Gary Panter

Went to see the artist Gary Panter speak tonight at the Strand bookstore. If you don't know who he is, Gary Panter is the mastermind behind the Pee Wees Playhouse design, as well as lots of other great art, dating back to the 70s. He created the character Jimbo, appeared in Slash magazine in LA, and has done numerous album covers. He has a humongous new book out and did a slide presentation, showing some of that work, with amusing anecdotes and insider information. Meeting him was a pleasure and he doodled a little drawing on an old gallery opening envelope I dug up from 1989. This guy really is a living legend, and his book looks like a couple of phone books piled on top of each other. Heavy duty stuff for a heavy hitter in the art world ( at least in my book).