Gary Panter

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What Was Good About the ’80s?

What was good about the '80s? Think Pee Wee Herman's Playhouse and Gary Panter, one of the graphic wizards that made Pee Wee's sets and stuffs so hypnotically superific.

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Non-hit Psych Pop Redux

For all the decades I've known the great Gary Panter as cartoonist, comics artist, painter, shadow puppeteer, scenic designer, light designer, author, graphic novelist and all around great talent, I had no idea he had a band. His psych pop band's new 2 LP vinyl gate-fold package album art from Feeding Tube Records in...

Complete Anarchy, Illustrated

As the Tea Party and Occupy movements fade from the political scene, anarchy is still visible . . . well, its graphics are, anyway. In England, Autonomy: The Cover Designs of Anarchy, 1961–1970 just hit the streets. And PM Press is singlehandedly keeping anarchy alive with an impressive catalog of revolutionary fare that covers...

Bare Bodies, Mud Baths, and Beyond: Wet in Retrospect

In the late 1970s, bohemian hipsters on L.A.’s west side were getting Wet. Despite its small circulation, it became highly influential among local artists, designers, and architects. And now, “Making Wet: The Magazine of Gourmet Bathing,” provides a sampling of its spirit. Leonard Koren admits in his book that when he launched Wet in...

Chip Kidd's Vertical Adventures: Talking Book Design and Publishing Smut

“Penis!” It was the first thing out of the book designer Chip Kidd’s mouth, and without a moment’s hesitation. He and Gary Panter had just been asked: if you could create a magazine of your own, what would you call it? The Pee-Wee’s Playhouse designer was more circumspect, eventually considering the title “Smurfy Beaver Shots.”...