Mike Kelley, Paul Reubens, Gary Panter, Matt Groening. Chateau Marmot, Los Angeles, 2008. Book party for Gary Panter.
Ben Jones: Men’s Group, now shipping everywhere. First 150 orders receive a signed and drawn-on book + tote bag. Get in there now. As you can see, it’s a mindblower. 188 pages of pure Ben Jones goodness, topped off with texts by the likes of Peter Saul, Gary Panter, Nicole Rudick, Byron Coley and Joe Bradley.
Dal Tokyo does not “reproduce situations,” as Walter Benjamin said of Bertolt Brecht’s theater, “it discovers them.” And the reader, awash in unfamiliar terrain, is compelled to find a new way to make sense of it.-Nicole Rudick on Gary Panter’s Dal Tokyo, Los Angeles Review of Books
Gary man opening Friday night, NYC.
Might I recommend a few items to buy during the PictureBox sale? Here we go:
Gary Panter: Our two-volume, 700-page masterpiece can be had for less than $20. At normally $95 that’s just silly. Buy two and give one away!
A PBox-fave, Wipe That Clock off Your Face, now just $10. This is Brian Belott’s visual manifesto and a must for anyone professing interest in my paltry company. Likewise Trinie Dalton’s Mythtym — one of my personal favorites and a much slept-on book upon its release. Get it now for less than $10. Features everyone from Sammy Harkham to Takeshi Murata to Paper Rad to Sue de Beer to Aurel Schmidt. Great shit.
World of Pain 1: We just got a warehouse stash of the great James Jarvis’s very first comic book from 2000. Seriously. If you’re in a James Jarvis mood, you can still get an original page from De Profundis, now for just $100. Jeez. Also in from the UK: Tales of Greenfuzz 2 and 3.
Shit, what about those Negron hand-drawn dust jackets? Now just $70!
Why not introduce yourself to Rory Hayes by purchasing a mammoth collection of his early work for just $21.
Finally, have you ever experienced Overspray? This is simply our most exquisitely produced book, all in service to the sparkling airbrush culture of 1970s Los Angeles. Normally $50 and right now less than $15!
Remember, the coupon code is PBOX and the sale is only until December 3rd.
This is looong in the making and I’m so glad it’s out. Essential stuff.
220-page black & white 16.25” x 6.25” hardcover • $35.00
Ships in: August 2012 (subject to change) — Pre-Order Now
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Gary Panter began imagining Dal Tokyo, a future Mars that is terraformed by Texan and Japanese workers, as far back as 1972, appropriating a friend’s idea about “cultural and temporal collision” (the “Dal” is short for Dallas).
Why Texan and Japanese? Panter says, “Because they are trapped in Texas, Texans are self-mythologizing. Because I was trapped in Texas at the time, I needed to believe that the broken tractor out back was a car of the future. Japanese, I’ll say, because of the exotic far-awayness of Japan from Texas, and because of the Japanese monster movies and woodblock prints that reached out to me in Texas. Japanese monster movies are part of the fabric of Texas.”
In 1983, Panter finally got a chance to fully explore this world, and share it with an audience, when the L.A. Reader published the first 63 strips. A few years later, the Japanese reggae magazine Riddim picked up the strip, and Panter continued the saga of Dal Tokyo in monthly installments for over a decade. But none of these conceptual descriptions will prepare the reader for the confounding visual and verbal richness of Dal Tokyo, as Panter’s famous “ratty line” collides and colludes with near-Joycean wordplay, veering from more or less intelligible jokes to dizzying non-sequiturs to surreal eruptions that can engulf the entire panel in scribbles. One doesn’t read Dal Tokyo; one is absorbed into it and spit out the other side.