw it, I broke out into the cold sweat that real art can bring on." – Art Spiegelman
"Easily the best graphic novel of 2004." – Publishers Weekly