Available widely for the first time Legendary underground cartoonist
Gary Panter's comics are typically anarchic and fun, but they also delve
deeper. Drawn in 1983, printed in 2001 and released here for the first
time, "Cola Madnes" stars Jimbo, Panter's enduring punk everyman,
sharing billing with a cast of idiosyncratic characters including Bob
War; his calamitous brother, Uncle Garcia; a smart-talking dinosaur and
beleaguered guardian in a bathrobe; and Kokomo, a native in an
unspecified tropical land colonized by oil companies. The delightfully
inane story offers a selection of Panter's themes: Humanity's troubled
relationship with nature and technology; the tension between restraint
and the uncontrollable urge; family relationships; and Jimbo's
endearing, comical self-doubt. Panter's black-and-white "ratty line"
drawing style offers great economy while suggesting a broad range of
graphic styles, from "art brut" to bathroom graffiti, and calls to mind
the work of legendary cartoonists Jack Kirby and Osamu Tezuka. Now Only $12.98
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